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.
This mega cuff bracelet is like no other. It transcends Native American and more than holds its own as a fashion statement. It measures 3 1/3" tall and is made with heavy silver and natural turquoise, probably from an Arizona mine. The stones alternate with balls of silver. The turquoise is a bit more green than shows on my monitor. It is in excellent condition; made circa 1960's. Signed with the initials BM.
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
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 is a most unusual Patriotic Quilt on two counts. The flags are set in reverse which signifies going into combat. When cavalry officers carried flags, the stars pointed forward and the stripes flowed behind. From this came the tradition of showing reversed flags to indicate the strength of going into battle. Second, the flags are set within a Garden Maze pattern which is probably a unique combination of quilt patterns. It would be interesting to know whether the maker had symbolic intentions ...click for details