In 1850, the friends and relatives of Elizabeth Lyman of Templeton or Warwick, Massachusetts, made a wedding or presentation quilt for her. It was made for a tester bed and includes numerous signatures blocks, aphorisms, and remembrances. The piece is dated 1850 in at least 1 place and the towns of Templeton and Warwick, Massachusetts (neighboring towns in north-central Mass, along the New Hampshire border) are named a couple of times as well. The quilt is approximately 91” square and has the poster cut-outs on one end. It is made up of a variety of pink-rose colored fabric and is nicely quilted. Very fine condition, especially considering its age. There are some minor, scattered stains (including a couple of ink stain mostly on the back side), and a few seam splits but no major tears or holes. Although some of the writing has faded, many hexagons remain quite legible. And it does not smell musty or sour in any way.
Signature or presentation quilts for tester beds, I have been told, are extremely uncommon. Purchased at an auction 15-20 years ago in Western Massachusetts, it has been in our collection ever since.