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Feathered Square / Sawtooth


Feathered Square/Sawtooth                   Red, cream/white        875.00    
     68” x 74”  1895 (dated), probably Ohio. Made for Edward Sherman Harvey, b. 25 September 1868, by his mother, Diantha J. (Smith) Harvey (1840-1908), second wife of William Harvey (b. 11 April 1825).  Edward Sherman was born in Noble Co., Ohio, and m. Edna Florence Welch 6 April 1905.  Mary Alexander (Harvey) Harlos was their daughter and she inherited the quilt.  (Listed as Mary E., below).  Initialed E.S.H. on the back.

Turkey red and cream/white are used to form this positive/negative design of squares on point edged by half-square triangles. The center square is cream/white and contains the presentation inscription and date, framed by a red square, a white square, and an outer red square that is bordered by a 6.5” red and white sawtooth border.  The back and applied binding are the same crean/white as the front.  The presentation says “E.S. Harvey, 1895, Mother” in decorative double outline embroidery in red floss in the center.  Hand pieced and joined, hand quilted in four corner flowers and double parallels in the center square, in 1” square lattice on the diagonal through all of the red areas, and in feather fronds backed with 1” square lattice on the diagonal in the white square.  The borders are quilted in double line diagonals 1” apart.  A fabric label on the back and a paper label pinned to the front denote the exhibit history described below.  Only gently used, light discoloration on the horizontal fold, front.

THE CENTRAL STATES QUILT EXHIBITION:  In October 1949, The Stearns & Foster Company sponsored the Central States Quilt Exhibition held in Aurora, Illinois  – a collection of prize winning quilts from the 1949 state fairs in ten central states, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentuchy, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.  One hundred and twenty-eight quilts were entered. exhibited, and eleven prizes with ribbon trophies were awarded.  This quilt was entered from the 1949 Indiana State Fair, where it had been awarded a 4th prize.  It apparently did not win in the Central States exhibition.  The label on the back lists Mary E. Harlos of Lebanon, IN, as the owner.


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