This Victory Star Crib Quilt also goes by the pattern names of Hands All Around and Yankee Pride. Regardless of the name, a Lemoyne Star sits at the center of eight half stars. The geometry of the pattern is nicely balanced by a swag border. Several of the brick colored lobes of the border show some "popping" but it is not throughout.
Nicely quilted. Measures 36" x 46". Made circa 1870; Pennsylvania origin.
This charming doll's chair is a wonderfully detailed miniature. The leather seat is tooled as well as painted.The wood is entirely hand carved. Measurements are 9 1/4" tall and 6 1/4" wide to the outside of the armrests. Made in Mexico in the 1940's.
This Double Hourglass crib quilt is more complex than it may first appear. The white triangles are set in four indigo diamond shaped blocks. The sawtooth border and four patch corner blocks are a good juxtaposition to the indigo ground. Each corner has an embroidered initial and the date 1900. Measures 28 1/2" square; very good condition. Pennsylvania origin.
This wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt uses lights and darks so as to give the effect of a stained glass window. It is made of a beautiful variety of late 19th century printed fabrics set off by a solid red border with cable quilting. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is a slight smudge about the size of a dime in the outer border but no other condition flaws. Measurements are 30" square; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. Made circa 1880.
This Log Cabin Crib Quilt is wonderfully graphic and unusual in the overall pattern. It is well quilted with a cable pattern in the triple border. Condition is excellent with the exception of two tiny darned spots in the brown border. Both are visible only with close examination. Measurements are 39" square; Pennsylvania origin. Made circa 1880.
This nicely scaled Nine Patch Crib Quilt makes an additional chain pattern giving it lots of diagonal movement. It is quilted with diagonal lines that echo the chain pattern. It is mounted on a stretcher measuring 33" x 42 1/2" and can be hung equally well in either direction. Circa 1880.
Wonderfully scaled doll quilt in a pattern that can be called either Hourglass; Pinwheels or Bow Tie. It is mounted in a clear box frame that measures 18 1/2" x 19 1/4". Nice use of fabrics that are a variety of red and black tones. Excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
This Figural Album Crib Quilt is unusual in several ways. Very few Album Crib quilts were made. More rare is the depiction of people and buildings. The flora and figures are finely detailed. The composition with chintz wreaths and the Mariner's Compass center tops off the outstanding composition. It was made circa 1850; probably New York State. Pinned to the quilt was a calling card of Mrs. Jay Lee Smith. Handwritten on it is" About 100 years old Sampler".
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Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message:
Your childhood years, they will soon be over
And your school days, then all will be...
May health, wealth and happiness be your lot
As long as your life shall last.
Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet
And decked it with colors all bright
And when you are warmly tucked into your bed
Then think of your Grandma - Good night.
Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 June 11th, 1885
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This unique Farm Scene Crib quilt is whimsical and charming in every way. Chickens are as large as the human figures. Eggs are shown in a nest. The buildings; animals and people are finely crocheted. The two dogs and two birds across the top are appliqued wool and velvet. The birds are identical to the sewing birds popular in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The border fabric of printed butterflies was the ideal choice to continue the light, airy barnyard theme. This is truly a one of a ki ...click for details
Diamond in squares doll quilt (aka economy patch) with both funkiness and great attention to detail. The border around the diamonds in squares alternates between the green calico and brown printed fabrics. Surely this is an indication of the care with which the maker created this small quilt. At the same time, the backing consists of a central calico bar set at an angle between two sections of brown wool. Intentional or careless? Who knows? It is nicely hand quilted. Wool and cotton fabrics. Goo ...click for details
This triangles pattern doll quilt can be seen as a number of patterns. The square blocks divided into two triangles are put together so as to look like an Hourglass: Pinwheel or Broken Dishes. It is nicely quilted in double rows; in excellent condition. Measurements are 14 1/2" x 22". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890. The color is more toward marigold than shows on my monitor.
This wonderfully striking crib quilt is best described as a take off of an Ocean Waves pattern. It is made with a lovely scattering of light and dark fabrics that are symmetrically placed in the center. The larger triangles, separated with bold strokes of red, are the ultimate border. Signed on the back is the name Paul. Unfortunately, we will never know whether he was the maker or the recipient. Measures 36" x 42". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
This charming One Patch Doll Quilt was either the practice piece of a child or the work of a mother whose good intentions exceeded her skill. I believe it was meant to be a One Patch with all equal squares. Overall, it does "read" like a checkerboard pattern but in fact, some of the blue striped blocks are elongated rectangles (one in a different direction than the others) and some of the red blocks are narrowed. It is hand quilted in brown thread. Measures 16 1/2" square. There i ...click for details
This Irish Chain Crib Quilt is a wonderful miniature quilt. The pieces are small and the quilted vine in the outer border is a nicely scaled down version of what one would expect in a full size quilt. The inner zigzag border is an ideal frame. There is slight fraying on the binding but no other condition apologies. The quilt measures 29" x 39".