Rarely does one find a Drunkard's Path in crib size. This makes perfect sense as most 19th century mothers would have wanted to steer their children away from such a life path. Fortunately, in the 21st century we can see beyond that to the wonderful abstract design of the Drunkard's Path pattern. This example is particularly nice because of the indigo color and inner triangle border. It is in excellent condition. Measurements are 39" x 39 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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This Victorian doll quilt has so many different elements that it is difficult to characterize it. On the one hand, it has many features of a Crazy Quilt. The two fans in the corners, for instance, are often seen on Crazies. The multiple diamonds in squares in the center, though, give it a very different feel, as do the American flag; variable star and pinwheel. In all, it's a wonderful combination. It measures 18 1/2" x 19" including the lace border. The front is silk with a beauti ...click for details
This classic Nine Patch quilt is nicely scaled and well quilted. There is a flower in each of the white blocks and a feather running throughout the border. It is freshly laundered. The border fabric is a more ivory shade of white than the interior. The quilt is in outstanding condition. Measurements are 40" x 52". Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This spool doll bed is charming in itself but even more so with the inclusion of its original linens. It has a mattress; quilt and pillow all done in beautiful 1870's fabrics.
The bed measures 11 1/4" long; 7" wide and 9" to the top of the headboard.
On the bottom is written that it was made in 1905.
This Ohio Amish One Patch doll quilt reminds me of a Paul Klee painting. One row of squares is just off center enough to make it really interesting. The rich colors contrast well with the lighter squares and border. Quilted in diagonal lines with brown thread. Made of cottons. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 9 5/8" x 11 3/4".
Eleven hundred forty triangles make for a wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt. That number includes only those in the body of the quilt. The corner blocks add another hundred and forty four. This pattern is evidence that more really is more. The quilt is in excellent condition; it has diamonds quilted in white thread throughout the border. Measurements are 40" x 48". Made circa 1880's.
This Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log Cabin doll quilt is simultaneously crude and sophisticated. The concept of a central Blade with a piano key border could not be better. Pink strips are regularly placed in the corners and middle so it seems that the maker was intentional in her choices. Execution, though, is a little wonky which actually adds a lot of charm. It is mounted on a stretcher measuring 18 1/4" x 19 1/4". Excellent condition; made circa 1880's in Pennsylvania.
Rarely does one see a crib quilt as a scaled down version of a
Straight Furrows Log Cabin. This fine example is in pristine, un-used condition. The back is a Bars pattern often seen in the quilts of
southeast Pennsylvania. Made circa 1880. Measurements are 40 1/2" x 47".
This Hourglass Crib Quilt on a striped ground is an unusual but very successful pairing of patterns. The choice of satin fabrics is also out of the ordinary. It is in pristine condition and is mounted on a stretcher measuring 31" x 31 1/2". It is very effective as an abstract design both vertically or horizontally. Made in Pennsylvania; circa 1890.
It is interesting that this Irish Chain is actually created totally with Improved Nine Patch blocks. Positioning them as the maker did makes for a lovely diagonal Single Irish Chain. The same red squares were turned on point to create a very effective diamond border. Quilted with patterns of diamonds. Measurements are 36" x 44". Columbia, Missouri origin; circa 1880.
This exuberant Pot of Flowers crib quilt is truly an original. The maker was clearly committed to filling all of the space and she did so with artistry and imagination. The quilt is made of silk fabrics and dates to the 1860s or 1870s. Several of the flowers are stuffed to be three dimensional. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 35.75" x 46.5".
This Center Medallion or One Patch Doll Quilt begins with fabrics from the 1830's in the center. It works its way to the 1880's in the border and outer frames. The fabrics are all in excellent condition. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 16 3/4" x 18 3/4". Pennsylvania origin.
This Delectable Mountains crib quilt is done in an unusual and clever way. Using the same blocks in alternating red and white and abutting them as she did, creates an entirely new image. It is well quilted with small squares in the white blocks and diagonal lines in the border. The red has softened from multiple washings in its 150 year lifetime but it remains a strong pattern. Measurements are 36 1/2" x 43".
This pieced crib quilt comes closest to the patterns known as Shadowbox or Economy Patch. The addition of the squares and rectangles around the center block make it more complex. The double triangle border adds a new shape to the mix. The use of red triangles on the outside nicely picks up the reds within and makes for a good frame. Measurements are 38" x 39". Excellent condition; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
Pristine condition Nine Patch crib quilt with an especially nice fabric border showing a man pushing a woman seated on a sled. The traditional Nine Patch blocks have occasional quirks in which a block is made of several pieces. Fabrics on the front are clearly from the late 19th century. The backing, a shiny solid red material, is more of a mystery. It is probably early 20th century. Measurements are 37" x 43 1/2"; Pennsylvania origin.