Here is an item that was brought to the Treasurer's Meeting at the Quilters Guild in York. It is a woollen table cover made from military worsted wools, and belongs to John Gilmore of Cambridge, a dealer in textiles. It is an expensive item but hopefully someone will want to buy it.
The most impressive part of this piece is that it is made to fit a 3 ft 6 inch table - one can see that it would have looked very impressive on a regimental table, perhaps. The edge portion that falls from the edge of the table is not seamed on, nor does the item just drape - the edge is perfectly fitted and drops straight down, and has been sewn in such a manner that this is accommodated by the pieces and stitching, Surely this was made by some master craftsman.
Here are the chevrons found in the area hanging from the edge of the table. Like my military quilt, the top has some sun damage but is in remarkably good condition.
This item was found in Karachi and may have been made and remained in that area. But apparently charity shops send textiles from the UK to Afghanistan - items that are not of interest then pass to Karachi - so English quilts and other items of British textiles do turn up there. A British silk log cabin quilt was discovered and purchased in this way. So although this item is of Indian origin, it may have come from the UK.
The Quilters Guild declined to buy this item - it was too costly, but also because of its unusual shape it would be difficult to store or display.