Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (300)


Strippy Quilt with Carpenter's Wheel: Circa 1880   $1,975   

It is difficult to characterize this unique quilt. The Carpenter's Wheel center is surrounded by Flying Geese; King's Crown and Rolling Stone corner blocks. I'm not sure whether this is enough to characterize it as a strippy sampler quilt. The quilt was found in eastern Pennsylvania. It is imaginative and well made. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 68" x 76"; circa 1880.      
  
Strippy Quilt with Carpenter's Wheel: Circa 1880
Sampler Quilt: Signed and Dated 1892
  Sampler Quilt: Signed and Dated 1892   $3,250

This folky Sampler Quilt has a great combination of traditional and original blocks. Nothing could be more traditional than the center Schoolhouse done with nicely inked detail. Below it is a Bear's Paw signed "Fannie J. Gould March 24, 1892". While the top was certainly made in the 19th century, the backing is later. It seems to be from the 1950's. The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 76" x 78"; New England origin.

Elongated Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,285  

The elongated Evening Stars makes a wonderful abstracted pattern. The rectangles formed by the joining of the arms of the stars creates a white diamond surrounded by indigo triangles that can become another pattern throughout the quilt. There are many stars but at the same time it is rather light and airy. White squares are quilted with stylized flowers. Measurements are 68" x 80". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Elongated Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Floral Album Quilt: Circa 1860
  Floral Album Quilt: Circa 1860   $6,500

This wonderful floral album quilt is a combination of traditional and original appliqued blocks. Many of the original ones are done with reverse applique and look very much like the scherenschnitte paper cutouts popular with Pennsylvania Germans. Each of the four corners has a variation of a wreath pattern giving cohesion to the composition. The swag and tassel border beautifully frames the light and graceful applique blocks. Unlike many album quilts, the components of this are equal in weight... Click for details

Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt with Herringbone Border: Ca. 1880   $2,450  

This bold barn raising log cabin quilt beautifully combines patterned wool fabrics to create added interest to the eye. The use of light fabrics in the center diamond draws your eye immediately to this focal point while the many additional prints lead you throughout the entire pattern. The four triangles of color within the red frame are particularly well placed. Upon close examination, one sees that the border is actually a herringbone pattern combining solid blacks with printed fabrics.... Click for details
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt with Herringbone Border: Ca. 1880
Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,085

Classic Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt with a good use of lights and darks. Solid red and orange logs play well against the printed fabrics. Excellent condition. It is lightweight with no batting. Measurements are 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.

Stag and Hounds Folk Art Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $9,600  

This extraordinary pictorial quilt depicts images that are both fierce and friendly. On the bottom are hounds chasing stags while on the top is a tree of life surrounded by birds, one of which may be a dove. It's a shame not to be able to speak with the quiltmaker to learn more of her intent but perhaps it is a metaphor for both the danger and kindness of life. Or am I reading too much into it? The quilt is from Pennsylvania; circa 1870's. Measurements are 77" x 78". It is in very good... Click for details
Stag and Hounds Folk Art Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Chinese Coins Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Chinese Coins Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $2,450

This strippy quilt is a wonderful take off on Chinese Coins. The strips are mostly rectangular but have a lot of variety adding squares, triangles and irregular shapes. The quilt is made of a fabulous variety of fabrics from the third quarter of the 19th century. The background fabric is a small paisley print and the reverse is a print with hops. It is in unwashed, pristine condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Measurements are 68" x 84".

Joseph's Coat Variation Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $3,950  

It is safe to say that this stunning version of a Joseph's Coat quilt is an original.The diagonal stripes form a three dimensional looking herringbone pattern that I have never seen. The yellow Bars are all quilted with cable patterns. It is in unwashed condition with some minor spotting that does not detract from the graphic impact of the quilt. Measurements are 72" x 89". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Joseph's Coat Variation Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Old Italian Block Quilt: Circa 1860
  Old Italian Block Quilt: Circa 1860   $2,875

The name of this quilt pattern, Old Italian Block, is a mystery to me but it seems to be well established. This example is done with a glorious combination of stunning fabrics. All are in unwashed, pristine condition. The outer border is a highly glazed chintz. Oddly, the back is a cotton muslin. One would have expected a "dressier" choice given the front but perhaps the maker indulged all she could with the front of the quilt. It is quilted throughout with blocks of diamonds. Measurements are... Click for details

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