Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Pieced Wool. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: A patch quilt made from black and gray pants fabrics. Blocks are feather stitched with orange cotton thread. Back is a tomato red cotton that is machine sewn together with the top. The quilt is tied together with orange thread at each corner of the block. Wool quilts were often made around the turn of the 20th century. While the exact date of this quilt is unknown, it contains characteristics of post-Civil War quilts. It was made from scraps of used clothing, was tied rather than quilted, was created for utilitarian use, and is in the somber color pallette of gray and black popular during the mourning periods after the war during the Victorian Period (after the style of Queen Victoria who lost her husband). Exhibition History: Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. purchased quilt from Hatti Brunner (1890-1982), Antiques dealer from Reinholds, Pennsylvania in the 1950nulls.
61 x 74 inches