Bold String Stars (aka Spider Stars) quilt done in the fabrics typical of southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The blue calico ground and double pink sashing and border scream Lancaster County. Solid colors used in the center of the stars highlight their octagonal shape. The dark solid colors are indigo, not black as they may appear. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. In the upper right corner is the name Bertha done in paint. Measurements are 77" x 80".
This Lone Star quilt is perfectly done in every way. It is well quilted including an unusual pattern of overlapping circles throughout the border. The piecing is well done with the ideal choice of the red color for the center. The corner suns are most unusual and the zig zag border is the ideal frame for the entire composition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1900. Measures 71" x 72".
This extraordinary Victorian Crazy Quilt has the most elaborate embroidery I have seen. The center is a Japanese fan with the figure of a geisha within it.
Additional images include: other people; birds, flowers,moon and stars all done with the utmost detail. It is actually what is referred to as a contained crazy as the images are divided into squares set on point. The quilt is made primarily of velvets with some satins. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Elegant Twentyfive Patch quilt with a wonderful variety of early 19th century fabrics, including a glazed chintz border and a twill tape binding. It is tightly quilted in a waffle pattern. Now for the bad news. There is deterioration to some of the fabrics. The damage is not evident at first glance but with close examination, one sees that about 5% of the fabrics have eroded. It is still usable with care. Measures 102" x 104"; Maryland origin.
Outstanding Baltimore Album quilt that combines both traditional and whimsical, original blocks. The eagle draws the eye to the center and then allows it to meander through the variety of finely detailed blocks. Signatures indicate the quilt was related to the North and Horner families of mid 19th century Baltimore. More complete information is available to purchaser.
Richly colored Wild Goose Chase quilt (aka Geese in Flight) from the early 19th century. Abutting the triangles gives a terrific up and down movement to the "geese". Streak of Lightning border was meant to indicate the end for the head. Clamshell quilting in outer border; diagonal lines and stylized flowers in the triangles. Excellent condition; probably New England origin. Measures 100" x 104"; cotton front with probably homespun linen back. For unknown reasons, an old butto ...click for details
It is safe to say that this amazing quilt filled with animals is a one of a kind. It is a glorious combination of barnyard animals as well as whales; giraffes and fish. In addition, it has a variety of fruits and vegetables. It is a summer spread professionally mounted on a stretcher that is hinged for easier transport. Measurements are 80" square. Connecticut origin with family history available to purchaser.
Wonderfully graphic Light and Dark Diamonds hooked rug that makes a variety of patterns with lots of movement. Purple centers outlined in blue add warmth to the color palette. Excellent condition and strong enough to be used on a floor. Measures 31" x 69 1/2". Maine origin; circa 1920.
Light and airy quilt with sprigs of flowers and a central bouquet. The center applique is framed by a quilted scalloped oval. Quilting throughout the rest is a nicely done waffle pattern. The chain of flowers is a very unusual and effective border. Made circa 1880; measures 68" x 84". What may appear to be dirt on the upper right corner is actually an inked but illegible signature.
Very handsome Feathered Stars quilt on an unusual rich green ground. The use of the melon colored triangles beautifully offsets the deeper green and rust colored fabrics. Very well pieced. Quilted with a circle in the center of each star. Excellent condition. Measures 78" x 81" Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.