Queen Victoria's birthday celebration souvenir on the right,
a Union Army reunion on the left.
See more quilts with ribbons in last week's post.
We call them ribbons but I realized that they
were called "ribbon badges" or just "badges" at
the turn of the last century when they were popular.
Ribbon quilt with many political and reunion badges.
Paterson Ribbon Ltd Paterson NJ
printed this ribbon. You can see their signature at the top
As late as the mid-1930s the terms were "ribbon badges" or "badges." Carrie Hall quoted a story about a quilt of badges gathered at General Grant's funeral.
Once you know what to call them you can find a good deal of information about these commemorative badges.
The Confederate Veteran magazine advised branch members:
"It is recommended that ribbon badges be provided for reunion and ceremonial occasions. They can be executed in such designs as may be desired. White, red and gold, in the materials and in the lettering, should however, be used as far as possible. "
They listed four dealers in Ribbon Badges
Whitehead and Hoag in Newark was a large supplier.
These silk ribbon badges were quite common when silk was cheap
between 1880 and 1910.
What better place to preserve the badges than in a quilt?
Crazy quilt with ribbon badges for Michael Bradley.
Collection Illinois State Museum.
Illinois project and the Quilt Index.
A manufacturers' directory lists Badge makers.
Advertising ribbon badges for an
1896 Confederate reunion in Richmond
Hart’s Battery Reunion of Hampton’s Legion, Richmond, 1896