This extraordinary Victorian Crazy Quilt has the most elaborate embroidery I have seen. The center is a Japanese fan with the figure of a geisha within it.
Additional images include: other people; birds, flowers,moon and stars all done with the utmost detail. It is actually what is referred to as a contained crazy as the images are divided into squares set on point. The quilt is made primarily of velvets with some satins. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Elegant Twentyfive Patch quilt with a wonderful variety of early 19th century fabrics, including a glazed chintz border and a twill tape binding. It is tightly quilted in a waffle pattern. Now for the bad news. There is deterioration to some of the fabrics. The damage is not evident at first glance but with close examination, one sees that about 5% of the fabrics have eroded. It is still usable with care. Measures 102" x 104"; Maryland origin.
Outstanding Baltimore Album quilt that combines both traditional and whimsical, original blocks. The eagle draws the eye to the center and then allows it to meander through the variety of finely detailed blocks. Signatures indicate the quilt was related to the North and Horner families of mid 19th century Baltimore. More complete information is available to purchaser.
Richly colored Wild Goose Chase quilt (aka Geese in Flight) from the early 19th century. Abutting the triangles gives a terrific up and down movement to the "geese". Streak of Lightning border was meant to indicate the end for the head. Clamshell quilting in outer border; diagonal lines and stylized flowers in the triangles. Excellent condition; probably New England origin. Measures 100" x 104"; cotton front with probably homespun linen back. For unknown reasons, an old butto ...click for details
This unusual quilt beautifully combines three patterns. I have never seen the Herringbone (aka Chevrons) and Wild Goose Chase patterns combined in this way. Even more original is the way the triangles of the Wild Geese are filled with tiny, irregular shaped Crazy pieces. The whole makes a stunning composition.
As it is silk, it is in delicate condition. There is some fracturing to the fabrics visible with close examination. The quilt would best be used as a wall hanging. Measurements are 64&quo ...click for details
It is safe to say that this amazing quilt filled with animals is a one of a kind. It is a glorious combination of barnyard animals as well as whales; giraffes and fish. In addition, it has a variety of fruits and vegetables. It is a summer spread professionally mounted on a stretcher that is hinged for easier transport. Measurements are 80" square. Connecticut origin with family history available to purchaser.
Wonderfully graphic Light and Dark Diamonds hooked rug that makes a variety of patterns with lots of movement. Purple centers outlined in blue add warmth to the color palette. Excellent condition and strong enough to be used on a floor. Measures 31" x 69 1/2". Maine origin; circa 1920.
Light and airy quilt with sprigs of flowers and a central bouquet. The center applique is framed by a quilted scalloped oval. Quilting throughout the rest is a nicely done waffle pattern. The chain of flowers is a very unusual and effective border. Made circa 1880; measures 68" x 84". What may appear to be dirt on the upper right corner is actually an inked but illegible signature.
Very handsome Feathered Stars quilt on an unusual rich green ground. The use of the melon colored triangles beautifully offsets the deeper green and rust colored fabrics. Very well pieced. Quilted with a circle in the center of each star. Excellent condition. Measures 78" x 81" Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.
Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in fine wool challis. The blue centers belie the folk myth that log cabin quilts always have red centers to represent the fire in the hearth. This example is done with a "cooler" palette than one usually sees. The piano key border makes a terrific frame for the diagonal pattern. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870. Measures 82" x 84".