North Carolina Quaker Cotton Boll Applique Quilt

For the collector. A North Carolina Cotton Boll Applique Quilt made by Sarah White of Perquimans County. Sarah, born in 1860, was one of six children of Quaker farmer David White and Isabella Wilson. Since she remained unmarried, the quilt passed down the family through her younger brother David White, III. He in turn, left the quilt to his daughter Priscilla Henryanna White of Greensboro, NC who married Charles Biddle, III. Charles Biddle, III attended Guilford College, a Quaker school in North Carolina. He was the great grandson of Robert Biddle, who was a founder of Riverton, New Jersey in 1851. The quilt has been tucked away in a trunk until the present.
The distinguishing features of this quilt include:
-The cotton boll design, which would have been a familiar sight to a young woman growing up on a farm in rural North Carolina
-The color choice of blue green and cheddar yellow, solid color fabrics which were prevalent in post Civil War North Carolina
-Outstanding applique of the cotton bolls and expert quilting of 16 stitches per inch around each boll so that the quilt could be reversible as a white quilt.
-A simple straight of grain binding, hand basted then machine stitched, finished the edge, which was a typical approach at that time.
-Unbleached muslin back
The quilt is in very fine condition.Except for the binding, the quilt is all hand pieced, appliqued, and hand quilted. More images available on request.

Dealer Noonmark Antiques
Date: circa 1880s
Origin Perquimans County, North Carolina
Artist/Maker Sarah White, ancestor of the Biddle Family
Measurements 82 x 74, 9 Blocks, Block size 28 x 25, 16 SPI
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price SOLD
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