This dramatic oak leaf quilt has an inked message saying "Martin Luther Culp's quilt made and presented to him by his Grandmother in her 72nd year in 1850 Elizabeth Culp". Elizabeth Culp lived from 1779-1867. Her house was a hospital during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. It is not often that we have such specific information with a 19th century quilt.
The quilt was clearly a labor of love as it is well pieced and very finely quilted.
This bold applique quilt goes by several different names. It can be called Rose Tree; Whig Rose or Rose of Sharon. It is unclear to me why all three refer to roses when that does not appear to be the floral image.
In any case, this rendition is a fabulously large scale giving it something of an abstract quality. The use of printed fabrics softens what might be an overwhelming pattern. The background is an unusual blue print on a tan/gray ground...
A very nice white cotton twill 1820's-30's pocket that was worn under a skirt. It is in very good condition with only some age darkening. It is 9" by 14", it is all hand sewn and has the original tape ties. On the back there is a little piece of fabric worked in or pieced in showing that they were making do and didn't quite have enough fabric. (see close-up picture.) I think that makes it much more interesting. Circa 1820-30.
The paper mount is painted in gouache, gold and having appliqué decoration in mother-of-pearl and butterfly wings, depicting a "Chinoiserie" scene. The reverse of the leaf with a flower. The guards and sticks are made of red lacquered wood decorated with figures in a pagoda landscape in gold. Dating to the second half of the 18th century, this European fan was produced in imitation of the Chinese. Condition: the paper mount with some tears, one fixed with a Scotch Tape, few tiny holes...
Antique "Skip Rope" printed handkerchief with little girls skipping rope. It still has vibrant colors of turkey red and dark brown with a natural colored background. In the bottom right corner is printed, Martha Washington and something else I can't make out. It is 13" by 11 1/2" and is treadle machine hemmed on three sides with the fourth side being the salvage. No staining but maybe a little age related darkening. This is a very nice example of a 19th C. printed child's hanky.
This small scale Octagons quilt must have been done by someone with OCD for she certainly had the ability to endlessly repeat a task. Fortunately, she put this to very good use as she made a wonderful Octagons quilt with a secondary pattern of miniature Hourglass blocks. Each Hourglass is less than 1" in diameter. The use of such strongly contrasting colors gives a very dramatic positive/ negative effect to the quilt.
It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 78" x 85"...
This patchwork quilt alternates between Tumbling Blocks and Six Point Stars. It is difficult to know whether that was the maker's intention or a happy accident. The large scale red print border is a wonderful anchor for the many prints of which the quilt is made. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This Evening Stars quilt is a wonderful miniature. The block in which each star is set measures 2 1/4" to a side. While the background may "read" pink, it is actually two very, very tiny red and white prints. The slight variation in color is not due to fading. It is because they are different materials. Measurements are 19" x 22 1/2" which is large for a doll size and small for a crib so I refer to it as cradle size. Well quilted; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Birds in the Air crib quilt is a finely made rendition of a pattern usually seen in full size. It is well quilted with a cable pattern running throughout the triple borders. It has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 39 1/2" x 41".
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
This Pine Tree quilt (aka Tree of Paradise) is truly a masterpiece of its type. It is brilliantly designed as well as very finely pieced and quilted. The tiny, even stitches in white thread on the green sashing at first glance look as though they are done by machine because they are so small and regular. The white areas are quilted with clusters of hearts as well as flowers. Repeating the "leaves" at the intersections of the diagonal grid is a clever addition...
This finely made Pine Burr quilt has an unusual amount of swirling movement. The white off blocks form circles around the four point stars and can also be seen separately as lozenge shaped blocks. It is both well pieced and quilted. The quilt is from Darke County, Ohio; circa 1880. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 86" square.
Nine Patch crib quilt that is one of the most elegant examples of this pattern that I have seen. The lush variety of printed fabrics date from the 1830's - 50's. Setting the blocks on point and creating a diagonal sashing make the entire piece more dramatic than when set straight. A finely scalloped border is a wonderful frame and the blue printed backing fabric is jaw dropping. It is in excellent condition and has been professionally laundered...
A Vertical Kesi_ Woven silk Panel
Depicting three registers of figural scene include the immortal Tian'Nu emptying basket of flowers above another immoral seated in a wheeled chair while her attentand offer her incense and auspicious fruite the lowest register filled with a beauty and son .
fine antique condition except some staining , fading , losses, now framed with two pieces of plexiglass bolted together.
Size: 87 x 24 inches ( 221 x 61 cm) dimension of the frame.
This elegant embroidered mat may have been for a wall or a table. Remnants of tape on the top lead me to believe it had been hung. The embroidery is silk on very fine cotton or linen. Measurements are 7" square. The break in the tape mentioned above is the only condition apology. American origin; circa 1800.
This Pinwheels quilt truly gives the impression of delicate swirling pinwheels. The diagonal arrangement is especially effective in creating movement. The same triangles used for the pinwheels have a very different appearance when used to create the double sawtooth border. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 77" square. It is very well quilted; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This punchy Baskets and Nine Patch crib quilt is a lovely combination of two traditional patterns. It measures 38" to a side. Because it is square, it would look especially dramatic hung on point.
It is in excellent condition and nicely quilted. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Finely made Log Cabin crib or doll quilt that is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 24" square. It is made of fine wool challis. The logs are framed with five borders that repeat fabrics within the quilt. Browns and lights are placed to create an overall diagonal light and dark streak. Excellent condition; probably Pennsylvania origin. Made circa 1870's.
Sweet and classic, too! C 1880 Ohio dolls basket quilt One patch Indigo crib quilt with 6 indigo baskets against double pinks. Hand stitched and appliqued Quilt is hand tied, very soft with age, perfect still for baby.Finished measurement 14 x 10 inches, 6 baskets measurae 2-1/2 x 2 inches.