Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (309)


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.      
  
Sampler Quilt: Signed and Dated 1892
Elongated Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  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.

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
Floral Album Quilt: Circa 1860
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt with Herringbone Border: Ca. 1880
  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

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.
Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Stag and Hounds Folk Art Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  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

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".
Chinese Coins 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

Grapes Applique Quilt with Swag and Tassel Border   $2,850  

This applique quilt is light, airy and graceful. The body is quilted with a crosshatch pattern with half wreaths along the border and full wreaths in the corners. The leaves look like grape leaves which is why I think the circles are not berries but that is open to interpretation. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. Measurements are 78" x 80".
Grapes Applique Quilt with Swag and Tassel Border
One Patch Diamond in Square Quilt: Circa 1880; Pa.
  One Patch Diamond in Square Quilt: Circa 1880; Pa.   $1,975

This Diamond in a Square quilt is created with the use of One Patch blocks. It is an unusual variation from Bowmansville, a small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania known for its Star pattern quilts made in this manner. The light and dark calico fabrics are very well planned to make this complex pattern. Solid color pinks in the light areas are especially effective in spreading the eye around. Measurements are 76" x 78". Cable quilting in outer red border. There is a very, very faint area of fade... Click for details

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