This New Jersey Friendship quilt was likely made as a wedding gift. Both the hearts around the central inscription and the pair of lovebirds at the bottom indicate it was a gift commemorating an event related to affection.
Inked signatures are in the center of each star. Surnames include: Hounte; Berger; Huffman; Shepherd and Stevinson. The central applique has a message that is difficult to completely decipher. In part it reads: Life's path led us cautiously (?)------ and no longer forged( ...click for details
This Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt is embellished unlike any other I've seen. The centers of each block are embroidered with a variety of flowers. Each log is embroidered with a tremendous number of abstract patterns and the overlapping circles border is likely unique. The quilt is entirely made of wool; circa 1870. Measurements are 74" x 76.
Beautifully balanced, classic center medallion Tree of Life Broderie Perse quilt. An elaborate bird is perched on each arm of the central tree. Four "dog tooth" borders create wonderful frames. The same chintz fabric is used throughout but has a different appearance depending upon how it was cut out. Well quilted with feather patterns in the outer borders. A wash is optional; measures 94" x 100". Hand loomed, Trenton tape binding. Bennett family of Maryland origin; circa 1830 ...click for details
Nicely scaled variation of a Nine Patch doll quilt in which the squares are divided into triangles, giving it an entirely different look. Has no batting just a top and back. Excellent condition with the sole exception of one corner with some shredding the size of a pea. It is visible in lower left corner. Fabrics on the front are 1870's and 80's; back is a floral print that may be a little later. Measures 16 1/2" x 17.
Well crafted Loveapple quilt, a pattern not often seen. It is beautifully appliqued and nicely quilted with a crosshatch pattern in the body of the quilt and undulating vine throughout the border. The leaves are a rich teal green color. with a droll touch. The print on the fabric is a flower much like the Loveapple in shape.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
The quilt measures 88" x 96", long enough to go over the pillows on a bed without shams. This is unusual for ...click for details
A pattern of Light and Dark Diamonds is usually done with the strips of a Log Cabin. This example is unusual in that the maker used triangles to create the same effect. It is in as crisp, clean condition as the day it was made in the 1880's. The interior is quilted with geometric patterns and a cable throughout the border. The backing and border are the same white fabric with a very small red polka dot. Measurements are 76" square; Pennsylvania origin.
This dramatic light and dark pattern is specific to the town of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County) in the late 19th century. Squares and triangles are very effectively used to create multiple diamonds and zig zag frames. This example is in pristine, unused condition. It is nicely quilted with diamonds and a cable in the border.
Richly colored Economy Patch quilt with a unique border.
The indigo fabric is especially deep in color and accented with an orange print. The off blocks are a medium blue printed with both fine stripes and small circles. The border is unique. The corner blocks have a quirky touch- two are medium blue Birds in the Air; one is indigo Birds and the third does not exist. Quilted with starflower patterns in the off blocks. Made circa 1850; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 76" x 82"; excellent ...click for details
Double sided quilt in which both sides are the same Open Center pattern. The body of the quilt is a black on red print with a paisley border. The condition of one side is excellent; the other has a narrow area of fade. Quilted with diamond patterns. Measures 74" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
A variety of flowers and a bird and butterfly adorn this unusual mantelpiece cover. The embroidery is all done in wool. Most of the applique is wool with a bit of velvet.
It measures 70" long and 9" deep. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.