Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (313)


Wagon Wheels Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $1,800   

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... Click for details      
  
Wagon Wheels Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Caesar's Crown Quilt: Circa 1850; Maryland
  Caesar's Crown Quilt: Circa 1850; Maryland   $2,850

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... Click for details

Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $2,675  

This beautiful Sawtooth quilt also goes by the name of Birds in the Air. A large triangle is surrounded by smaller ones in a well combined group of three printed fabrics. The light yellow contrasting with the stronger red gives the fluttering appearance of birds in flight. The quilt is in outstanding, unwashed condition. The white triangles are quilted with half wreaths and leaves. It is very finely pieced with a tiny binding of the back turned over to the front. Measurements are 90" x 92".... Click for details
Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Chimney Sweep Quilt: Circa 1850; New York
  Chimney Sweep Quilt: Circa 1850; New York   $1,450

This Chimney Sweep quilt is a friendship quilt in which the center of each block is signed. More unusual is that it is also a charm quilt in that none of the fabrics are repeated. Perhaps each signer was asked to provide his or her own fabric. They are all beautiful, mid 19th century prints. The quilt is in excellent condition. It measures 76" x 88". Names on the quilt include: Temperance M Gordon; Lydia Gordon; Platt Wickes; Joel Wickes; Cramer Reeve;Dorothy Moore; John Moore; Eliza Miller;... Click for details

Embroidered Patriotic Eagle Summer Spread: Dated 1845; New England   Sold  

This embroidered summer spread is an American rarity. It is centered with an eagle from whose mouth is a flowing banner with the words E pluribus unum. Above the eagle is the name Mrs. M.T. Branch. Below the eagle is the date 1845 and Hopkinton. There is a town of Hopkinton in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Graceful pots and branches of flowers surround the eagle. The spread has cut corners for a four poster bed, a feature often found in New England bedcovers. It measures 84 inches... Click for details
Embroidered Patriotic Eagle Summer Spread: Dated 1845; New England
Leaves Quilt with Stuffed Berries: Circa 1890
  Leaves Quilt with Stuffed Berries: Circa 1890   $1,585

One might argue as to what type of leaf this quilt is meant to depict. Two possibilities are sweet gum and marijuana. In any case, the quilt forms a wonderful abstract pattern that includes small stuffed appliqued berries. It is is an unusual combination of fine and funky. The quilt is stitched with concentric arcs. The combination of quilting pattern and very slight thickness to the batting lead me to believe it is of Southern origin. It was probably made in the late 19th century. The green... Click for details

French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt   $1,800  

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.
French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt
Center Medallion Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870
  Center Medallion Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870   Sold

This Center Medallion Log Cabin Quilt is surely one of a kind. The center Log is surrounded by rows of diamonds and triangles with lush 1870's fabrics. Diagonal placement of the diamonds in the corners makes the pattern especially dynamic. Sewn to the back of the quilt is a note that reads "If anything happens to me this quilt made by great grandmother Bell goes to Milton". It appears that a name faintly written above it is Bessie Sullers. Measurements are 74" x 82; pristine, unwashed... Click for details

Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $9,700  

Never before have I seen an album quilt done entirely with stuffed applique.
Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire
  Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire   $1,085

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... Click for details

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