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A large group of silk quilts and petticoats with two-handled vase designs can be traced to the work of Philadelphia Quakers between 1750 and about 1770. The group appears to be the design work of a local artist or teacher, tentatively identified as schoolteacher Ann Marsh, and quilted by her students and adult members of the closely knit Quaker community. The bed quilts and petticoats surviving in this group feature two-handled vases sitting atop undulating mounds, sunflowers, scalloped edges, and fanlike crosses at the center of each quilt.

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