Chimney Sweep Quilt that is much more dramatic than this pattern usually is due to the small scale of the blocks and the deep, inky blue fabric. Unwashed, excellent condition. Nicely quilted. Measures 78" square; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Birds in the Air crib quilt is a finely made rendition of a pattern usually seen in full size. It is well quilted with a cable pattern running throughout the triple borders. It has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 39 1/2" x 41".
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Early and compex quilt pattern of Hexagons within Hexagons. Forms a secondary pattern of Six Point Stars around the basic hexagonal block. Beautiful fabrics; heart quilted within each small triangle. Chevrons quilted in large light triangles and cables in the red banding. Difficult to see because of the heavily patterned fabrics but well done. Excellent condition. Measures 85" x 94"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1860.
Embroidered botanical crib quilt shows eight different types of flowers as well as crescent moons. Excellent condition; professionally laundered. Well quilted and embroidered. Measures 37" x 40"; circa 1900. Pennsylvania origin.
United States Centennial George Washington jacquard tea towel with eagles. These fragile souvenirs rarely survive and this one is in amazing condition. It is a generous 40" x 18.5" and has no condition issues, holes or stains. The fringes are full and lush and there are jacquard eagles woven into the white fields above and below gorgeous George.
Unusual pattern applique quilt that most resembles Starflowers or Sunflowers with a Pomegranate border. Nicely quilted. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Tan colors probably started out as darker browns but there is no evidence of them having faded from green. Measures 66" x 80"; probably Southern origin. Circa 1870.
This stunning Mariner's Compass crib quilt is unlike any other I've seen in terms of color palette as well as design.
The central Compass is framed with quarter Compasses and a triangle border. Quilting follows the pieced blocks. The quilt is from the Ausherman Family of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania ( Franklin County).
It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is wired to be hung either horizontally or vertically. The green is more vibrant than appears on my monitor...
This traditional Tree Everlasting quilt pattern is done in soft printed fabrics of the mid 19th century. Perhaps it was the maker's attempt at humor to use a fabric of printed blue leaves on a pattern known as Tree Everlasting. It is well pieced and quilted with particular attention to the detail of the many triangles. Measurements are 86" x 94". Excellent condition.
Classic Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt with a good use of lights and darks. Solid red and orange logs play well against the printed fabrics. Excellent condition. It is lightweight with no batting. Measurements are 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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...
This lovely Irish Chain crib quilt is framed with the ultimate border. The stepped, curved applique creates a terrific positive/negative image. It is nicely quilted with an echo pattern in the white part of the border and a waffle pattern throughout the quilt. The squares of the Chain measure just 3/4" to a side.
The quilt has been professionally laundered. Very close examination reveals three tiny, tiny darned spots on the border but no other condition apologies. Measurements are 28 1/2" x 40"...
All hand sewn with brown calico fabric, is this very nice antique sewing roll. It is in excellent condition with four separate pockets. The fabric is pieced in areas proving the point of waste not want not. I don't believe this one was ever used. The individual pockets are all lined. It isn't often that you find such a utilitarian piece in such pristine condition. 14" long by 4 1/2" wide and circa 1830-40
Nine Patch Quilt made of fine, printed wool challis fabrics on both front and back. It has a wonderfully rich color palette. Measurements are 72" x 88". Very good condition. There is a weak spot on one corner where it appears to have gotten caught on something. Made circa 1870.
Thousand Pyramids Quilt with a most unusual center of a printed panel depicting an elegant equestrienne with her hound. It is unusual for a highly pieced quilt to have a central panel. In this case, the elegance of the subject compared with the "country" aspect of the quilt makes for an even more unlikely, though successful, pairing. It is knotted, not quilted. Very good condition. Measures 65" x 87". From the Chadwick Family of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
This Hourglass crib quilt can be seen as several different patterns. There is the diagonal design in which the indigo triangles make up the bow tie. Alternatively, the primary pattern can be seen as the indigo Four Patch with the light triangles making up the Hourglasses.
The binding is the back turned over to the front. While every indication is that it has been this way for many years, it is odd that on one edge, pieces of each block seem to be cut off...
This is one of the most dramatic examples of a Swirling Pinwheel (aka Rising Sun or Wheel of Life) quilt that I have seen. The use of solid red and green punctuated by orange centers gives it real drama. The rows of diamonds around the Pinwheels add to the pulsating quality. LeMoyne Stars are another fine element.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are some slight irregularities in the green which is probably a home dyed fabric and somewhat fugitive...
The Centennial bandanna forms a central medallion for this Log Cabin quilt done in the 1870's. It's always useful to have a date such as on the bandanna in order to verify the age of the fabrics forming the Log Cabin. Slight fraying on the binding and one split in the interior seen on a close-up. Measures 80" x 91"; Pennsylvania origin.
This Sunflower pattern can also loosely be described as a Mariner's Compass. It dates to the 1860's and is in pristine, unwashed condition. Two calico prints are used on the front as well as a rich, solid chestnut brown forming the centers. New England origin; measures 75" x 76". Ex- Weld collection.