This patriotic Shields quilt is unusual in both pattern and size. It measures 58 inches square.
The quilt is from Hometown, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County) and was probably made at the time of World War I. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are a few light smudges in the border that can likely be removed with washing. The background is made of several different white cotton fabrics...
Turkmenistan Tekke Bokhara Trible Rug, Before 1910, approximately 6' x 4', all wool hand knotted and flat weave like kilim, beautiful tiny Tekke Bokhara designs throughout the entire rug, the tiny knots are so fine and exact, back side is almost like front, all 4 side edges are in good condition, no worn spots anywhere and very clean.
This four part floral applique quilt appears to be an original pattern. Each stem of two flowers is part of a group of four that creates a dense cluster. The same flowers "grow" out of the swag border. It is very well quilted with feathery designs throughout the white sashing.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 84" x 92". Made circa 1860.
This Evening Stars quilt is well pieced and finely quilted. Each miniature star is 2 7/8 inches in diameter. The white blocks echo the format of the groups of five stars with five miniature wreaths in quilting.
Measurements are 89" x 92". Made circa 1870; condition is excellent.
This overall Hexagon quilt is bursting with diamonds and hexagons radiating out from the center. The very center hexagon is a fussy cut duet of roses. Bands of the two shapes are made with an exquisite group of printed fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century with nice use of light and dark. Quilting is done with diagonal lines.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The fabrics are strong and totally intact...
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...
This Wagon Wheels quilt has the finest quilting imaginable. The white ground is filled with swirling, intersecting feathers. The center white border is also done with a feather pattern flanked by chevrons in both red borders. Quilting of this quality is not often seen but particularly not in a straightforward pattern like this.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition...
This is an elegant example of a Caesar's Crown quilt. It is extremely finely quilted with a feather border and floral motifs throughout. The teal blue/green and reddish/brown prints are "dressier" than many of the more traditional reds and greens. The sawtooth border in a lighter color sets it all off well.
Some might want this washed but it is not imperative. The small spots could certainly be removed with a bath and the already dense quilting would appear even more prominent...
Classical French Provencal quilt that is totally reversible. The solid red side highlights the beautiful quilting consisting of alternating rows of cables and floral medallions. The reverse side features beautiful printed paisley fabric. The quilt measures 78" x 88", larger and more practical for a bed that these quilts usually are.
Made circa 1870; pristine condition.
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...
Never before have I seen an album quilt in which the flowers and berries are done entirely with stuffed applique. Usually, at most, there is a smattering of three dimensional applique but in this unusual album, it is all done with padding making for a very robust pattern.
The quilt is in excellent condition. It is all solid color fabrics. Use of the same berry or grape blocks in all four corners gives just the right amount of symmetry...
The small scale of these Variable Stars could not be more appealing. They are made of a nice mixture of primarily brown and green prints. The stars are contained with a wonderful zigzag border. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition.
Pinned to the quilt is a label saying "Made by Susan L. Mathews about 1888 Property of Julia Gorham Crane"...
This early Sunflower quilt is made of a stunning variety of mid 19th century printed fabrics, many of which are quite unusual. The solid red background in which each block is set highlights them perfectly. There is a heart quilted in the four corners of each of the red blocks.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 84".
Made circa 1850.
This is a finely made version of the Wandering Foot quilt pattern both in terms of piecing and quilting.
The red and green diamonds are especially small. The group around the central block are nicely placed to create an additional circular design.
Quilting patterns are wreaths with pinwheel centers. The quilt is in pristine condition.
Measurements are 74" x 88". Made circa 1860.
While Irish Chain is a very popular pattern, rarely does one find it on a brown ground. This is the rich color of milk chocolate. It is a solid color with printed yellow and rust or terra cotta color.
The brown blocks are quilted with floral medallions. Measurements are 80 inches square; condition is excellent.
Made circa 1880; Adams County, Pennsylvania origin.
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".
All hand pieced and quilted cut corner doll quilt.
It has been professionally mounted. There is one spot more noticeable in the picture than in person. The quilt is 17" wide and 19" long. The frame is 19" by 21". This little amazing quilt is out of a local attic a number of years ago. I love hanging these dear doll quilts on fronts and backs of doors. (I have run out of wall space!) Circa 1840
The unique centers make this well crafted Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) quilt an especially fine example. The center of each light block is a square, outlined in red, that is appliqued to the quilt...
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. She was most likely Adeline Houser Miller (1850-1918), from Schaefferstown.
What could be better for the country or textile collector than a rare pair of homespun linen pockets outlined with dark brown thread. They are a little bit darker tan than the pictures. The stitches are tiny on all the seams and then as decoration she used a basting stitch that also was utilitarian in fortifying the seams. The shape is the nice older form with an elongated body with more curves. The later pockets more commonly shorter and wider in width with straighter sides.
They have their or...
This unusual version of a Joseph's Coat quilt pattern has an especially "painterly" quality. Traditionally, one group of the seven colors makes up the entire quilt. This scaled down rendition may be unique.
It is from Pennsylvania; circa 1880. The red blocks are quilted with one inch squares. Quilting in the primary blocks follows the outlines of the stripes.
