This charming pictorial quilt depicts the story of How the Elephant Got His Trunk from Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories". While it is a kit quilt, it is only the second one I have seen. The other is illustrated in "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts" that I wrote in 2001. I can only assume that more were not made because of the difficulty of doing so.
The pattern and all necessary materials were sold in 1934 for $5.
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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
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
This LeMoyne Stars is a gem of a crib quilt. The pattern and its scale; fabrics and border combine to make this a special piece. Each star is 3" in diameter. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that accommodates the quilt's curved corners. It measures 38" x 41 1/2" and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Condition is excellent; circa 1830. New York State origin.
This absolutely stunning Lancaster Amish Bars quilt is one of the best I have seen. The colors are rich and work perfectly together. It is made of the very fine, lightweight wools for which the early Lancaster quilts are known. The stitching, done in black thread, is superb. The body of the quilt is done in a crosshatch pattern with flowers in the inner border and feathered scrolls in the outer border. Condition is excellent; measures 74" x 80". The colors are not as dark as appears i ...click for details