Sweet Victorian bookmark of pierced paper, featuring two girls and a deer, embroidered 'Love the Giver' on a deep red silk ribbon. Paper measures 6 1/8” by 2”. Excellent condition.
A beautifully worked quilt with the "Star of Bethlehem" design, surrounded by stuffed-work flowers and vines; 87" by 81". Excellent condition.
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”.
This Birds in the Air quilt virtually screams of its Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. The yellow background is a color most often associated with that area.
The quilt is in excellent condition with the exception of brown spots in four triangles clustered in one area.They are visible in the first thumbnail photo.
Sewn to the back is a label saying that the maker was Dillie Houser Miller from Lebanon County...
Light and dark colors beautifully highlight the diagonal diamond pattern of this early crib quilt. It is made of beautiful printed fabrics on both front and back. Probably New England origin; made circa 1850. Measurements are 27" x 30"; excellent condition.
Finely beaded 19th century miniature pie crust coin purse, featuring a floral geometric pattern in turquoise blue. Gorgeous repousse silver frame. Beading is in good condition; there’s one hole; losses under the frame, and some missing loop twist fringe. Measures 4”.
This is the upper part of a kamishimo; samurai's formal attire without the trousers. It was worn over a kosode (kimono with small sleeves) with trousers. The texture is hemp like; coarse, slightly translucent, thick threads (thicker than other kamishimo). The family crest is the feathers of a hawk. Kami-shimo (upper-lower) that we currently have are quite dandy and fashionable. The amazing thing is the work that is involved when making these fabrics...
Antique flannel dog filled with grain or sawdust that makes him feel like a bean bag and allows him to stand nicely. He has big bead eyes and replaced floppy ears. The original ears must have been further back where you see a white patch. That patch is white flannel that hasn't gotten dirty. He has a couple of mends but is old and nice and has a bit of a worried look. He is 7 1/2" long and 6" tall. (His ears are a wool knit fabric that looks like they have been there for a while.) Hi is 19th C...
86" x 68" star quilt with white cotton backing, excellent condition. MD/PA origin, circa 1890.
Silk Embroidered Memorial to George Torrey,
Scituate, Massachusetts, circa 1815
size of the oval: 16¼” x 14” • framed size: 21” x 19½”
Writing in Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650 – 1850, vol...
An amazing version of Thousand Pyramids quilt that in which the triangles forms multiple patterns of light and dark squares. Larger triangle border of a fabric used throughout the quilt makes the perfect frame. Pristine condition; freshly laundered; wonderful fabrics. Measures 80" a 84"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Wonderful handmade Berlin woolwork purse, from a small, but choice collection, English, circa 1850. Berlin woolwork eclipsed sampler-making and cross stitch from the 1830’s to the 1860’s, when thousands of hand painted patterns (mass-produced in Berlin), including many for purses, were available to English women . Berlin woolwork was worked on canvas in soft German wools, using mostly tent, half-cross, cross and pile stitching...
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....
Delicate 19th century beaded purse, featuring an elegant abstract design. Colors are green, gold, red, pink, clear and bronze. Bead loss and tears at the top; missing one tassel. Measures 4” by 3 1/2”.
This is a Shaker hand sewn needle case make by the Shaker sisters and sold in their gift shops. It is a brown and beige silk fabric with a white flannel interior to hold the pins and needles. It is 4" by 4". and is in nice condition with wear to a bit of the ribbon.
A colorful Uzbeki velvet Ikat textile fragment in a striking plethora of colors. In good overall condition and mounted on linen. The sight size is 20" by 16" and the overall size is 23 1/2" by 19 1/4".
Purchased in Istanbul in 1996 for a private collection.
NOTES: 1. Ikats are the oldest known patterned textiles in the world...
This Thousand Pyramids is quilt perfection. It is finely pieced with a glorious array of mid 19th century fabrics. The double triangle appliqued border surrounds an undulating quilted vine. It is interesting that the border is machine appliqued. Rather than being done to save time, machine quilting in the late 1860's was often done to show off that one had a newfangled sewing machine. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 92" x 94". Maryland origin; circa 1860's.
This is a hand sewn and hand quilted antique doll quilt circa 1850-60. It is random and naïve and very pleasing to the eye. It has been professionally mounted. I love hanging these doll quilts on fronts and backs of doors. (I have run out of wall space!) This one is 16" by 16" and mounted 18" by 18".