This beautiful wool challis lives up to its name of Windmill Blades as the logs really seem to swirl. Red centers brighten the rich, chocolatey brown tones and the center diamond is surrounded by deep magenta logs that really bring attention to the center. It is in excellent condition; circa 1880. Measurements are 84" square. The front is wool with a cotton backing. There are some water marks on the back that do not show through on the front.
This Barnraising Log Cabin is most unusual because of the embroidered names throughout. They are done in a variety of handwritings. It is possible this was a fundraising quilt but more likely a friendship gift of some type. The date 1900 is embroidered on the border along with flowers and leaves. The border is nicely cable quilted with wreaths in the corners. The front is wool with a cotton backing. Pristine condition; measurements are 66" x 78"...
Absolutely twinkling miniature Evening Stars quilt. Each block is just
2 3/4" in diameter and abuts the star next to it making a total of 600 stars. It is well pieced and quilted with chevrons in the borders.
They are done with a beautiful variety of late 19th century fabrics. It is in excellent unwashed condition. There are a few tiny, unobtrusive brown spots on the border. Measurements are 80" x 85". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880...
A very nice antique calico doll dress with a polka dot bodice. The dress is hand and treadle machine sewn. It has a little hole at the hem and is coming a little area at the bodice that needs to be caught up with needle and thread. The dress has a three button closure and the top button is missing. It is 13" long and 4" across the shoulders. The arms are 3" long and are slightly dropped. It is a very nice antique calico dress.
This doll coat is cute enough to hang or frame. It is all hand sewn with the velvet trim carefully stitched in place. There is a handkerchief in the pocket that has been folded and in there for so long I didn't open it. The coat has a raised pile that is thin in a number of places but is not that noticeable because the foundation is the same beige color...
Grenfell Labrador Industries Hooked Mat Handmade in Newfoundland MAP Folk Art
This one of the nicer pieces of Grenfell Industries I have come across. With the original label, it is made from silk and rayon stockings, it depicts a stylized map of Newfoundland, with the North Wind blowing, whales blowing too. It shows a native settlement, boats, and a compass on the corner. These hand made rugs were made by the women, a fundraiser for the Mission established by Wilfred Grenfell in the 1920's...
Indigo blue polished cotton antique button bag with a draw string top. It has an antique button sewn on the side indicating the bag's contents. The button has such tiny holes I don't know how it was sewn on. I certainly don't have a needle that tiny in circumference. I don't believe the bag was ever used as the surface still has the lovely egg wash surface. 4" by 4 1/2" Circa 1830-40
It is difficult to characterize this unique quilt. The Carpenter's Wheel center is surrounded by Flying Geese; King's Crown and Rolling Stone corner blocks. I'm not sure whether this is enough to characterize it as a strippy sampler quilt.
The origin is also something of a mystery...
This folky Sampler Quilt has a great combination of traditional and original blocks. Nothing could be more traditional than the center Schoolhouse done with nicely inked detail. Below it is a Bear's Paw signed "Fannie J. Gould March 24, 1892".
While the top was certainly made in the 19th century, the backing is later. It seems to be from the 1950's.
The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 76" x 78"; New England origin.
This unusual Victorian silk quilt beautifully combines several patterns. It has Tumbling Blocks; Stars; Hexagons and Crazy. In addition to emphasizing the hexagon, the use of light colors for the Crazy pattern creates a halo effect around the central Crazy Star. The pride of the maker is evident in the embroidered inscription on the back "From Ma 1880 1106 pieces". It is in excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin...
A more accurate name for this quilt might be a one patch in that it is made of consistently small squares throughout. The diagonal placement of light fabrics gives it the Irish chain effect. It is in pristine, unwashed condition with a huge variety of late 19th century fabrics. The backing is a bars pattern as is often seen in quilts of southeast Pennsylvania. This is from Kutztown; circa 1880. Measurements are 80" x 90".
About once a decade I am lucky enough to find an Alphabet quilt. This one is particularly special because it is featured in two of the early, most well known books about quilts and folk art. It is a full page illustration on page 136 of "America's Quilts and Coverlets" by Safford and Bishop (1972) and on page 272 of "The Flowering of American Folk Art" by Jean Lipman and Alice Winchester (1974).
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition...
The elongated Evening Stars makes a wonderful abstracted pattern. The rectangles formed by the joining of the arms of the stars creates a white diamond surrounded by indigo triangles that can become another pattern throughout the quilt. There are many stars but at the same time it is rather light and airy. White squares are quilted with stylized flowers. Measurements are 68" x 80". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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.
While the Barnraising Log Cabin is a very quilt traditional pattern, this example looks far more modern than one expects from the late 19th century when it was made. The magenta fabric has a thin black stripe that perfectly ties in with the solid black material. With close examination, one can see that the corners are actually log cabin blocks done entirely in black. The border is quilted with a cable pattern. Pennsylvania Mennonite origin; made circa 1880. Both front and back are wool...
Age: 19th Century.
Description: This strikingly exquisite headdress is part of the traditional clothing of White Russian worn during ceremonies. This womanâ€™s headdress is intricately embroidered with gold and silver threads and natural pearls from the Persian Gulf. The name of the maker has been woven into the headdress as part of the design.
Dimensions: 8″l x 8″h x 6″w | Product Code: TX2001
Age: Late 18th â€“ Early 19th Century.
Origin: Ottoman Empire, Turkey.
Description: During the Turkish Ottoman Empire, it was customary to wrap presents with fine woven textiles. This piece is an example of these textiles with hand-embroidered metal threads and silk over fine cotton.
Dimensions: 4′ x 1â€™4″ | Product code: TX2003
Age: 19th Century A.D.
Origin: Iran or India.
Description: Exquisitely hand-made Kashmiri cloth. The plain cotton centre is surrounded by extremely fine embroidery work.
Dimensions: 5â€™5″ x 5â€™6″ | Product code: TX2002