Potholder dating to the 1870's in a Bowtie or Hourglass pattern. It measures 5 5/16 inches square. The binding is the same fabric as the center triangles. Back is a pink calico. Excellent condition.
Roll up huswif sewing case - made mostly of linen with some cotton, from the 1820's. The bag section is pieced as a Four Patch. Each of the four blocks is made of two pieces of fabric...
An early 19th c silk damask vestment with a floral and crown motif. The orphrey portion dates from the 17th century. Actually in quite good condition, with some scattered wear. 46" in length.
This is an early version of a Flying Geese quilt made with beautiful combined, richly colored printed fabrics and a glazed chintz border. It is in excellent, unwashed condition so the chintz fully retains its glaze. The border is quilted with concentric arcs and the body with diamonds.
There are several spots on the reverse but they do not show on the front.
The quilt measures 82" x 86". It is from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County); circa 1850.
This early 19th C. calico sewing roll/housewife is so nice. The calico fabric is the brown and deep dark rich red and tans with a little blue thrown in. It is in great condition.(Note the sewing roll just above the pocket at the bottom looks like it has a stain. It is not a stain but is a shadow if you look at the close ups of the gathered pocket you can see there is not stain on the fabric just above it.)
The sewing roll is 13" long and4" wide and is sewn with the tiniest of stitches...
This Tumbling Blocks/ Crazy quilt is a wonderfully complex piece. The maker very effectively divided two sides of each tumbling block into irregular, crazy style pieces. On top of all sides of the blocks, she added embroidery in a variety of colors and stitches. The entire pattern is very cohesive while being quite busy.
The quilt is made of wool with a polished cotton solid color brown backing. It is in excellent condition.
Made in Pennsylvania; circa 1890.
New York Beauty is a difficult pattern to execute which may be why I have never before seen them done as a pair. This pair is especially well pieced and quilted. The off blocks are quilted with finely stitched bouquets of flowers. At the intersections, the maker made the unusual choice of miniature Dresden Plates. The colors are very soft and pleasing.
Included with the quilts is a matching pair of square throw pillows.
One quilt measures 63" x 96" and the other is 63" x 100"...
Charming applique crib quilt in an original pattern. A central sprig of flowers is filled out with surrounding flower and bud branches. Most unusual are the flowers on the swag border. It is nicely quilted with a combination of flowers and diagonal lines. Quilting in the border repeats the appliqued swag.
The green has lightened but the red remains true. The fabrics are strong and clean. Measurements are 32" x 41". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Alphabet quilts are a rare breed. When attempted, the maker often has difficulty getting the 26 letters to be placed symmetrically but the creator of this quilt found a good solution. She created star like blocks for the top and bottom corners making it all come out even. There is a quirky element, though, in that only the letter J has a period after it. What could that represent?
This quilt is in pristine condition. It has been professionally laundered. It is from Pennsylvania; circa 1920's...
This Feathered Stars quilt is exquisitely made in every way. It is tightly pieced with small triangles to the stars as well as the triple border. Placement of the stars creates wonderful positive/negative images with the off blocks. Floral medallions are quilted in the square off blocks. The diamond shaped blocks are quilted with a variety of floral; fylfot and heart patterns.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. It is from Carroll County, Maryland; circa 1870's...
Early Mosaic Hexagons quilt with a central star. The star is made of 10 irregular pie shaped pieces. The entire rest of the quilt is made of hexagons. The background looks as though it is solid fabric but in fact, it is made of hexagons of the same material
that abut one another.
The quilt is made of a glorious combination of fabrics from the first quarter of the 19th century. Quite a few are glazed. The quilt is in excellent condition...
18.5" x 21.5" In what appears to be original frame and eglomise mat, signed by the young woman with stitched this extraordinary needlework picture, Mary Ann Earle.
This classic Nine Patch crib quilt was made with a well balanced group of fabrics. The top row of similar tones was probably made to indicate the end used for the head.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition.It was made circa 1880; York County, Pennsylvania. The backing is a Bars pattern. Measurements are 40" x 49".
This unusual Bars quilt is made of two printed fabrics. A paisley pattern is used for half of the Bars and the border. A second, very compatible print is used for the alternating Bars. Quilting throughout is with double rows of diagonal lines.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition.
Measurements are 72" x 96". New York State origin; circa 1870's.
This Cheater's Cloth quilt (aka Faux Patchwork) is a beautiful Tumbling Blocks pattern done in rich shades of brown. The back is an equally pleasing check that is often erroneously referred to as homespun but in fact, is machine made.The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 70" x 82". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
For reasons unknown, this quilt pattern is named New York Beauty, regardless of where it was made. More than most patterns, New York Beauty has been made in the extremes from the finest quilting and piecing to the most crude. It is a difficult pattern to execute.
This example falls between the extremes. It is unusual in construction in that the red segments are appliqued rather than the much more usual pieced technique...
This Double Four Patch (Four Patch within a larger Four Patch) quilt is made from a terrific selection of fabrics from the 1870's and 1880's that are in the crisp, original condition as when the quilt was made some 125 years ago. They are carefully placed to create light and dark rows going vertically and horizontally. Measurements are 70 inches square; Pennsylvania origin. This is a very sophisticated country quilt.
This homespun wool quilt is as "arty" as it is early. It is made of a combination of homespun wools that date to the first quarter of the 19th century. The combination of plaids and checks next to the solid coral and red makes a very eye catching pairing. The back is made of the same fabrics set in irregular rectangles. It has very basic quilting in a herringbone pattern. Condition is excellent with slight wear to several inches of the binding. Measurements are 66" x 82". Connecticut origin; cir...
ERA: 17TH CENTURY
SIZE: 1'1" x 2'10"
COLOR: DARK BROWN