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WWI Red Cross Signature Quilt from Norfolk County Ontario

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Posted 2 years ago

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GraceTraff…
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One of my treasures! I just read an article posted on Collectors Weekly about this type of quilt and it reminded me of my example. This Red Cross signature quilt was made by the Port Rowan Ontario Canada branch of the International Order of the Daughters of the Empire in 1917 in support of the war effort. The quilt has everything going for it in terms of Canadiana – there are beavers, maple leaves and the Union Jack (plus it’s red and white!). The maple leaves have “133” embroidered in them to represent the 133rd Norfolk’s Own Canadian Expeditionary Force which was made up of several different companies from the towns of Norfolk during the Great War. There are piles of local names on it – the one picture above shows Thomas Clancy who enlisted with the 133rd and died during the war. A few years ago I stumbled upon his medals on ebay and was able to add them to my collection.
Thanks for looking!
James

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  1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Fantastic item!
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    That is a wonderful piece of history, you are so lucky to have it, do you have a connection to the quilt?
  3. GraceTraffordAntiques GraceTraffordAntiques, 2 years ago
    It is indeed a wonderful piece of history! My only connection is that I was raised in the area and I collect anything related to the county's history. It was purchased in the mid 1970s at a farm auction - I purchased it a couple years ago from my 'antiques mentor' Grace Trafford.
  4. GraceTraffordAntiques GraceTraffordAntiques, 1 year ago
    This quilt is currently on exhibit at the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum - http://www.waterfordmuseum.ca
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    That looks like a place I could spend a couple of days in!

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