Larger than the majority of throws for the parlor, this 74" square Victorian crazy quilt is embroidered with the date, 1898, and was signed by A.R. Long, 90. The quilt is unusual in that one side is pieced with mostly black and dark wools, silk matelasses, cut velvets, etc. with colorful fancy stitching prancing over the seams. The other side is brighter with some apricots, burgundies, and sapphires mixed among the darker satins, silks and woolens. In times of mourning, the darker side of the coverlet was used instead of the brighter, cheerier side, also stitched with elaborate and colorful stitching between or on top of the seams of the quilt. The black binding is attached to the edge on one side and finished with hand feather stitching on the other. The hand binding is later and has replaced the original. Three patches of an early navy cotton print which lined the three original pieces along the top edge look as good as the more fragile material that was once there. Most of the patches are in really good condition, but a few are slightly worn. For a crazy quilt of this age and size, the quilt is in good, usable condition, either for a folk art wall decoration, or a decorative bed covering. I can't decide which side I like better - the back with jewel toned stitching meandering among the dark islands of fabric, or the more colorful front with bits of embroidered flowers. This is a truly wonderful crazy quilt that gives you two for the price of one! The unique heirloom from the past would be a great gift for Mother, Daughter, or Grandmother.....or maybe, a treat for yourself. Thank you for stopping by.