Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (304)


Nine Patch Quilt with Zigzag: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $835   

It is difficult to imagine that a quilt as fresh and crisp in condition as this Nine Patch is more than 125 years old. It was obviously packed away and never saw the light of day. Beautiful fabrics; wonderful zigzag border makes a great frame. Quilting in off blocks done in the same nine patch design as the primary pattern. Border quilted with diagonal lines. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 76" x 90".      
  
Nine Patch Quilt with Zigzag: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Dove in the Window Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
  Dove in the Window Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $1,650

This unusual quilt is closest to the Dove in the Window or Goose Tracks patterns. Well made with a terrific, whimsical swag border. The soft blue calico background beautifully sets off the pink and green. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Measures 82" x 88"; circa 1860. Pennsylvania origin.

Lone Star Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $2,400  

Dramatic Lone Star quilt (aka Star of Bethlehem) with the most unusual of background fabrics. It's a print I've never seen before that has the profile of a woman. It may be earlier than the calicoes of the star. Unwashed condition. Some oxidation to the solid orange fabric. Measures 100" square, unusually large for the 1870's when it was made. Pennsylvania origin.
Lone Star Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Baskets Quilt: Circa 1900; Pennsylvania
  Baskets Quilt: Circa 1900; Pennsylvania   $1,075

Exuberant Baskets pattern quilt in the color combination so popular in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Well planned use of color; carrying through the border color to the top of the baskets gives each one a light feel. Diagonal grid with red blocks also adds unification as well as punchiness. Excellent condition. Measures 82" square; circa 1900.

Hourglass Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,775  

Once again, it's stunning to realize that such a contemporary looking pattern and color combination can be more than 125 years old. This Hourglass (aka Bowtie) pattern quilt is made entirely with two beautiful printed fabrics. The tan background material is probably 10 years older (circa 1860) than the pink (circa 1870). Incredibly crisp, unwashed condition. Measures 84" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin.
Hourglass Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Double Hexagons Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
  Double Hexagons Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $2,200

Early and compex quilt pattern of Hexagons within Hexagons. Forms a secondary pattern of Six Point Stars around the basic hexagonal block. Beautiful fabrics; heart quilted within each small triangle. Chevrons quilted in large light triangles and cables in the red banding. Difficult to see because of the heavily patterned fabrics but well done. Excellent condition. Measures 85" x 94"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1860.

Baskets Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $1,985  

Diagonal placement of the small size Baskets gives this quilt particular interest. Equally enhancing is the forest green background that is quilted in white. Nice variety of 1880's fabrics. Unwashed condition; well crafted. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 79" square.
Baskets Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Wool Challis One Patch Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Wool Challis One Patch Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,975

The simple One Patch pattern is made extraordinarily rich and sparkly by the use of a multitude of glorious fabrics of the 1860's and 70's. All are fine wool challis. Lightweight; quilted but no batting. Each block measures 1 1/2" square. Tremendous use of lights and darks; printed and solid fabrics. Back is somewhat fragile and has had several mends; front is in excellent condition. Measures 85" square; Pennsylvania origin.

Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1860   $4,200  

Mariner's Compass is one of the most difficult patterns to execute. This example is particularly finely done. Unwashed condition shows several light smudges that could be removed with laundering but in my opinion, not worth losing that never washed feel. Has one old appliqued, inconspicuous mend visible in thumbnail photo. Beautifully quilted. Measures 88" square; circa 1860.
Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1860
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
  Philadelphia Pavement Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $895

Unwashed, mint condition Philadelphia Pavement quilt. Border print is beautiful shade of cadet blue, not often seen in quilts of this era. In fact, the entire palette of this quilt is out of the ordinary. Wonderful contrast of dark calico prints with yellow highlights and pink striped centers. Each block measures 1 3/4" square. Pennsylvania origin: circa 1890. Measures 70" x 76".

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