Antique Quilts

Dana Balsamo, Material Pleasures LLC

This past summer, eight of our LHS antique quilts and one quilt top were appraised and evaluated for their current condition and ability to be displayed in a possible future quilt show. Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

Since Marshall House is such a small space for a full-quilt display, we are looking at the possibility of having a collaborative quilt show with another historical society that can offer more space. Be watching for details on a possible quilt exhibit next year.


LHS Antique Quilts

Delectable Mountains – Lady of the Lake Quilt 1840s

Meanwhile, our wonderful Delectable Mountains/Lady of the Lake quilt circa 1840s,which was included in this appraisal, is currently on display on the bed in the upstairs bedroom at Marshall House. Stop in and see it!

Thanks to Dana Balsamo from Material Pleasures, LLC, in Princeton, for her thorough appraisal and evaluation of these quilts:


1843 Sampler – The Dilts Quilt –was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Dilts of Burke, VA.  The quilt includes many hand-signed ink and stamped signatures and small pictures inked as well.  Many names are familiar to the Lambertville area, including Dilts and Holcombe. Each quilt block is different in this lovely quilt, some very complicated.


Lafayette Orange Peel – The Lambert Quilt circa 1840s – This quilt is from the family of Abigail and John Lambert, a former NJ senator and governor. It was donated to LHS in 1988 by the family.


1847 Star of Lemoyne – The Ely Quilt – Reuben P. Ely was born in Solebury Township, PA on June 7 1815 and married Violetta Duer and moved to Lambertville in 1860. There are several hand stamp signatures on the quilt.


1843 King’s Crown Friendship Quilt – includes many signatures from the Lambertville area and was included in the books, Herstory and the NJ Quilt Documentation Book. The quilt was previously owned by by Camille Erismann-Bryan, a descendant of one of the quilt signatures.


LHS Antique Quilts

Touching Feathered Star circa 1875

Touching Feathered Star Quilt circa 1875-1900 – This quilt was part of the Heritage Quilt Project of Hunterdon  County and formerly owned by Miriam Griffith from Philadelphia.


LHS Antique Quilts

Friendship Star/Rittenhouse Marriage Quilt circa 1852

Friendship Star/Rittenhouse  Marriage Quilt circa 1852 –  Many signatures and sentiments from the NJ and PA area are inked and stamped on this quilt, which was a wedding gift to Elizabeth Rittenhouse and Gersham Lambert in 1853.


LHS Antique Quilts

Orange Peel/ Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Quilt circa 1840s

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, Orange Peel Quilt circa 1840s – This quilt is in poor condition but shows excellent workmanship. Unfortunately, the Historical Society is missing information about how we came about acquiring this lovely quilt.


Lemoyne Star Baby Quilt Top circa 1920s, with earlier fabrics from the 1870s. Also on display in the bedroom upstairs at Marshall House, this quilt top looks unassuming but has amazing workmanship and hand piecing in very small detail, which is rare to see.

    “Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.”

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