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Cigar Silk Ribbon Quilt Top

Photo credit: American Museum & Gardens

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During the late 1800s, cigar companies tied bundles of cigars with silk ribbons, which had the name of the company or cigar manufacturer stamped on them. Finer cigars sometimes had the name woven into the silk. As cigar-smoking was a common activity, most households had a plentiful supply of these ribbons.

American Museum & Gardens



Cigar Silk Ribbon Quilt Top




pieced & embroidered silk ribbons


H 104 x W 104 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased, 1964

Work type

Textile art


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