This charming hooked rug shows two cats with a variety of flowers of vastly different sizes and shapes. Soft colors are brightened by the judicious use of red. The rug is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 19" x 30". Pennsylvania origin; late 19th century.
This traditional Chimney Sweep (aka Album Patch) quilt is done in a nice variety of printed fabrics with the red center as the only solid color. Pinks are placed symmetrically around the red center and in all four corners indicative of the careful planning with which this was made. Half blocks are used on all sides to create a nice inner frame. The quilt measures 80" square. Several very light smudges but essentially very clean with strong fabrics. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This Variable Stars with Applique is one of the gentlest, most subtle quilts I have seen. The Stars are color arranged to form a pattern of concentric squares. Appliqued vines and flowers in the border echo the center medallion design. Hearts in the center are repeated in each of the four corners. The center is signed HAS and dated 1846 in minuscule cross stitch. It is in excellent, unwashed condition; measures 85" x 92". The maker's warm feelings are clearly reflected in this unus ...click for details
This traditional Irish Chain quilt is more "dressy" than one often sees because of the elegant glazed chintz border. It measures a generous 82" x 96" as one would typically find in the mid 19th century when this was made. It is in unwashed condition. There is some light discoloration that would most likely be removed with a wash. The entire back is a glorious fabric shown in the last thumbnail. It would make an equally beautiful whole cloth quilt when used on the reverse.
This Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt has lots of swirling movement as the name implies. The dark centers are made of a combination of blue and brown fabrics giving added richness to this vibrant pattern. The front is almost all wool with velvet centers to each block. The yellow fabric and backing are cotton. Excellent condition; circa 1890. Measures 72" x 86".
This unusual quilt is intended to be completely reversible. One side is a One Patch and the reverse is Wild Geese(aka Birds in the Air). While the quilt was made in the late 19th century, the Wild Geese incorporates some fabrics from the mid century. It is especially interesting to find elegant glazed chintz in three of the blocks of this otherwise country quilt. Both sides are in excellent condition; there is a small amount of color bleed on one of the glazed chintz blocks (visible in thumbnail ...click for details
Classic Evening Stars quilt done in solid red and white with tiny black print. Nice cable pattern quilting in the red grid; geometric pattern in the stars. Excellent condition. Measures 71" x 81"; circa 1890. The red is a beautiful mellow color. It is not toward orange as appears on my monitor.
This Rose Wreath pattern is exquisitely quilted. The applique wreaths are repeated between the blocks in quilting stitches and a graceful quilted swag echoes the appliqued border. For the outstanding needlework, this quilt won First Premium at the Adams County Fair (year unknown). The prize and name of the maker, Ellen E. Kelly, accompany the quilt. While the primary pattern is traditional, the maker took liberty with the border. She used straight lines for the bottom of the swag and a curve alo ...click for details
This unusual quilt combines half Crazy blocks with the other half a variety of patterns making it a Sampler Quilt. Made mostly of velvets with some satins. Both the colors and fabrics combine to give rich, jewel tones. Embroidered with a variety of colors and stitching patterns. Made circa 1890, the time in which Crazy Quilts were the height of fashion. The only condition flaw is one of the small blue squares in the lower left block. It shows in next to last thumbnail photo. Measures 66" sq ...click for details
Vibrant Schoolhouse Quilt done in a combination of solid and calico fabrics. Both the scale and colors combine to make this a real eye popper. Front is in excellent condition. Some staining on the back does not show on the front. Sussex County, Delaware origin. Family name available to purchaser. Measures 77" x 76"> Circa 1890.