An early 19th century needlework landscape scene, featuring a thatched cottage by a river. The scene is filled with wonderful details: there’s a dog in front of the house, a bridge over the river and swans a swimming. And on the opposite bank, there’s a shepherd playing a flute to his sheep! The picture is set in a gilt gessoed frame, which exhibits losses – chips, scratches, cracks. The needlework is in perfect condition and the colors are wonderfully fresh.
This hooked rug is done in a quilt pattern known as Straight Furrows Log Cabin. The diagonal lights and darks make a wonderful design.
The rug is made of wool; circa 1920's; from New York State. The rug itself is in excellent condition. Measurements are 18" x 36". It is mounted on a homemade stretcher that, in all honesty, is not an enhancement. It should probably be re-mounted or it could be used as a table mat without being mounted.
This Four Patch Doll Quilt was likely a practice piece for a young girl.
The diagonal line quilting along the border, for instance, is clearly an effort at fine stitching yet the wobbliness and irregularity of the lines may indicate it was made by a novice. Similarly, the piecing of the printed triangles fabric on the right border was done by someone who had not fine tuned her skills. In spite of (or because of) these technical flaws, the quilt has a real charm to it...
This triangles pattern doll quilt can be seen as a number of patterns. The square blocks divided into two triangles are put together so as to look like an Hourglass: Pinwheel or Broken Dishes. It is nicely quilted in double rows; in excellent condition. Measurements are 14 1/2" x 22". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890. The color is more toward marigold than shows on my monitor.
An almost square French woolen shawl woven on a Jacquard's loom. Decorated in stripes with small floral pattern. Two sides with fringes. Condition: old mends, thin areas, splits, some small holes and stains, faded, missing fringes. Dimension: 171 cm x 160 cm (without fringes).
Beautiful antique Afshar chanteh, last quarter of the nineteenth century, complete with flat-woven back and tassels, all natural dyes including a beautiful green. This bag measures roughly 12" by 16".
Groups of four Pinwheel blocks are set together to create a dense pattern with lots of movement. Browns, greens and teals together make for an especially rich palette. Machine quilted. Several water marks visible on border and one in lowest of middle group of Pinwheels. Fabrics are strong and could probably be washed but I have not touched it. Backing is pieced bars. Measures 78" x 86". Franklin County, Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation project label is shown on thumbnail photo. Circa 1870.
A charming Sumakh flatweave Chanteh bag made of wool. With woven striped Kilim back. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: clean, few traces of usage, selvage wrapping partially lost. Dimension: c. 27.5 cm x 29.5 cm.
A clutch worked from a 19th century Chinese silk embroidery with Peking knot, the space beetween filled with tiny white seed glass beads. White lining and green jade imitating glass knob. Condition: lining with few traces of usage, clean. Dimension: c. 19 cm x 12.5 cm.
Beautiful Balouchi Balisht front, in fine condition, natural dyes, wonderful tree of life design on camel ground, some corrosion of the browns, with original selvedges and flat-woven ends. This piece measures 18" by 39". One of a few Balouchi weavings currently for sale on this website.
A design of a green cross with all sides equal enclosed in a rectangle on one point with red steps and green saw teeth in rows and columns of five against a background of light and dark blue checked fabric. Geometric quilting of waves around the outside and rectangular quilting in the other light squares. Great printed cotton backing.
Condition: May never have been washed as the blue chalk lines for the quilting are still visible...
Antique Balouchi balisht front, in excellent full pile un-restored condition, with natural dyes, complete with flat-weave ends. Great color palette, including the use of green. It appears to date from the end of the nineteenth century. 22" by 37".
Antique Baluch balisht (grain bag or pillow face), circa 1900, all natural dyes, 17" by 37", well drawn Tree Of Life design in the camel color field, good condition, fresh from an estate. Please ask for additional photos. One of a number of Baluch rugs and balishts currently available.
A rich golden background to a continuous vine motif entwined around alternating blue and white stripes; 25 1/2" by 22"
These are two linen homespun pillow cases that are beautifully made. They are embroidered with the name Emily Clark with a heart and the number 4. They are is excellent condition with just a little age related yellowing. The stitches are so tiny you can’t see them at the hemmed end. They are 15 ½” by 38”. Circa 1820-30
The ground fabric is a very fine and shiny silk, painted in subdued colors with vividly depicted flower bouquets. Lined with linen and inscribed in ink. Condition: upper part with old mends and splits, minor staining. Dimension: 75 cm x 65.5 cm.
Four Hourglass blocks are combined to create a Pinwheel pattern in this lovely 1920's doll quilt. Excellent condition. Well scaled to the size of the piece, including the cable quilted border. Measures 28 1/2" square. Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.
The ground fabric is linen entirely embroidered with fruits and flowers in silk and metallic threads and some padding. Once maybe a chasuble and later modified to a dresser cover. Condition: loose and missing threads. Dimension: 94 cm x 40 cm.
A very nice pair of antique hand knit blue and white cotton socks with a initials at the top. I think the initials are WWF. The stockings are knit with three different weight cotton yarn the heaviest is the wonderful true blue that is the foot and ankle where all the wear is and the area where you want the most cushioning. The lighter blue is medium weight and the white is the lightest where you don't want it to bind. The have been used but not abused...
This Economy Patch doll quilt is made with a wonderful variety of
fabrics dating from the 1830's to 1880's. It has a lovely distribution of lights and darks. It is in excellent condition with the small apology of one light diamond that may have been replaced at some point. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring
20 1/2" square. Pennsylvania origin.
