Both the quilting and the applique are finely detailed in this Floral Album Quilt, probably made in Baltimore.The fabrics are used in a most sophisticated way, giving shading to the grapes and texture to the acorns. The vining grapevine border begins at the bottom and has an opening at the top, an unusual detail. The four corner blocks are the same which visually contributes to the framed effect. Quilting in the white grid is done in feather patterns with tiny stitches. Grapes and some of the fl ...click for details
Very finely made Barnraising on Square Log Cabin Quilt. It is made of light wools with each log just 1/4" wide. The perfect use of lights and darks gives this quilt tremendous dimensionality. It was made in Pennsylvania in the 1870's but is as strikingly contemporary looking as though it was made today. The front is in excellent condition but there is weakness to the backing material. Measurements are 77" square. Pennsylvania origin.
This Figural Album Crib Quilt is unusual in several ways. Very few Album Crib quilts were made. More rare is the depiction of people and buildings. The flora and figures are finely detailed. The composition with chintz wreaths and the Mariner's Compass center tops off the outstanding composition. It was made circa 1850; probably New York State. Pinned to the quilt was a calling card of Mrs. Jay Lee Smith. Handwritten on it is" About 100 years old Sampler".
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Log Cabins have been a popular quilt pattern for more than 150 years but few examples are as superb as this Barnraising. The fabrics; color choices and workmanship combine here to make a richly colored graphic masterpiece. The quilt was made by a Mennonite family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The fabrics are fine wools; the border is well quilted with a cable pattern. Measurements are 80" square; excellent condition.
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Traditional and whimsical appliqued blocks are combined in this fine Album Quilt found in Western Pennsylvania. It is difficult to know whether it was from Maryland or Pennsylvania. The chain gating with flowers appears to be a unique variation. The whole is beautifully framed with a traditional swag and tassel border.
Excellent,unwashed condition. Could be laundered to even out the white but some collectors prefer the never washed feel. Measures 96" square.
The official name of this quilt pattern is 1000 Pyramids but it does not begin to tell the story of this amazing piece. It has 40,4000 triangles on the front! The maker was clearly OCD long before the diagnosis was dreamed up. Even more amazing is that she (presumably) went on to piece the back as well. Squares making up the back are shown in thumbnail photos. Solid color orange and red fabrics are well placed throughout the quilt giving it a bit of a twinkle. Both sides are in excellent conditi ...click for details
This is an extraordinarily fine roll up sewing case known as a huswif. It is far more elaborately pieced than most. In addition, it has written the initials "CW (and something I cannot make out) For Get Me Not" written in the tiniest cross stitch imaginable. The red wool flap for storage of needles is decoratively embroidered. All of the edges are bound in silk that has some fragility. The pieced diamonds are both wool and cotton. Fully opened, the piece measures 19" long. It is 4 ...click for details
This elegant Birds in the Air Quilt is one of the finest examples I have seen. It is all made of one beautiful and unusual printed fabric alternating with solid white. The quilting is excellent with a lovely meandering vine throughout the border. The scalloped and appliqued border is a most unusual treatment. It most resembles the quilt pattern Garfield's Monument but I have not seen it used this way. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. It measures 96&qu ...click for details
Two roosters are proudly crowing in this charming hooked rug. Hearts in the corners are probably indicative of the maker's affection for them. The rug is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 19 1/2" x 40 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890. Very good condition with some minor color bleed in the hearts on the right side.
Here is an Album Quilt like no other. It is done completely in velvets with images of fruits, flowers, animals and vegetables. The figure of a girl stands in the center. Perhaps these are some of her favorite things for who else has seen a quilt with beets; turnips; pears, oranges and carrots?
It dates to the 1890's . The front is velvet with a backing of cotton sateen. They are in excellent condition. The satin binding has frayed. The quilt measures 60" x 74". It was found in Bal ...click for details