Luck lead me to this wonderful Crazy Quilt ~ a fantastic estate find. Dated 1894 and signed Chun Hargitt. I was able to get a little information from the internet and found that this is the nickname of Charles Hargitt of Norwalk, CA. There is even a museum named after him called The Hargitt House. If you take the time to study the pictures, (there are a LOT of them!) you will see that although the silk is worn in several areas, this quilt is still so precious! Everyone that I was able to show it to was completely enamored with it!
This is how I posted it on ebay:
Wonderful Antique Crazy Quilt
FABRICS: Silks, Velvets, Velveteen, Cut Velvets, Corduroy and many more!
Embroidered Characters: Cricket, Arrow Pointing North, Compass, Mexican Pottery, Fan, Water Jug, Ladder
3-D Appliqued: Flowers and Chenille Greenery & Buds in Double-Wide Center Block
3 Window Shade Rings
Hand painted: “C”, Flowers on Red Silk, Thistles on Black, Owls on Black Velveteen, Posey on Black velveteen, Daisies & Buds on Red, Flowers on Black velveteen with 4 different flowers embroidered in corners, Berry & Leaves on Pale Green, Pansy on Pale Yellow
Appliques:Black Velvet Shoe, Red Glove, Strawberry, Dark Glove
Commemorative Ribbons: Reception committee
Centennial Philadelphia 1776 – 1876 George Washington
Eighth Annual Convention Department California WRC (Womens Relief Corp Est 1883) Fresno March 1892
Camp Burnside San Pedro August 8 – 19, 1889
San Diego School House 1891 Introduction committee
7thInspection District Encampment San Diego, California ~ Grand Army of the Republic GAR WRC (with metallic bullion)
In Memoriam Honor the Noble Dead ~ GAR ~ Gone but Not Forgotten (Early Decoration/Memorial Day Ribbon)
Seal of Tijuana, Mexico on Red
Los Angeles County
San Diego Teachers Association March 17 – 20, 1891 Orange County
Our Choice for President & Vice President Harrison Protection
CHUN HARGITT June 29, ’94 (1894)
REF: The Hargitt House was Built in 1891 by the D.D. Johnston family, the Hargitt House was built in the architectural style of Victorian Eastlake. The Hargitt House Museum, located at 12426 Mapledale, was donated to the people of Norwalk by Charles (“Chun”) and Ida Hargitt.
Note: There is no determination who actually made this quilt. It may have been Charles, his wife, Ida, or maybe someone else in the honor of Charles “Chun” Hargitt.
Note: 1 Water stain 1” x 1.5”
Each block is backed by cotton fabric in muted plaids and solids. Some of the silk patches are worn or threadbare an although the stitches remain in tact, the backing fabric shows through. The entire quilt has been backed in blue wide-wale corduroy. The decorative stitches in the finished edges are consistent with the top; but I am not an expert and am unable to determine if the backing is original to the quilt.
The pictures tell the story…