Measurements are 72 inches square. There is slight fading to one corner of the backing but the front is in flawless condition.
Polka dot sashing makes this LeMoyne Stars quilt especially lively and vibrant. The primary and secondary stars are made with a beautiful variety of printed fabrics. The double diamond border repeats the shape of the arms of the stars but placement makes them look completely different. The binding is made of the same polka dot fabric as the gating.
The quilt measures 75" x 85"; excellent condition; New York State origin; circa 1870.
To the best of my knowledge, this geometric indigo and white quilt is an original pattern. When deconstructed, one can see that it consists of Four Patch blocks around an Hourglass. When combined, though, one finds a completely different visual pattern.
It is quilted with straight lines and diamonds. Condition is excellent. The small stars in the indigo print are often associated with the time of the Centennial. Measurements are 76" x 78";Pennsylvania origin.
This Elongated Stars quilt is an unusual combination with the Hourglass off blocks. Both are strong patterns that work well together. It is quilted throughout with clamshell patterns. The border is an especially unusual fabric that has a Native American feel.
The quilt is made of two white fabrics. The difference one sees in color is not dirt but rather the slight variations in materials. It would probably even out with a wash but I did not feel it was totally necessary.
The quilt is from the ...
This charm quilt ( no fabric is repeated) is both a Tumbling Blocks and a Six Point Stars pattern. The fabrics are especially nice including two pieces of early chintz and a bird in the center.
It is in crisp, unwashed condition. Measurements are 64" x 71". East Petersburg (Lancaster County); Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
To say that the fabrics in this Variable Stars quilt (aka Ohio Stars) are stunning is an understatement. It is a beautiful combination of pinks and indigos that blend perfectly. The chintz border is cleverly placed to give the effect of an undulating ribbon.The backing is a plain cotton. Quilting is basic - it is all about the pattern and fabrics.
Measurements are 95" x 100". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1820's; excellent condition.
Colors are deeper and more rich than appear o...
The Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt is made with a beautiful variety of printed wool challis fabrics. The palette is unusual in that it has soft tones with a predominance of green. The backing is a beautiful brown glazed cotton. The quilt is unusually large for the time period in which it was made. It is 90" x 105", ample for a queen or king size bed.
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
This quirky quilt is an unusual version of Chinese Coins. The plaid fabric is grosgrain with the horizontal lines used to create the effect of the Chinese Coins striping. Other than the plaid, the fabrics are wool including the One Patch back. The quilt is totally reversible to the One Patch checkerboard back.
Measurements are 59" x 75". Made circa 1880.
Delicate and finely made Feathered Stars quilt with an applique border. The berries on the border repeat the printed red fabric of the stars. Deep indigo is introduced for the vine and leaves.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. It is well quilted with alternating leaves and double diamonds in the white blocks.
Measurements are 75" x 88". Made circa 1830's.
Long before the hazards of smoking became known, tobacco companies offered premiums included with the purchase of cigars and cigarettes. They were often flannel panels with the flags of different countries. The flannels were generally used in one of two ways.
The premium was given away by the tobacco company in exchange for coupons that were redeemed for gifts offered in catalogs that were distributed by the tobacco companies. Coupons were gathered and saved until the consumer had enough to sen...
Offering before restoration a pair of antique French
Aubusson tapestries decorated in an similar fashion featuring sage green borders with a design of flowers, fruit, gardening tools, a cage, and scroll work woven through the paler central section. The tapestries appear to be a wool silk blend and are backed. Dates circa 1800 and measure about 11 feet long. There are water/moisture marks about 1/8 of the way down on both tapestries. We will have these available "as is" until August 15th, a...
This delicate Rising Sun quilt is beautifully combined with four part appliques. The Suns are 6 1/2 inches in diameter, made with a fine variety of printed fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. The construction is interesting in that each Sun in placed within a diamond shaped block with one lobe of the applique in each corner.
The quilt has been professionally laundered. Upon very close examination, one can see small darned and weak areas to the red applique. They do dot detract ...
This Eye of God quilt is an unusual pattern with an even more rare Greek Key border. The maker took great pains with the construction as the entire quilt is made of 1 1/2 inch squares. To clarify - rather than strips of fabric being used for the ground and colored areas, it is made totally with small squares. It's a strong pattern done in soft, entirely solid colors. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition.
Measurements are 76" x 88". Pennsylvania origin; circa...
The richly colored Princess Feather quilt is a color choice with this pattern seen several times only in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Variations exist in the center motifs but the four block Princess Feather on a rich blue ground with red and orange is a combination found only in Lancaster. This quilt has an especially nice continuation of the appliqued feathers throughout the border.
It is well quilted with a waffle design throughout the body. There is a sliver of color loss on one edge. Th...
Un-used Lancaster County Mennonite Log Cabin quilt in rich colored medium weight wools. The quilt is in pristine condition with an unusual cotton cheater's cloth backing. Measurements s 68" x 73". Circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin. The border is a deep purple, not black as it may appear on some monitors.
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. The swag and tassel borders are great frames for the robust colors and pat...