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Collection TEXTILES-QUILTS
Catalog Number 1994.02.01
Object Name Quilt
Date 1853
Creator Maker Unknown
Place of Origin Southeastern Pennsylvania
Material Cotton
Dimensions W-82 L-98 inches
Description Fraktur Quilt in a 5 x 6 block formation of pieced cotton Flying Crow blocks. Each block averages 10.00" x 10.25" and is made of either a red print or pink print cotton. In the center is a cream square with a handwritten name in ink. Separating each block is 2.75" wide sashing made of white cotton and cornerstones made of double pink cotton. The surrounding border is 2.00" triangles of white and red cotton with a black print. The outer border is 7.50" wide and is made of white cotton with a black picotage print. The back is made of a brown and white striped cotton with a brown and black leaf print. The entire quilt has diamond cross-hatching and is all handstitched with white thread and a SPI of 7. There is an applied 1/2" wide binding of double pink cotton.
The names on the quilt from top to bottom, left to right:
Row 1: William Desch, Johannes Saul, Judith Ruth, Carolina Miller, Susanna Neimeyer
Row 2: Anna Maria Ruth, Maria Anna Desch, Peter Ruth, Anna Carolina Desch, Johnathan Knappenberger
Row 3: Elweina Butz, Salome Bar, Maria Bar, Catherina Neimeyer, Sarah Anna Desch
Row 4: Eliza Ruth, Daniel Niemeyer, Heinrich Ruth, Stephanie Neimeyer, Hannah Bar
Row 5: Peter Desch, Sarah Knappenberger, Henrietta Desch, Margaretha Neimeyer, Catharina Anna Desch
Row 6: Emmelina Neimeyer, Anna Margaretha Desch, Anna Maria Desch ihr Teppich 1853, Elisabeth Desch, Susanna Bar
Provenance There is no information about the maker of this piece, but it belonged to Anna Maria Desch(1834-1902) in 1853. She was born in Macungie, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on April 1, 1834.Her father was Daniel Desch (1802-1853) and mother was Elizabeth (Ruth) Desch (1806-1886). She was baptized on May 11, 1834 at Zion Lehigh Lutheran Church. The sponsors were her maternal grandparents Philip and Maria Ruth. In 1850 she was a resident of Lower Macungie, Lehigh County Pennsylvania and lived in the household of her parents with siblings: Sarah,16; Peter,14; William,12; Carolina, 10; Elizabeth, 6; and Daniel, 14.

This quilt was documented in the Goschenhoppen Quilt Survey.
Cataloged by C.Harvey
Search Terms Signature Quilt
Fraktur Quilt
Friendship Quilt
Cross hatching
Flying Crow