Chinese Coins is a pattern not often seen, even more rarely when done on a diagonal as is this example. The blocks are fairly large but create a stunning effect whether used either vertically or horizontally. This would make a spectacular hanging in a stairwell or over a sofa because of the 54" x 76" size. All wool fabrics; Circa 1910. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Mennonite.
Geometric quilt that comes closest in pattern to Corn and Beans or Fox and Geese. Placement of the blocks, as well as the use of fabrics, makes this soft toned quilt quite dazzling in patterning. There is actually not a secondary or background block. Both take on equal prominence. Shirting plaids and stripes are nicely complemented by the double blue and pink calico prints. Unwashed condition; one tiny brown spot visible in close-up photos. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910.
Cross Roads Crib Quilt done with unusual prints in a very sophisticated color palette. Each of the light color fabrics depicts nail heads in red and black. Symmetrically arranged to create the appearance of a grid in the center that seems to be underneath the criss cross of each block. Unwashed condition confirmed on the back by remnants of the paper label from the fabric bolt. Has several light smudges. Measures 42" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
Whimsical would be the best way to describe this unusual fruit quilt. I believe they are meant to be apples but one can also make a case for cherries. Regardless of which you prefer, it is in excellent condition; made circa 1870. It is quilted with concentric diamonds and has a border on three sides that alternates the colors of the fruit. Measurements are 80 inches square.
This Baskets quilt is actually pieced as many traditional baskets are but the placement of color makes it an unusual variation. The body of the Basket looks like a Flying Geese pattern because the white triangles are on the outside and it doesn't have the blue to give the appearance of an outline. Whether this was intentional or not, we will never know but it makes for a very interesting pattern...
19th century Chinese textile kesi rank badge (also called mandarin square) from the back of an official’s robe. The badge dates from early to mid-19th century, and denotes the fifth civil rank symbolized by the bird on the badge - the Silver Pheasant. Numerous woven designs include sun, rocks among waves and clouds, bats in flight, fungus of Immortality, peaches, peonies, lotus flowers and other Emblems of the 8 Immortals, Buddhist Emblems and Eight Treasures...
Wonderful school girl linen work bag, decorated with ink drawing of flowers and leaves, and signed “Sally Poors”. Probably American, late 18th or early 19th century. Fabric is foxed and stained, with one split. But considering its delicacy, it’s a fabulous piece of early school decorative arts. Measures 10 1/2”.
Un-used Lancaster County Mennonite Log Cabin quilt in rich colored medium weight wools. The quilt is in pristine condition with an unusual cotton cheater's cloth backing. Measurements s 68" x 73". Circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin. The border is a deep purple, not black as it may appear on some monitors.
Log Cabin, possibly Mennonite, "Court House Steps", Circa 1900. Wool challis fabrics. Rich colors, no fading, tears or moth holes, minor professional repair. In excellent condition. 86"x86". ** WE GUARANTEE THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR MERCHANDISE AS REPRESENTED. MEMBERS OF: THE ANTIQUES COUNCIL, THE VERMONT ANTIQUES DEALERS ASSOCIATION (VADA), THE CAPE COD ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (CCADA). **
This comforter is like op art of the 19th century. The contrast of the red on black circles tied with white thread atop the rectangles make the pattern really move. The darks are wool suiting fabrics. Clearly, this was made for warmth as it is quite heavy, but it was done by someone with an artistic eye. Area of light discoloration visible in thumbnail but it does nothing to detract from the overall impact. Circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 69" x 71".
This is an unusual pattern done with a wonderful variety of 1880's calico fabrics. Thumbnails show many of them clearly including several of cheater's cloth. The light spot on the upper left border of the overall image is on the photo only; it is not a spot on the quilt.It is in unwashed condition. Backing is muslin. The size; pattern and variety of fabrics would make this a wonderful wall hanging. It measures 66" x 72". Pennsylvania origin.
A pair of 18th century embroidered garters, similar in style to the Jerusalem garters worn by 17th century pilgrims. Linen tape embroidered with colored silk thread, with crocheted ends and knotted fringes...
This is the finest version of this pattern that I've ever seen. It is extremely well quilted in cross hatching with a wreath in the center surrounding a quilted star. Embroidery adds three dimensionality. Lovely, soft colors; pristine condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920. Measures 72 1/2" x 73 1/2".
A broad variety of fabrics dating from the 1850's to 1870's form the center squares of this pristine, unwashed quilt. Unusual to have the yellow calico background. Pennsylvania origin. Measures 76 inches square.
This Pot of Tulips quilt has an unusual quality that makes for something of an abstract pattern. The combination of color; the shapes between the pots as well as the placement of the floral designs make one step back for a moment to realize that the primary pattern is actually the Pots of Tulips.
The quilt measures 78 inches square. It is freshly laundered and in pristine condition. Made circa 1900; Pennsylvania origin.
New York Beauty is always a dynamic quilt pattern and this is no exception. The bold red dominates while the soft green and orange are good back ups. The green has faded from a darker version but still holds its own.
This is a difficult pattern to execute and the maker did a fine job creating needlelike points on the numerous triangles.
The quilt is from Kentucky where for some unknown reason, many New York Beauties originated.
Measurements are 65" x 84"; made circa 1920; excellent condition.
It is difficult to imagine that a quilt as fresh and crisp in condition as this Nine Patch is more than 125 years old. It was obviously packed away and never saw the light of day. Beautiful fabrics; wonderful zigzag border makes a great frame. Quilting in off blocks done in the same nine patch design as the primary pattern. Border quilted with diagonal lines. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 76" x 90".
This Barnraising Log Cabin quilt is an American classic. It has a very nice variety of late 19th century printed fabrics. The logs are a desirable small scale. The red and green outer borders are good complements to the interior fabrics. It is well quilted with cable patterns in the borders.
Mint, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" x82": Pennsylvania origin.