This very bold Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem) quilt is made even more so by the intense blue background. It is what is referred to as "double blue" and seen most often in the quilts of southeastern Pennsylvania. The inward facing sawtooth border is an unusual twist. Most often, the triangles are facing out. It is well pieced and quilted.
The quilt is in unwashed, pristine condition. Measurements are 80" square. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Postage stamp blocks make a wonderful combination in this Double Nine Patch quilt. Each block is less than 3/4" to a side. The smaller blocks are combined to a larger Nine Patch pattern. Small Nines between the larger ones make it a very unified design. The browns and pinks together form a lovely, warm palette. The quilt measures 76" x 86". There is a light smudged area along one border but no other condition apologies. Made circa 1880's; Pennsylvania origin.
The streamlined pieced pattern of this Straight Furrows quilt provides the perfect showcase for its exquisite quilting. The diagonal white rows alternate between feather patterns and grapes with leaves and tendrils. The printed fabric is more blue than appears on my monitor.
Measurements are 83" x 91". Made circa 1850; Pennsylvania origin. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition.
A very nice child size red, white and blue checked bonnet. It has the cardboard stays that are removable so the bonnet can be washed. I like this feature because you can hang the bonnet on a peg rack so much easier without the stays. It is in good condition it just one spot at the very top of the brim...see picture. It is 13" top to bottom and 9" front to back.
This is a very large great blue green color apron with bib that was pinned and tabs at side were pinned also. This is an early apron 1870-80's. The sewing is treadle machine but the seams are hand stitched down so there was a lot of care then went into the making of this. It goes to the floor on me and is meant to wrap completely around. It has staining and fading that tells of its history of lots of hard work...
This bonnet is a very fine example of a 19th C. It is an onion skin brown (butterscotch) and natural cotton poke bonnet with lots of detail and skill of hand and treadle machine sewing. It is near perfect condition with just a little fading and one small hole in the neck ruffle. (The 13" long neck ruffle adds to its beauty when hanging on a peg rack.) The bonnet is 22" top to bottom and is 12" front to back and is circa 1880
Selling them separately two braided candle mats/pads. The are very finely braided. The smaller of the two is 5" in diameter and it has a sewn on fringe,(about 1" missing). It is made with silk and wool fabric and lies very flat. It is very early and very nice and is probably Shaker made. Late 19th C. $65 each
This Album Quilt is made of traditional and original floral blocks. None are repeated but there is some consistency in that each corner is filled with a basket of flowers. Delicate embroidery outlines some of the flowers and is used to create tendrils for the strawberries...
This wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt is made with a rich variety of late 19th century printed fabrics. The maker continued the pattern theme with larger triangles for the inner border. As if she hadn't pieced enough, she continued with a One Patch pattern for the reverse.
The quilt is in mint, unwashed condition. Measurements are 47 1/2" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Streak of Lightning quilt is most unusual in its construction. It is made with small triangles, more reminiscent of an Ocean Waves than the usual Streak of Lightning. It is exquisitely quilted with detailed wreaths and hearts in each white block. It is made with a beautifully coordinated selection of printed fabrics. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 82" x 96": Pennsylvania origin. Made 1870's.
This original pattern applique quilt is full and folky. A pot of flowers sits within each leafy wreath. Unusually shaped appliques sit between the wreaths. The three sided border is filled with a unique version of flowers and berries.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Quilted throughout with stylized flowers. Measurements are 73" x 90"; made circa 1860.
A very large antique blue and white cotton fabric taken from the back of a quilt. It varies in color a little from fading and has evidence of being tied to a quilt top. It has a finished edge and a raw edge, see pictures. It is soft and pretty and could but used for curtains or as a table cloth or for stacking. It is 62" by 28" and circa 1860-70.
This is an exceptional early sewing roll with large pocket at the bottom. It has two flat pockets and a large gathered pocket at the bottom. (See the picture of the very nice tiny gathers.) The sewing roll is 18" long and 7" wide. The stitching is so tiny it is hard to see them. The condition of the pocket is very good with a few small stains and 3 tiny holes. Circa 1830
This is a very beautiful doll quilt all hand sewn and quilted with just the best very early calico and chintz fabric from 1820-30's. It looks fabulous hung or on a doll bed or used as a table mat. It is a wonderful study of early fabrics. It looks like it was made into a doll quilt in 1870-80's by the little red calico print fabric used at the top edge. The back is the original back and is early chintz blue green fabric. It is 18 1/2" by 15".
A nicely stitched sampler by Mary Thomas, no date, with the inscription Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. The edge is embroidered with leaves and flowers, with a floral garland under the verse. The prominent budding vase is in the center with fruit baskets and boats on either side. The boats are very interesting perhaps an indication that Mary travelled, lived near the ocean, or had sailor relatives...
A very nice pair of antique hand knit blue and white cotton socks with a initials at the top. I think the initials are WWF. The stockings are knit with three different weight cotton yarn the heaviest is the wonderful true blue that is the foot and ankle where all the wear is and the area where you want the most cushioning. The lighter blue is medium weight and the white is the lightest where you don't want it to bind. The have been used but not abused...
Here are four strawberry emeries all about 1 1/2". They are late 1800's and show a little wear but they are not leaking. They all have little yellow stitches on the around the strawberry to make them a step above some of the emeries you see. This is a nice group of four.