CIGAR SILK RIBBONS ANTIQUE PIECED QUILT black and gold
A design decision to alternate strips of solid black silk with the gold cigar ribbons imprinted with brand names has produced a fanstastic graphic design. Framed all around in the same gold as the ribbons. Prior to the advent of cedar boxes, cigars were sold tied in bunches with ribbons bearing brand names; thousands of brands existed in the 19th-early 20th centuries. Victorian-Edwardian periodicals showed quiltmakers how to reuse the ribbons in decorative household accents, most often pillows or tablemats ranging in size from about 20" to 36" Larger quilts are rare.There is minor fraying in some of the cigar ribbons in one area, they do not detract from the overall drama and utility of this quilt. Festured in Architectural Digest article on this special type of quilt.