Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (276)


Spanish American War Patriotic Quilt: Circa 1898   $4,200   

This patriotic quilt was made to commemorate the Spanish American War that took place for 10 weeks in 1898. The main issue was Cuban independence from Spain. Revolts had been occurring for some years in Cuba against Spanish colonial rule. Spain severed diplomatic relations with the United States for its allegiance to Cuba. This nine block quilt depicts eight versions of Old Glory centered with the Cuban flag. The stars are hand appliqued with slight modifications in each flag. Several... Click for details      
  
Spanish American War Patriotic Quilt: Circa 1898
Red and Green Floral Applique Quilt: Circa 1850; Virginia
  Red and Green Floral Applique Quilt: Circa 1850; Virginia   Sold

This stunning early applique alternates two unnamed floral patterns. The use of the lighter crossed tulips next to the more complex pattern creates a wonderful balance. The vine and leaf border beautifully envelopes the interior blocks. Quilting is superb, done with wreaths and diagonal lines. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in spotless condition. Measurements are 83" x 88". Virginia origin; made circa 1850.

Feathered Stars Quilt: Maryland; Circa 1850   $2,900  

Finely pieced and quilted Feathered Stars quilt. Each white block is quilted with a different floral motif. The plaid of the stars is a most unusual material. In addition to making a wonderful frame, the double diamond border is a clever continuation of the triangle theme of the feathers. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 86" square. Maryland origin; made circa 1850.
Feathered Stars Quilt: Maryland; Circa 1850
Rocky Road to Kansas Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Rocky Road to Kansas Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $985

Four point stars are known as Rocky Road to Kansas (aka Kite). This quilt is made with a wonderful assortment of late 19th century printed fabrics. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition It is totally reversible to a Bars pattern with one of the fabrics the same as the ground material on the front and the other a red and green plaid. Measurements are 80" x 84". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.

Caesar's Crown with Applique Border:Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $3,200  

This classic Caesar's Crown quilt is embellished with a swag border with the addition of floral sprigs. There is a single tulip in each corner. It is very well quilted with a variety of stylized flowers. Measurements are 88" square, large enough for a queen or king size bed. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1860.
Caesar's Crown with Applique Border:Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Ocean Waves Quilt with Baskets Border; Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
  Ocean Waves Quilt with Baskets Border; Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $795

It is safe to say that this Ocean Waves quilt with a Baskets border is an original and clever combination of patterns. Not only does the border form a wonderful frame, but in addition it creates a zigzag pattern around the body of the quilt. The quilt is from Chester County, Pennsylvania; circa 1890. What it may lack in fine craftsmanship it more than makes up for in graphic appeal. Measurements are 66" x 78".

Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $925  

This is a very striking example of a classic Barnraising Log Cabin quilt. The fabrics are prints with the exception of the red centers that really "pop" against the calico. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. The back is a pieced Bars pattern to which the quilt is totally reversible. It is red and pink, as is the front, but with different materials. The quilt is from Egypt, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County); made circa 1880. Measurements are 72" square.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Lancaster County Sampler Quilt: Circa 1880
  Lancaster County Sampler Quilt: Circa 1880   Sold

This particular style of Sampler quilt on a diagonal is most often seen in Lancaster County done on a colored ground. The blocks alternate between between traditional and imaginative. Many are done with the finest of detail. It is interesting that about 2/3, but not all, of the blocks are outlined in pink calico. The block made up of diamonds has the inked name Lizzie Frelich stamped on one of the blocks. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is a tiny bit of fraying on part of... Click for details

Crown of Thorns Quilt: Circa 1880; Kentucky   $3,200  

This pattern goes by both the name Crown of Thorns and New York Beauty. It is a difficult pattern to execute with its many curves and points. The deep blue and brown color combination speak to its Southern origin. The quilt was made in Kentucky; circa 1880. As is often seen in Southern bedcovers, the quilting is done in both light and dark threads. Quilting patterns in the small quarter circles follow the arcs and are done with straight lines in the larger white areas. Condition is excellent.... Click for details
Crown of Thorns Quilt: Circa 1880; Kentucky
Bowmansville, Pennsylvania Postage Stamp Quilt: Circa 1880
  Bowmansville, Pennsylvania Postage Stamp Quilt: Circa 1880   $3,200

There is a Postage Stamp quilt pattern characteristic of the hamlet of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. Many variations are known but essentially they share in common a central frame around which One Patches fill the surrounding area. This example has two outstanding features. One is the square in the center. Other examples with which I am familiar continue the One Patch theme to the center of the quilt. The second possibly unique feature of this quilt is the zigzag or streak of... Click for details

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