Here are three sampler fragments, two with partial alphabets and the third that is a border and is tube shaped as if someone tried to make a purse out of it. They all feel like they have been starched and pressed. I like them as they are but if you like samplers soft I think soaking them in cool water would wash out the starch.
This very nice antique blue calico two piece dress is very nicely made with a treadle sewing machine and finely hand sewn button holes. The top is 24 1/2" long and 15" across the shoulders. The waist is 28". The skirt is 39" long and the waist is 27". The jacket is not lined but there is hand basting in the details. The dress has been worn and there is a little fading but it is in nice condition. Circa late 1800's.
This fine example of a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt is a real eye popper. The scarlet red jumps out against the soft blue ground. It is more "electric" than appears on my monitor. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition.
It is well pieced and quilted with squares and rectangles that repeat the pieced blocks. Measurements are 84" x 88". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
The names of this quilt fit the designs perfectly. Is it too romantic to think that the Rising Suns show up beautifully against the warm orange of the sun in the garden maze? The Suns are made of a wonderful variety of mid 19th century printed fabrics. All but two are various shades of brown. The orange ground is also a print - not the Pennsylvania solid cheddar. Measurements are 68" x 85". It is in excellent condition; well quilted. New York State origin; circa 1860.
This is a 2 1/2" antique hand sewn red wool strawberry emery with a blue rick rack top. It dates to the mid to late 1800's. The condition is good but a little roughed up by being in a sewing bag for 140 years. Amazing!
Japanese antique old silk tsumugi ikat kasuri child kimono.There are a few stains to the lining. However,They are not disturbing, and as a whole it is in very good condition.size:Length 101cm (39.7inch) sleeve to sleeve 82cm (32.2inch)
Early red cotton dog or maybe a horse with shoe button eyes, long ears and funny little tail. He has been played with so has some spots but no holes or tears. He stands up nicely and is very folky. He is 9" long not counting his tail and stands 7" tall. He is firmly stuffed with cotton and is circa 1900. (The pictures came out orange but he is a true soft red.)
This Trip Around the World quilt is a superb example of a traditional pattern. The shading created by the combination of solid and printed fabrics is ideal. The squares are a small enough size to allow for many bands of color. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It measures 84" x 86". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Double Nine Patch quilt is artfully laid out. Cherry red corners hug the Nine Patch blocks that are more muted in tone. It is nicely quilted with flower filled wreaths in the brown blocks and a cable pattern in the border. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It is primarily cotton;the blue inner border is wool. Measurements are 70" x 84"; made 1920's. Definitely Amish; probably from Ohio.
At first glance, this Hexagons pattern may look like Seven Sisters. With a closer look, it is evident that these blocks are filled with triangles, not the stars of Seven Sisters. It appears that the maker created a unique design. It is made with an extensive variety of printed fabrics with solid red and orange drawing attention to each of the centers. Measurements are 62" x 78". It is is very good, unwashed condition. There is an area of several inches of color loss on the border...
Puss in the Corner is a pattern in which a Nine Patch is set within a block of uneven sized Nine Patches. How it came to the name is an unknown. This fine example is set on a very dark navy ground. The lighter blues are very effective in creating a chain pattern in addition to the Nine Patch. It is mostly cotton with some wool. The backing (which has some unevenness to the color) may be a home dyed fabric. Baskets are quilted in the off blocks; arcs in the border...
It's interesting to see how such a successful pattern is made entirely of different size triangles. The quilting patterns repeat the triangles theme. Both the pattern and colors make this a very strong graphic. In case it is not evident on all monitors, the off blocks are dark brown.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 78" square.
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
This Ohio Amish Nine Patch quilt is both traditional and quirky. The colors of the center row and corners are consistently used to make an interesting overall pattern. The corner blocks are wonderfully eccentric . It is well quilted with a variety of patterns including baskets of flowers and stars in the outer border.
Measurements are 70" x 79". The front is spotless. There are some stains on the back that do not show through on the front.
Made circa 1920; Ohio Amish.
Several features make this Concentric Squares quilt most unusual. In addition to the pattern itself, the center is signed "Elizabeth M. Denlinger Quilt Made by Her Father February 22, 1889". Few quilts are known to have been made by proud fathers.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. The colors are consistently repeated to make a very dramatic, cohesive image. A darker print fabric is used for the border only making a strong frame. Measurements are 80" x 83"...
Nicely scaled Album Patch (aka Chimney Sweep) doll quilt done in three calico fabrics of the same color. It is hand quilted with chevron patterns. Excellent condition. One black printed figure on the outer border is damaged but no other condition apologies. The quilt measures 15 1/2" x 16 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This unusual Sampler Crib Quilt virtually screams of its Pennsylvania origin. It was made by Lizzie Kelp Buch of Akron in Lancaster County. She made it for her daughter, Bertha K. Shirk in the late 19th century.
Each of the nine blocks is a different appliqued pattern. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is a smudge on the outer border but no other condition apologies.The colors are "punchier" than appear on my monitor.
Measurements are 42" square...
This Feathered Stars quilt is one of the most unusual versions that I have seen. The quirky sashing with bulbous flowers at the intersections make it unique. The flowers of the applique border repeat the shape of those in the body of the quilt. Snippets of orange within the quilt are cleverly repeated on the border. It is a difficult color to photograph but the blue is more teal green than appears on my monitor...
This pieced Center Medallion quilt has a wonderful assortment of fabrics and patterns that are beautifully blended. The Mariner's Compass is not often seen as the focus of a Center Medallion quilt. It is surrounded by a variety of triangles, then Pinwheels and a Delectable Mountains Border on three sides with Pinwheels on the
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The backing appears to be a home dyed fabric. Measurements are 86" x 93"; probably Virginia origin.