It's not often a graphic political piece -- with strong provenance, mind you -- comes along. And this one's up for sale at Skinner Auctions' March 4 show. Go here for the full page, and your chance to bid.
Embroidered Pieced Cotton Suffragette Fund-raising Quilt with Stars and Stripes,
probably New York State, late 19th century, the quilt with red and
white stripes surrounded by a canton and a border of white stars
stitched onto a navy blue ground, and red, white, and blue diagonal
stripes; the red and white striped area is embroidered with the names of
numerous individuals, likely contributors to the cause, including the
name "SUSAN B. ANTHONY," the diagonal striped border embroidered with
several mottos; backed with red and white cotton checked fabric, edged with red cotton crocheted scalloped trim, (toning, scattered stains), 72 x 74 in.
Provenance: Estate of Susan Parrish.
The Suffragette Quilt will be sold at Skinner's American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, held March 4 in Boston. I have a gentleman's bet on the quilt's final price with an appraiser buddy -- want to get in on the action? This is your chance to be an appraiser, just like Antiques Roadshow. Add your guesstimate in a comment; if you come within $100 of the final price, below or above (not including buyer's premium), I'll send you a copy of my Hanky Panky book -- on the house. Become a follower, as well, or subscribe via e-mail, and I'll throw in a free extra when I mail your package!
You've got until March 2 to enter. When you leave the comment, be sure to tell me where you first read about this!
UPDATE: The quilt sold on March 4 for $14,000 -- plus a 10% buyer's premium on top of that! Thanks to those of you who put in a guess; you now have a Hanky Panky headed your way if you contact us before Sat., March 10.