Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (320)


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

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

Calico Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $695  

What may initially appear to be a basic Log Cabin quilt actually has two unusual features. The centers are chocolate brown which is a variation from the far more usual red centers. Second is the border fabric of vining leaves. It has a shading going from white to tones of gray that is most unusual for a nineteenth century quilt but is contemporaneous with the rest of the piece. The quilt is in excellent condition; measurements are 72" x 74". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's. The backing is a... Click for details
Calico Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Mennonite Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
  Mennonite Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $2,200

This Mennonite Touching Stars quilt clearly reflects the Victorian era in which it was made. The stars are made of totally irregular pieces similar to those used in Victorian Crazy quilts. It is all wool with a nice variety of embroidered stitching throughout the stars and the Four Patches between them. It is in excellent condition; measurements are 78" x 82". The backing is a Bars pattern made of red and blue homespun type checked fabrics making it reversible to a totally different kind of... Click for details

Pair of Streak of Lightning Pillow Cases: Ca. 1830; Pa.   $935  

This is one of the finest and earliest pairs of pillow cases I have had the pleasure to own. They Streak of Lightning is a pattern rarely seen in pillow cases. They are in excellent condition with beautiful fabrics and hand crocheted lace on the edges. Measurements are 17 1/2" x 31" including edging. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1830's.
Pair of Streak of Lightning Pillow Cases: Ca. 1830; Pa.
Caesar's Crown Quilt with Mariner's Compass: Ca. 1850
  Caesar's Crown Quilt with Mariner's Compass: Ca. 1850   $3,875

The combination of Caesar's Crown with Mariner's Compass patterns and their placement are brilliant. The central and corner block compasses draw the eye throughout the piece. The floral chintz border and pink sashing soften the geometry of the pieced patterns. Professionally laundered and in excellent condition. There is very slight toning to the back that does not show on the front. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850. Measurements are 96" square.

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