This Birds in the Air quilt is made of a wide selection of printed fabrics that date from the mid 19th century to the 1880's. Placement of darks and lights gives a nice diagonal movement to the whole piece. The quilting is done in a pattern of concentric arcs. Condition is excellent; measurements are 66" x 82".
After much searching, I have not found a comparable pattern to this. It is closest to those known as Wandering Foot; Burr and Thistle or The Swallow. Unlike them, this quilt has a square center while the others have centers with a curved or concave square.
Regardless of the name, this quilt is well made...
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".
Pristine, unwashed reversible quilt. One side is brick and green calico bars and the other is printed patchwork. Un-used condition; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 86" x 94".
Stunning 19th century silk knitted miser purse, in vivid stripes of red, yellow, light blue and black. Gilt clasps to either end and steel slider. Several tears near and under frame. Measures 5 1/2" long.
This blue and white linen homespun towel is of the heavy early style. It is hemmed on three sides with the one end being the salvage. It has seen lots of use and washings and it does have some stains but it is a lovely testament of time. It is 18" by 33" and dates to the 1830-40's.
This Four Patch Crib Quilt is dense with color. It is made with a wonderful grouping of late 19th century fabrics. Excellent condition. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 45 1/2" square.
Velvet Hexagons Quilt that has the lights and darks of stained glass. The texture of the velvets combined with the jewel colors give a real richness to this piece. Wonderful striped border. Velcro sewn to back - ready for hanging. Measures 64" x 68". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Applique crib quilt with an unusual combination of patterns. The central wreath is surrounded by four compass-like appliques and four stems with leaves that seems as though they flew off the wreath. The three red printed fabrics date to the first half of the 19th century. Backing is a tan printed fabric. The quilt has light staining but has never been washed. It consists of a top, batting and a backing but it is not quilted.
Measurements are 35" x 42". Pennsylvania origin; ex-Trish Herr.
This is what I call a down home or servicable antique pot holder. It looks like a odd apple with a tummy sash. It is sewn nicely but with a childish feeling to it. I am sure it was used but care was taken with it. The loop at the top looks original. It is a very nice naive pot holder from the 1840's. It is 4" by 5". I love seeing these hung.
This bold Barnraising Log Cabin is made of wool challis from the 1870's. It reverses to a cotton calico One Patch. Dazzling use of stripes in the center. Some damage to the wools, much of which is visible in a close-up. It does not detract from the overall dramatic impact of the quilt. Measures 68" x 87"; Pennsylvania origin.
Interesting purse from the first half of the 19th century, netted from fiber, possibly flax. The body of the bag features top and bottom borders framing diamond shape patterns. Fiber-covered buttons on flap; fiber tassels; braided handle. Superb condition; one small hole on the bottom right. Measures 7” to bottom of tassel by 6 1/4”.
Charming antique beaded belt, featuring flowers interspersed with blue checkerboard designs and bordered with a blue loop fringe. Good condition; three tiny repairs and losses to fringe; yellow silk lining is deteriorating. Measures 24”.
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squares on the outer edge make a clever differentiation while actually using the same pattern throughout.The backing is a pink and green calico Bars pattern, often seen in quilts from southeast Pennsylvania. Measurements are 82" square; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
This is an elegant version of an Album Patch (aka Chimney Sweep) quilt done in a glorious grouping of fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. The binding is a hand loomed tape. The center is signed with the name Martha Harper. She was from Yardley, Pennsylvania; born in 1807. The fabric used for the diagonal sashing and border looks to be pieced but is actually one blue and brown printed material.
The quilt is in excellent condition...
A lovely shield-shaped ivory silk reticule, circa 1830. The purse features apple green piping, applied and embroidered strawberries and rosehips to one side, and a mixed floral spray on the reverse. Embroidery is wonderful. Lined in fine white muslin. Some foxing to silk and a split to bottom edge on spray side; lacking a drawstring. Measures 10” by 9”.
This is a dynamic country quilt with a native American feel. The solid red and blue chambray of the streak of lightning jump out from the plaids and checks. In excellent condition. Back is dark blue and white gingham check. Measures 67" x 83". Oklahoma origin; circa 1910.
Antique Veramin Kurdish bag face or bag front, very unusual design, beautiful wool, natural dyes, circa 1900. This saddle bag front measures 1'9" by 2'2". It is in excellent condition.