Small triangles, with excellent use of light and dark, truly convey the sense of Birds in the Air, as this pattern is so aptly named. Well pieced and quilted with cable pattern in border. Blocks nicely miniaturized to fit the scale of the quilt. Beautiful selection of fabrics; excellent condition. Circa 1880; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 38" square.
Finely done version of Caesar's Crown further embellished with appliqued leaves. Wonderful printed fabrics of the 1860's; triple borders. Quilting patterns repeat the appliqued leaves. Very lightweight batting. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 78" x 82"; Pennsylvannia origin.
The simple One Patch pattern is made extraordinarily rich and sparkly by the use of a multitude of glorious fabrics of the 1860's and 70's. All are fine wool challis. Lightweight; quilted but no batting. Each block measures 1 1/2" square. Tremendous use of lights and darks; printed and solid fabrics. Back is somewhat fragile and has had several mends; front is in excellent condition. Measures 85" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Mariner's Compass is one of the most difficult patterns to execute. This example is particularly finely done. Unwashed condition shows several light smudges that could be removed with laundering but in my opinion, not worth losing that never washed feel. Has one old appliqued, inconspicuous mend visible in thumbnail photo. Beautifully quilted. Measures 88" square; circa 1860.
Evening Stars pattern quilt in an unusually large size. Measures 92" x 98", ample for queen and king size beds which is difficult to find in indigo and white. Professionally laundered. Nicely framed by sawtooth border; well quilted. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This quilt is arranged like the Autumn Leaves pattern but with the unusual, possibly unique, addition of berries. Well quilted with contrasting color thread that adds to the patterning. Unwashed condition. Measures 79" x 87". Berks County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Unwashed, mint condition Philadelphia Pavement quilt. Border print is beautiful shade of cadet blue, not often seen in quilts of this era. In fact, the entire palette of this quilt is out of the ordinary. Wonderful contrast of dark calico prints with yellow highlights and pink striped centers. Each block measures 1 3/4" square. Pennsylvania origin: circa 1890. Measures 70" x 76".
Classic Nine Patch quilt made most unusual by a dramatic stepped border. Beautiful 1870's fabrics. Small scale blocks; each Nine Patch is 3 1/2" square. Several light brown spots due to the unwashed condition. Strong enough to be laundered but not essential. Measures 74" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin.
Unusual, complex variation of LeMoyne Stars alternating with octagons to create a variety of positive/ negative images. Excellent condition; professionally laundered. Beautiful fabrics framed by a bold zigzag border. Very well quilted.
Measures 78" x 90"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870
Pattern and size make this hired man's quilt most unusual. Very creative use solely of triangles to make a center medallion different from the outer frames. Fabrics date from mid through late 19th century. Summer weight (no batting). Measures 53" x 76", making it a very desirable size to hang either horizontally or vertically.