Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (296)


Evening Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,450   

This Evening Stars Quilt is a lovely variation of a traditional pattern. Placing one star within another and placing the red stars abutting one another creates a variety of optical illusions and additional patterns. The quilt is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; circa 1880. It is finely quilted with several different floral patterns in the white blocks, a nice counterpoint to the geometric stars. It has been professionally laundered. There is very slight fading along part of one green edge but... Click for details      
  
Evening Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Sixteen Patch Wool Quilt: Circa 1890; Pa.
  Sixteen Patch Wool Quilt: Circa 1890; Pa.   $695

This basic Sixteen Patch quilt has an unusual vibrancy because of the flame red used next to a variety of brown and black fabrics. The red binding frames it well. All of the materials are fairly heavy wool. There are a few area of slight discoloration to the browns but they are dark marks on dark fabric so they are barely visible. Measurements are 61" x 65". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.

LeMoyne Stars with Tulips Quilt: Circa 1830; Pa.   $6,500  

This is an early and unusual quilt combining LeMoyne Stars and Tulip patterns. It is made with a wonderful array of early 19th century fabrics. The tan sashing was the perfect color choice to blend with the blues; browns and pinks of the quilt. Written in one of the pink tulip blocks is the inked signature of C.E. Cronkite who may have been the maker. Opposing top and bottom corners are variations of the primary stars. Measurements are 75" x 88". A tag sewn to the back indicates it was... Click for details
LeMoyne Stars with Tulips Quilt: Circa 1830; Pa.
Princess Feather Variation Quilt: Circa 1870
  Princess Feather Variation Quilt: Circa 1870   $3,200

This is a bold variation of a traditional Princess Feather Quilt. The center and ends of the feathers are especially unusual. It is well quilted with feather and cross hatch patterns. Measurements are 81" square. It is in excellent, unwashed condition.

Center Medallion Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $8,500  

There seems to be no end to the creativity shown by 19th century quiltmakers. This original example is centered with a basket of flowers surrounded by additional pots with birds and a variety of flowers. Some of the flowers are three dimensional made by the technique of ruching. The exuberant center is contained by a diamond inner border and finally by Nine Patch Checkerboard blocks. The maker was bold in her choice of fabrics as well as the appliqued designs. The quilt is from Chester County,... Click for details
Center Medallion Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Cotton Crazy Crib Quilt with Embroidered message:1885
  Cotton Crazy Crib Quilt with Embroidered message:1885   $3,200

Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message: Your childhood years, they will soon be over And your school days, then all will be... May health, wealth and happiness be your lot As long as your life shall last. Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet And decked it with colors all bright And when you are warmly tucked into your bed Then think of your Grandma - Good night. Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 June 11th, 1885 Westford, Mass. Detail photos... Click for details

Texas Puzzle Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,275  

This Texas Puzzle quilt is made from a variety of exquisite printed wool challis fabrics. The back consists of seven alternating narrow and wide Bars of equally beautiful challis prints, making the quilt totally reversible. It is very light in weight; excellent condition. Made circa 1870; Berks County, Pennsylvania. Measurements are 76" x 80".
Texas Puzzle Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Triangles Quilt with Printed Panel: Ca. 1870; Mass.
  Triangles Quilt with Printed Panel: Ca. 1870; Mass.   $1,085

Thousand Pyramids Quilt with a most unusual center of a printed panel depicting an elegant equestrienne with her hound. It is unusual for a highly pieced quilt to have a central panel. In this case, the elegance of the subject compared with the "country" aspect of the quilt makes for an even more unlikely, though successful, pairing. It is knotted, not quilted. Very good condition. Measures 65" x 87". From the Chadwick Family of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Birds in the Air Quilt: Circa 1880   $4,600  

This extraordinary Birds in the Air Quilt has the tiniest pieces imaginable. Each triangle is 5/8" to a side. Written on the back is 25,000 for the number of pieces in the quilt. It is in excellent condition and measures 66" x 82".
Birds in the Air Quilt: Circa 1880
Wild Goose Chase Quilt: Circa 1870; New Jersey
  Wild Goose Chase Quilt: Circa 1870; New Jersey   $1,475

This Wild Goose Chase Quilt has a wonderful variety of fabrics, including glazed chintz from the mid 19th century. The generous size of 91" x 98 " would make it an excellent bedcover for a queen or king size bed. It was made in New Jersey; circa 1870. Excellent, unwashed condition.

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