Dealer Julie Silber had an exceptional crazy quilt for
sale last week at the American Quilt Study Group meeting
in Milwaukee. It's dated 1882-1884.
The seamstress included several political ribbons
such as a Garfield/Arthur ribbon from 1880.
By 1882 Arthur was President; Garfield had
died, a victim of a gunshot wound.
Another indication of mourning:
a ribbon with a portrait of President
Lincoln, "Our Martyred Father! We
Mourn His Loss." This looks like
silk but the only example I can find online
The most important ribbons were two from
Lincoln's presidential campaign. The blue
ribbon on the left is in poor condition (as is my photo)
but I recall it was from the Lincoln/Hamlin campaign
The 1864 Lincoln/Johnson campaign ribbon is in great shape.
Two other examples
Here's a ribbon featuring Winfield Scott as
"Hero of Many Battles" from his failed 1852 campaign,
and one from the losing Winfield Scott Hancock/
William H. English ticket of 1880. The rooster
indicates they were Democrats.
The embroidered imagery on the quilt is
particularly this painted portrait of an
older black man with two children.
Contact for Julie:
The Merchant's Mall at AQSG meetings is always
That's a temperance sampler on the left.
Next September in Indianapolis.