Rose of Sharon Initialed Quilt
Unidentified Quilt Maker
75 x 90 inches
Found in Pennsylvania
< Ex-Eli Leon Collection >
Eli Leon was a legendary scholar and collector of (more than 2,500)
African American quilts. In addition, he collected what he
called "Euro-American" quilts.
I was able to purchase a few of those in 2017, shortly before Eli's death.
I have had this delicate mid-nineteenth century "Rose of Sharon" appliqué in my
own collection since then.
At least two sets of initials are hand quilted into white areas. Marriage quilt? Friendship quilt?