Antique Caucasian Kabistan Saddle Bag Pillow, District of Shemaka, Russian Empire. The bag face in a fine vegetable dyed wool pile knotted on a wool foundation. A floral lattice design on center of white and orange blossoms and a green vine on a dark blue field framed by a floral meander border on a white ground. Flat weave cotton back with multi-colored stripes. Label on backside.
Condition: Excellent, wool wrapped edges, short end fringe
Measuring: 24 in. x 17 in. x 4 in.
A double Irish chain quilt with printed cotton fabrics of red and green chains against a background of black spots on white cotton. The front is turned over to the back to make the edge. The quilting is simple diagonals.
Condition; excellent, never washed.
Good colors and pleasing design makes this an attractive quilt.
This early very beautiful Civil War era capelet is a rich reddish brown calico made with the finest cotton fabric that looks like it might be homespun. The workmanship is the best. The capelet is 14” back of neck to bottom and is 10” front down to bottom and 24” spread out. Circa 1860 and excellent condition and Museum quality.
Gorgeous 19th century antique canvas work notebook, featuring a young man sitting in contemplation outside of a cottage; the reverse features a folly and fountain landscape. The silk needlework is bright and beautiful; each panel is edged in ribbon. Pink silk lining and pockets reveals faded writing underneath and two note tucked inside. One note is an index card inscribed “7/30/71 Mrs. Sinclair”. One is a period note – I can’t decipher the language! Pencil is missing...
Fantastic early 20th century double-sided silk embroidered bag with a super marcasite and carnelian (either stone or glass) Art Deco clasp. The front features a pair of lovers in a picturesque landscape; he is offering her a flower while a little boy spies on them behind a column. The reverse features knots of flowers. Green silk embroidered handle; cream silk lining with central change purse...
Early antique homespun cotton handkerchief in blue and white. It is very tightly woven and soft to the touch. It has two initials M and H. This is an American and possibly Shaker made. It is 17 1/2" by 19 1/2". The condition is excellent with some slight age discoloration. This was made for longevity! Circa 1830-40.
These are two pristine early bags.
On the left is a drawstring bag in an unusual polished cotton print. Measurements are 7 1/4 inches wide x 8 inches long. Price is $295.
The waist pocket on the right is 13 1/4" long x 10 1/4" at the widest. It is all the same fabric with the exception of the bindings. It has a muslin backing. SOLD
A three-color overshot coverlet with a pattern of snowballs and stripes on the dark ground side. The border on three sides is wavy lines and the fringe is a continuation of the white warp threads on the bottom and the red and blue weft threads on the sides. The warp is cotton and the weft is wool. The seam down the middle indicates that it was done on a narrow loom, though the sophisticated design and the three colors suggest that it was woven by a professional. Length without fringe approx....
Friendship Quilt, 78" X 80", circa 1930, soft peach background with 25 blocks containing 24 sets of initials and one signed Grama. The 25, 9" blocks are done in the "Chimney Sweep" design. There is extensive hand quilting in diamond, club and what appears to be water lilies designs. The quilting is hand stitched at 10" per inch. The binding is hand sewn. The batting is medium weight. The quilt is fresh and clean and has no tears or apparent repairs...
Diamond in squares doll quilt (aka economy patch) with both funkiness and great attention to detail. The border around the diamonds in squares alternates between the green calico and brown printed fabrics. Surely this is an indication of the care with which the maker created this small quilt. At the same time, the backing consists of a central calico bar set at an angle between two sections of brown wool. Intentional or careless? Who knows? It is nicely hand quilted. Wool and cotton fabrics. Goo...
1830-40 velvet reticule theorem purse In nice condition with some age darkening. It is all hand sewn, lined with fine homespun linen. No rips or tears but there is loss of most of the ribbon trim around the outside edges. It is 8 1/2" top to bottom and 8" across at the widest point.
Fantastic antique beadwork over woven straw case, probably Spanish, early to mid 19th century. The piece is encircled with dancing figures in black, and with blue swags and blue and red flowers, all against a gold ground. The owner’s name is also worked onto the case: “D. Mariano Sanchez”. The letter on the top is difficult to decipher: “S.ALS.L”. Beadwork is in excellent condition; cardboard insert is a recent addition; top does not fit tightly. Measures 2 7/8” by 1 3/4”.
Early overshot indigo blue and white coverlet that has a center seam. It is in very good sturdy condition and could really be used. It looks and feels clean, it has a couple of stains on one side edge, see pictures, and it has a few very tiny areas of moth nibbles but they don't go through as holes. It is 7'long and 6' 3" wide. It has fringe only on the end not on the sides. The real color is best represented by the close up picture of the brown stains. This is a really nice early, heavy coverl...
This is a truly wonderful little early 19th century beaded coin purse. The front depicts a man fishing by a stream; there’s a vase of flowers on the reverse. The body of the bag is worked in golden yellow, and the beadwork for the designs is intricate and colorful. Great condition; a few bead missing at the bottom edges. Lovely gilt frame and chain. Purse measures 4 1/2”.
An 18th c French yellow silk underdress front, beautifully and heavily embroidered with metallic threads. The overall size is 27 1/2" by 19". The condition is good, with some scattered wear and pulls. It could highly benefit from a careful pressing.
Beautiful antique beadwork case, probably Continental, dating from the mid 19th century. The piece is worked in bright and colorful beads and features a riot of figures: a man, a woman, a pair of ducks, and two other interesting creatures, possibly a dog and a cat, all against a white ground. The beadwork is in excellent condition; the box is lined with heavy card, which is somewhat misshapen, and black silk, which is shredding. Measures 3” by 2 1/4”.