In fact, that segment of the Victorian period is often referred to as “the brown years” because of the prominence of browns in paints and fabrics. Chocolate browns are very indicative of the 1870s and ‘80s. Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts. Thus, this dye can help to both identify both the date and location in which a quilt was made.
For years Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's medallion quilt picturing a cemetery and coffins in the center was described as one of a kind. There are sources and inspiration, possibly earlier and/or later quilts with related ideas.The arrival of almost 120 pieces of nineteenth-century Kentucky furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles, paintings, and works on paper.This extraordinary trove of great Kentucky art was given to the Speed by Bob and Norma Noe. Sometimes there is no doubt of the date, because the maker embriodered it onto the quilt or wrote it somewhereon the back in indelible ink.Sometimes a quilt was so obviously designed for a special occasions – such as the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago – that its date can be easily ascertained.