Whig Rose (Rose of Sharon)
Signed in quilting stitches “ACP (or R)” in corner
Keesletown (Rockingham County), third quarter nineteenth century
86" x 91"
The centers of this Whig Rose applique illustrate the curved and sunburst patterns frequently found in quilts of this region. The large size of the blocks, the vine border, the Wild Goose Chase sashing, and the use of the Whig Rose pattern places it in the early part of the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The red fabric may be a coleco red, a brown-red color popular in the mid-1850s.