I can count on one hand the number of 19th century quilts I have seen with a matching crib quilt. Never have I seen as stunning a quilt with matching crib in such pristine condition. Both are in the spotless, unwashed condition as when they were made nearly 140 years ago..
The full size is quilted with concentric wreaths very similar to the appliqued pattern in addition to stylized flowers. The border is diagonal lines...
This Mennonite quilt from Lancaster, Pennsylvania takes the traditional Oakleaf pattern to an entirely new level. The five Oakleaf blocks alternate with diamond blocks that create a continuous overall pattern when seen from afar. Double sawtooth borders create the effect of the Tree Everlasting pattern.
The quilt is in excellent; unwashed condition. It is well quilted with wreaths in the green blocks and cable patterning in the wide green border...
Delectable Mountains is always a desirable quilt pattern and particularly when it is done in indigo and white. This example is unusual for having the sawtooth border on only two sides. It may have been made that way because it went on a bed tucked in a corner.
It is well quilted with feathered wreaths in the white triangles and cable patterning in the border. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 82" x 92". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
It is safe to say that this Lancaster County Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt is the best of its type. The colors are the rich jewel tones that are most sought after. Exactly the right amount of red is well placed to make the colors "pop". The quilting is finely done with traditional feathering in the outer border. Condition is as pristine as the day it was made more than 100 years ago. The quilt is made of fine wools on both front and back...
Princess Feather is almost always done as a four block pattern with each block having feathers radiating from a central design. This unusual example uses the same feathers in a unique design. The feathers gracefully alternate with tulips or maple leaves coming off undulating vines. The pattern looks equally good seen vertically or horizontally.
It is well quilted with diagonal lines throughout. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 92 inches square.
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
This Thousand Pyramids quilt has several terrific elements to it. It is made with a huge variety of indigo printed fabrics. Pinks are used to create an overall diagonal and border that give focus to the pattern. Most clever is the choice of binding fabric with a zigzag pattern to the print.
The quilt is in excellent condition. Two tiny red spots on abutting triangles are the only condition apologies.
Measurements are 72" x 76". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
This wonderfully graphic Mennonite Tumbling Blocks quilt (aka Baby Blocks) is made of fine, light wool fabrics from the late 19th century. The colors are deep and rich - perhaps a tad lighter than on the screen. The corners are quilted with the medallion wreath patterns often seen in Lancaster County Amish quilts. The patterns throughout the rest of the border are unusual designs of leaves; flowers and berries. The quilt is in excellent condition...
24.5" x 15" in a period frame, large format early sampler signed Sarah Waterworth and 1809.
A fine embroidered and painted silk memorial picture. Showing a lady and a girl besides a monument with urn near a waterfall, inscribed in French as "Oh our God". The subject of these pictures was a fashionable expression of romantic sorrow in Neoclassicism - Biedermeier. This type of embroidered picture, usually copied from prints, was made to demonstrate a girl's accomplishment in needlework. With original wooden frame. Dimension: total: c. 39.9 cm x 35.2 cm x 2.8 cm...
This unusual Album/Sampler quilt was made in the 1880's in the area of Rhinebeck, New York. The probable maker is Mary Mosher whose name is in the center block.
Each of the blocks has an embroidered name. Extensive information is available about each of the individuals included on the quilt. In several instances, the block pattern corresponds with the person's vocation. Nelson Haver, for instance, was a banker and real estate broker. His block depicts a bank...
Afghan Baluch: Stunning (at least I think so) very old rug from Afghanistan Baluch weavers, all natural vibrant dyes. No a lot of knots but very supple and clean. Most of the flat weave head end is missing on one head end and about 15cm missing on the other. There are a couple of small holes and quite a few small but old repairs. Lovely piece ready to on your floor. Please view enlargements to see the true colors and condition of pile. L: 220cm/86in and W: 129cm/50in
This traditional Rose Wreath pattern is exquisitely quilted. It has a variety of floral patterns in the center of the wreaths and undulating vines separating the blocks. All are done in tiny stitches. The graceful border seems to hug the wreaths.
It has been washed in its lifetime so the red is ever so slightly softened in color. The fabrics are strong and intact.
Measurements are 82" x 83". Wheeling, West Virginia origin; circa 1860.
This is an unusual version of a Princess Feather quilt with two striking borders. Each Feather has a unique six lobed floral applique coming off the center eight lobed medallion.
The quilt is made of several different solid red fabrics. It is quilted with double diamonds in the body; diagonal rows in the inner border and arced designs in the outer border. There are several small, unobtrusive patches in the border...
This patriotic quilt of Eagles and Stars is an unusual combination with the Princess Feather center medallion. The star in the center of the Princess Feather is a clever way to integrate the two elements.
This is a summer spread - that is a top and back with no batting...
This four block Pots of Flowers quilt is over the top both in terms of design and execution. The flowers; leaves; stems and chain sashing are all heavily stuffed applique. Finely detailed embroidery outlines the applique. Exuberant does not begin to describe the dense design that is so full it has something of an abstract look.
The quilt has similarities to the work of Baltimore quilt maker known as Designer Three. Her quilts, as well as this piece, are intense in design and padded applique.
Delectable Mountains is often a bold, dynamic pattern but in this case, even more so than most. The fabric is a very, very dark blue/ green that in limited light looks black. The use of solid color fabric makes it even stronger. The quilt has a wonderful diamond border.
It came from an estate in North Carolina but with no background information. The use of some dark quilting thread leads me to believe it is of Southern origin. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 78" x 86".
This is a rather elegant version of an Evening Stars quilt. It has a glazed chintz border with pea fowls throughout. The stars are beautiful grouping of brown printed fabrics with reddish brown in each corner. The back of the quilt is a pieced Bars pattern. It is from Ephrata, Pennsylvania (Lancaster County); circa 1850. Measurements are 92" square; excellent, unwashed condition.
An embossed green leather wallet, the front with a mesh section with tiny needlepoint embroidery showing three Italian brigands in a landscape, bordered by a gold foil frame. Condition: frontside a bit faded, mesh slightly soiled, losses to gold foil. Dimension: 8.4 cm x 11 cm x 0.8 cm.