Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (309)


Mennonite Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $5,200   

This Mennonite Windmill Blades Log Cabin quilt (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) is one of the finest I have had the pleasure to own. It is made of wool challis with deep, rich colors and five borders that repeat fabrics within the quilt. The logs are a mere 1/4" in width. Corner blocks of diagonal stripes are the ultimate finishing point. Measurements are 72" x 83". Annville, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870. Excellent condition.      
  
Mennonite Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Light and Dark Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Light and Dark Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,675

This Light and Dark wool challis Log Cabin quilt is done with unusually light tones. A note pinned to the quilt explains that the fabrics were from two dresses of the maker, Louisa Dreibelbis. One can only assume they were among her favorites. While the front of the quilt is entirely of fine wools, the backing is made of cotton pieced in a Bars pattern. The quilt is in excellent condition. There is a very small darned area in one corner where it may have gotten caught on something. Measurements... Click for details

Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,425  

This classic Barnraising Log Cabin quilt is done with an unusual color palette. Solid and printed oranges and browns are beautifully combined. The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 82" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Thousand Pyramids Quilt: Circa 1865; Maryland
  Thousand Pyramids Quilt: Circa 1865; Maryland   $3,850

This Thousand Pyramids is quilt perfection. It is finely pieced with a glorious array of mid 19th century fabrics. The double triangle appliqued border surrounds an undulating quilted vine. It is interesting that the border is machine appliqued. Rather than being done to save time, machine quilting in the late 1860's was often done to show off that one had a newfangled sewing machine. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 92" x 94". Maryland origin; circa 1860's.

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.

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