Antique cloth dating
Like, antimony or chrome orange, chrome greens and yellows were popular in the period from about 1860 to 1880 and were produced, often in the home, from highly toxic chemical dye powders.
Rich chocolate brown (think the color of a milk chocolate bar, hence the alternate name ‘Hershey’ brown) was often paired with white in quilts.
In fact, that segment of the Victorian period is often referred to as “the brown years” because of the prominence of browns in paints and fabrics.
Chocolate browns are very indicative of the 1870s and ‘80s.
Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts. Thus, this dye can help to both identify both the date and location in which a quilt was made.
Chrome orange, or antimony, was commonly used in appliqué, especially in Pennsylvania, from about 1860 to 1880.
Butterscotch prints are often small, with the motifs closely packed together.
This dye was often made in the home from store-bought powder, however, the high lead content of the dye made it (in retrospect) a dangerous substance with which to work. Many pinks were popular in the 1910s, ‘20s, and ‘30s, including double pinks and salmon pinks. All text for the Quilt-Specific Colors written by Amanda Sikarskie. If the 1870s and 1880s were “the brown years,” the 1920s could be called the pink years. Bubblegum pinks were used in solids as well as prints.
Bubblegum pinks, however, are easily distinguished from the others by their cool undertone and general resemblance to chewing gum.
Chrome yellows are brighter than butterscotch, another popular yellow from the same period.