Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (320)


French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt   $1,800   

Classical French Provencal quilt that is totally reversible. The solid red side highlights the beautiful quilting consisting of alternating rows of cables and floral medallions. The reverse side features beautiful printed paisley fabric. The quilt measures 78" x 88", larger and more practical for a bed that these quilts usually are. Made circa 1870; pristine condition.      
  
French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt
Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $9,700

Never before have I seen an album quilt in which the flowers and berries are done entirely with stuffed applique. Usually, at most, there is a smattering of three dimensional applique but in this unusual album, it is all done with padding making for a very robust pattern. The quilt is in excellent condition. It is all solid color fabrics. Use of the same berry or grape blocks in all four corners gives just the right amount of symmetry. All of the other blocks are either baskets or... Click for details

Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire   $1,085  

The small scale of these Variable Stars could not be more appealing. They are made of a nice mixture of primarily brown and green prints. The stars are contained with a wonderful zigzag border. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Pinned to the quilt is a label saying "Made by Susan L. Mathews about 1888 Property of Julia Gorham Crane". This may refer to Susan Blodgett Mathews (1838-1907) in Columbia; Coos County, New Hampshire as I was told the quilt was from New Hampshire or Vermont... Click for details
Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire
Sunflower Quilt: Circa 1850
  Sunflower Quilt: Circa 1850   $1,685

This early Sunflower quilt is made of a stunning variety of mid 19th century printed fabrics, many of which are quite unusual. The solid red background in which each block is set highlights them perfectly. There is a heart quilted in the four corners of each of the red blocks. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 84". Made circa 1850.

Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1860   $1,685  

This is a finely made version of the Wandering Foot quilt pattern both in terms of piecing and quilting. The red and green diamonds are especially small. The group around the central block are nicely placed to create an additional circular design. Quilting patterns are wreaths with pinwheel centers. The quilt is in pristine condition. Measurements are 74" x 88". Made circa 1860.
Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1860
Irish Chain Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Irish Chain Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $650

While Irish Chain is a very popular pattern, rarely does one find it on a brown ground. This is the rich color of milk chocolate. It is a solid color with printed yellow and rust or terra cotta color. The brown blocks are quilted with floral medallions. Measurements are 80 inches square; condition is excellent. Made circa 1880; Adams County, Pennsylvania origin.

Variable Stars Signed Friendship Quilt: Circa 1840; New Jersey   $950  

Each of the blocks of this Variable Stars quilt is stamped with an inked signature. The quilt is a wonderful library of printed red fabrics from the 1830's and 40's. It is lightly quilted with a cable-like pattern. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is one lightly smudged area but not not sufficiently distracting to necessitate a wash for most people who would appreciate the history of this quilt. The quilt is from New Jersey; circa 1840. The most frequently seen surnames on... Click for details
Variable Stars Signed Friendship Quilt: Circa 1840; New Jersey
Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880
  Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880   $1,085

The unique centers make this well crafted Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) quilt an especially fine example. The center of each light block is a square, outlined in red, that is appliqued to the quilt. The entire quilt is made of a terrific group of light and dark printed fabrics that are consistently placed to create the whirling motion one associates with this Windmill pattern. Half blocks are used on all four sides to create a nice frame. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed... Click for details

Birds in the Air Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,085  

This Birds in the Air quilt virtually screams of its Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. The yellow background is a color most often associated with that area. The quilt is in excellent condition with the exception of brown spots in four triangles clustered in one area.They are visible in the first thumbnail photo. Sewn to the back is a label saying that the maker was Dillie Houser Miller from Lebanon County. She was most likely Adeline Houser Miller (1850-1918), from Schaefferstown. The... Click for details
Birds in the Air Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Joseph's Coat Variation Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Joseph's Coat Variation Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,435

This unusual version of a Joseph's Coat quilt pattern has an especially "painterly" quality. Traditionally, one group of the seven colors makes up the entire quilt. This scaled down rendition may be unique. It is from Pennsylvania; circa 1880. The red blocks are quilted with one inch squares. Quilting in the primary blocks follows the outlines of the stripes. Measurements are 72 inches square. There is slight fading to one corner of the backing but the front is in flawless condition.

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