This Kansas Troubles quilt is known by several different names. It is also called Sawtooth; Lend and Borrow; Rocky Glen and Indian Meadow.
This particular example is well scaled with each block measuring 5 inches across. It is filled with a wonderful variety of printed fabrics, mostly dating to the 1860's and 1870's. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The binding, though original, is a solid pink material that does not appear as old as the quilt. Measurements are 75" x 86"...
A beautiful early 17th century silk floss textile embroidered with a variety of flowers in a panoply of colors. The central section has larger and more elaborate examples, while the borders have smaller meandering flora. Most probably of Italian origin.
The condition is quite fine, and the dimensions are 67" by 16". This wonderful piece has been part of my collection for 25 years and has not been previously shown or offered.
The pattern, quilting and fabrics all combine to make this Feathered Stars quilt an outstanding example.
The twentyfive stars are surrounded by beautifully quilted wreaths and feathers in the white blocks. The stars are made of a variety of indigo prints. The quilt is in excellent condition. It has one very light spot no larger than a dime. Fabrics are all strong.
Measurements are 82 inches square; made circa 1880.
Mill and Stars is a rarely seen pattern with a terrific positive/ negative design. Although it does not look so at first glance, it is actually made entirely of triangles. The use of solid colors makes the dramatic effect particularly striking. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. It is solid blue and white with a cluster of triangles that are in a more blue/gray tone.
Measurements are 70" x 80". Made circa 1920.
An older fan ;late 19th century in possibly a newer shadow box.
The fan is painted wood and silk. The top part of the fabric has ships. The fan has french looking faces and pastoral scenes. The fabric inside the shadow box peach velvet. The box measures 14" high and 20.5" wide,2" deep.If you need to see more photos: please email me.
Both the pattern and use of solid colors make this Pots of Flowers as exuberant as they come. Large groups of flowers coming out of small flower pots give a whimsical quality. Combining both fruit and flowers also adds to the fanciful design. Small half blocks of flower pots make a nice border in addition to the curved stems rounding out the corner blocks.
The quilt seems to have very light batting, if at all. It is very well appliqued but minimally quilted. Condition is excellent and unwashed...
An exceptional and rare Italian cut and voided velvet panel, probably Genovese, done in a dark green on a beige foundation. The motif features mythological animals and urns, all surrounded by foliate scrolls.
The condition is quite fine, even for a textile 250 years younger. The length is 64 1/2", with a width of 10 1/2".
A superb piece for display or use as an accent, and should appeal to collectors and decorators.
This exceptional table mat is made of cigar silks that were used as advertising for cigar companies. They bundled the cigars in groups of 25 - 50 and used the ribbons to tie them together. In addition to being functional, they served as advertising with the name of the company printed on each. This one has several mentions of Harvard and the Harvard Club in addition.
Cigars were the most popular tobacco product of the 19th century.
The edging of this piece is large and elaborate...
Solid colors enhance the whirling movement of this Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log cabin quilt. The choice of colors is unusual and pleasing. It may be difficult to tell but the outer border is a dark teal blue/green. The very light pink and celadon are an interesting choice rather than the more often seen white for contrast. The outer border is nicely quilted with flower medallions and scrolling feathers.
Condition is excellent. Measurements are 82" x 84. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
The pattern; colors and fabrics make a striking and unusual String Stars quilt.
It is made of richly colored velvets, some of which have patterning within them. Light colored embroidery around each block and star highlights that within. The quilt is a top and backing that have been heavily stitched together. While there is no distinct binding, it does appear to be finished as the edges have been sewn down...
An antique traditional women's folk costume headdress from Bavaria called "Priener Hut". The outside covered with black velvet, both sides with a pair tassels worked in gold wires, frippery and glass beads. The underside of the hat brim with splendid goldwork in gold and silver wires decorated with glass beads. The sides with the long, often missing, embroidered velvet and silk ribbons. Green silk lining and maker's label "Therese Allinger - Hutgeschäft - Obing"...
Snail's Trail is the perfect name for this curlicue design. The more one looks at it, the more one sees the strong positive/ negative effect.
The quilt is a beautiful soft shade of medium blue. It is well quilted with a variety of patterns that include circles; diamonds and teardrop shaped elements. Measurements are 82" x 90", large enough for a queen or king size bed. Condition is excellent.
Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1920.
Tumbling Blocks (aka Baby Blocks) is one of the most three dimensional of quilt patterns. As is often the case, in addition to the cubes, one also sees 6 point stars. The use of solid colors in the middle makes the star especially prominent in this quilt.
The pattern is made with a tremendous selection of fabrics from the 1870's and 80's, most of which are prints.
The border and backing are "double blue" calico seen most often in southeastern Pennsylvania...
This unusual octagon stars quilt goes by the name of Wheel of Fortune. Puss in the Corner blocks are set between the main blocks, all of which are done in a beautiful, soft shade of medium blue. The octagons are quilted with designs of circular wreaths filled with small squares. The border and sashing are done with double rows of straight lines. A thin blue edging nicely outlines the entire pattern. The quilt measures 68 inches square...
This ia a Japanese antique Thick handspun & natural indigo dye katazome long fabric of meiji era .
It's a Arabesque and paulownia family crest pattern.It is a very elaborate and beautiful katazome that uses different shades of dark blue and light blue.
This is dyed twice from the front and back. It requires a very high level of skill to prevent the design and colors from shifting or bleeding...
This broderie perse (chintz applique) quilt is as grand as they come. Each block is a finely detailed floral motif, some including birds, with a cross stitched name in the tiniest of stitches...
This Basket of Flowers quilt is one of the finest examples I have seen of a 20th century quilt. To say that the quilting is masterful is an understatement. The minuscule stitches are 18 to the inch. The feathered design throughout the border as well as around the full flowers appears to be trapunto but on close examination one can see that it is not. The interior field is quilted with a small diamond pattern and triple rows of parallel straight lines outside the field. Double rows of quilting ou...
This Ohio Stars antique quilt (aka Variable Stars) is as crisp as the day it was made more than 140 years ago. Clearly, it was packed away and never saw the light of day. Lucky for us.
The quilt is done on brick red ground with a nice variety of brown prints for the stars. Each block is
7 1/2 inches to a side. The quilt measures 66" x 78".
Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880..