Striking Light and Dark Diamonds quilt with a beautiful use of fabrics and rich color. In addition to the outlines of the diamonds, the inside creates an Hourglass pattern. The two unusual fabrics on the border are a great enclosure for the diamonds. The quilt is especially well pieced.
It is as fresh and crisp as the day it was made some 140 plus years ago. Measurements are 76 inches square. Hershey, Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880.
Antique Baluch Kilim Saddle Bag Back, Northeastern Persia. An all wool flat weave back for a double saddle bag without the front bag faces. All natural dyes in colours of rust orange, madder red, white, brown and dark blue in stripes some having supplementary weft woven designs. Braid loop tops formerly the closure for the bag faces.
Condition: Minor fraying, ends finished, otherwise fine.
Measuring Overall: 46 in. long, 21-1/2 in. wide at the narrowest and 25 in. wide at the widest.
Nineteenth century stencilled quilts are true rarities. To find one made in the early 20th century is virtually unheard of.This amazing example is even more unusual for the fact that it is also an album quilt.
It was made in Pennsylvania; circa 1920 during the Colonial Revival period. The soft tones reflect the popularity of light, pastel colors in decorating schemes of the era...
New York Beauty is always a dynamic quilt pattern and this is no exception. The bold red dominates while the soft green and orange are good back ups. The green has faded from a darker version but still holds its own.
This is a difficult pattern to execute and the maker did a fine job creating needlelike points on the numerous triangles.
The quilt is from Kentucky where for some unknown reason, many New York Beauties originated.
Measurements are 65" x 84"; made circa 1920; excellent condition.
Antique Silk Tabriz Prayer Rug, Northwest Persia. A high quality pictorial and directional design. This rug is a unique interpretation of the traditional symmetrical columnar niche format depicting a waq-waq tree, a Persian oracular tree whose branches bear fruit with the heads of men and mythical animals. The rug is intricately complete with a variety of flora, creatures, humans, camels, birds, fish and dragons all on a copper colored field and a dark blue sky...
This LeMoyne Stars quilt is made with a glorious combination of richly colored printed materials. The border consists of two different glazed chintz fabrics with flowers; fruit and birds. The Stars are milk and dark brown chocolate colors with one lone indigo corner block.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Several of the fabrics in addition to the border are glazed.
It is quilted with straight lines and outlines around the Stars. The backing is a plain white cotton...
It's not often that one sees a Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star) quilt in a crib size. This fine example is done with perfectly Pennsylvania colors. Four different calico prints are well combined with a fifth one for the backing.
The blue corner blocks are nicely quilted with small diamonds and a cable pattern in the border. Measurements are 40 inches square. It is in excellent condition with a pea size smudge in the outer border...
To the best of my knowledge, this quilt pattern of crossed leaves is an original design. Barbara Brackman illustrated a similar one in her Encyclopedia of Applique (item 23.7) that was seen on an album quilt dated 1846 but I do not know of others.
This quilt is made with exquisite workmanship. All of the applique, including the border are stuffed. While it looks like both are solid colors, on close examination one sees a tiny print in the teal fabric...
This red and green Touching Lemoyne Stars quilt is the perfect decor for the holidays. The red is a solid color and green is calico. The quilt would fit well on a queen size bed or make a striking wall hanging. It is quilted with concentric arcs. Measurement are 88" x 90"; condition is excellent. Made circa 1880.
An Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug, Russian Empire (1721-1917). A fine wool pile in Turkish knot tightly woven on an all wool base. A geometric design consisting of three large Shulavar medallions with the inward pointing arrowheads in blue, green, yellow, white and black on a red field containing multi-coloured octagrams, framed by three borders, octagons on a blue background, Bordjalou pattern on a white ground and finally a Lambalo meandering floral on a red ground. Label on backside...
Finely pieced Feathered Stars quilt done entirely in a mid 19th century printed dress fabric that "reads" as marigold. It has a wonderful sunshiny glow to the color. It is well quilted with half inch squares throughout.
Measurements are 78" x 80". The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. New York State origin; circa 1860.
This Maple Leaf quilt (or is it a Peony?) is beautifully made and has an exceptional botanical border. The appliques on the border depict a variety of flowers and fruits that are stuffed and/or ruched.
Never before have I seen one done this way. The sawtooth border is a good continuation of the geometry of the Maple Leaves. It is quilted with double squares on point.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition...
Striking Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in fine wool challis with an elegant glazed cotton backing. The quilt is made with beautifully combined jewel toned printed and solid fabrics. The centers are unusual in that they are Four Patches rather than the usual single block. The binding is a narrow red wool tape.
Measurements are 84" x 85". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
This patriotic Shields quilt is unusual in both pattern and size...
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. There are a few smudges that are fairly inconspicuous due to the h...
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. There are several light water marks on the back ...
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. There is one tiny smudge about the size of a pea that seems to be from the pencil marks outlining the quilting.
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. That said, to my...
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. It's made with a nice sele...
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. All of the other blocks are either baskets or cornucopias.
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 may refer to Susan Blodgett Mathews (1838-1907) in Columbia; Coos County, New Hampshire as I was told the quilt was from New Hampshire or Vermont...
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. The entire quilt is made of a terrific group of light and dark printed fabrics that are consistently placed to create the whirling motion one associates with this Windmill pattern. Half blocks are used on all four sides to create a nice frame.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition...
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...
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. Stitching in the red blocks echoes the appliqued...
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.
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. Condition: some traces of...
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 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.
This painted pot of flowers was probably intended as a decorative table mat. It measures 9 1/4" long x 8 5/8" wide and is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is 11 1/4" x 12". It is signed on the bottom Irena Foater who was probably the proud maker but might also have been the recipient.
There is a small right angle tear in the central flower that shows in the thumbnail. There are no other condition issues. Based largely upon the plaid fabric used for the binding, I date this to about 18...
This touching Stars quilt has the most unusual addition of appliqued flowers giving a nice "pop" to the already bold pattern. The solid red used for the deep triangle border is another element that adds drama. It is well quilted with small clamshell patterns. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 84 inches square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
This Whig Rose Quilt is well quilted and appliqued. It has nine buds emanating from each three layer central flower. The white blocks are nicely stitched with an unusual coiled wreath in the center and hearts; stars and flowers around it. The triple swag border is an elegant frame and has a nice continuation of the yellow centers of the appliqued blocks. There is a small area of faint discoloration visible only in certain lights.
The quilt measures 82" x 100", suitable for either a queen or kin...
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. It is quilted with diamond...