Catalogue: Quilts: 19th Century (320)


Swirling Pinwheels Quilt: Circa 1880   $2,975   

This is one of the most dramatic examples of a Swirling Pinwheel (aka Rising Sun or Wheel of Life) quilt that I have seen. The use of solid red and green punctuated by orange centers gives it real drama. The rows of diamonds around the Pinwheels add to the pulsating quality. LeMoyne Stars are another fine element. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are some slight irregularities in the green which is probably a home dyed fabric and somewhat fugitive. It is quilted with... Click for details      
  
Swirling Pinwheels Quilt: Circa 1880
Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1870' Pennsylvania
  Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1870' Pennsylvania   $1,400

After much searching, I have not found a comparable pattern to this. It is closest to those known as Wandering Foot; Burr and Thistle or The Swallow. Unlike them, this quilt has a square center while the others have centers with a curved or concave square. Regardless of the name, this quilt is well made. It is quilted with diamond patterns. Placing the blocks so that the tails abut one another creates an unexpected secondary pattern. The border is a luscious print that combines well with the... Click for details

Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870's; Pennsylvania   $2,450  

This is an absolutely stunning Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log Cabin quilt done in wool challis with a cotton backing. The solid red centers are great focal points for the whirling log cabin blocks. The use of printed fabrics alternating with the solid brown and black also add impact. The unusual border is made of triangles created from strips similar to those in the body of the quilt. It is in immaculate condition. Measurements are 80" x 94"; York County, Pennsylvania origin.
Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870's; Pennsylvania
Whirlwind Quilt: Circa 1830's
  Whirlwind Quilt: Circa 1830's   $1,875

This unusual Swirling Pinwheels (aka Whirlwind) quilt is exquisitely stitched. The quilting patterns create wreaths around the Pinwheels. They join to form concentric diamonds between the wheels. The addition of the pieced Sawtooth inner border adds to the dramatic movement of the quilt.The Pinwheels are all made of the same printed fabric with two different ones used for the inner and outer borders. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are... Click for details

Double X Quilt: Pennsylvania; Circa 1870's   $1,185  

This Double X quilt pattern is also known as Old Maid's Puzzle. The example offered is done in a deep indigo calico with a print of tiny double dots. The unusual deep chevron border is of the same material. It is very well quilted with feathered wreaths in each of the off blocks. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 75" x 83". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Double X Quilt: Pennsylvania; Circa 1870's
Glazed Chintz Wholecloth Quilt: Circa 1840;Mass.
  Glazed Chintz Wholecloth Quilt: Circa 1840;Mass.   $2,975

This glazed chintz Wholecloth quilt is as crisp as the day it was made some 160 years ago. It was certainly packed away and did not see the light of day. The printed fabric consists of rows of floral bouquets. It is probably English. It is unusual that such an elegant front has a very plain cotton backing. It is quilted with chevron patterns throughout. The quilt measures 96" x 98". It is from the Plumer Humphreys Barton family, one of the first settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts. Made circa... Click for details

LeMoyne Stars Quilt: Circa 1870;New York   $1,975  

The tiny scale of these LeMoyne Stars could not make them any more precious. Each star is 2 3/4" in diameter. They are made with a fabric of crescent moons. The corner blocks have stars with the same fabric. The five strip borders have a different geometric print. Condition is excellent. The quilt measures 70" x 80". New York State origin; circa 1870's.
LeMoyne Stars Quilt: Circa 1870;New York
Rising Suns Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Rising Suns Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $4,850

Some would call this pattern Mariner's Compass. I prefer Rising Suns, particularly with the warm orange centers. Never before have I seen an example so tiny and finely crafted. Each ray is but a tiny sliver. The combination of the Suns with budding flowers appears to be an original combination. Setting it on an indigo ground makes it especially striking and unusual. It is quilted with three geometric patterns. The indigo half blocks are done with a chevron pattern; straight lines on the whole... Click for details

LeMoyne Stars in Garden Maze Quilt: Circa 1870;New York   $1,275  

Multicolor LeMoyne Stars are set within a printed pink fabric creating a Garden Maze pattern. It is well quilted and in excellent condition. Overlapping circles are quilted in the border and diamonds in the body of the quilt. Measurements are 72" x 84". It is from upstate New York and comes with extensive family information. It is from the same family as the Baskets quilt listed as item # 1387800.
LeMoyne Stars in Garden Maze Quilt: Circa 1870;New York
Baskets Quilt; Circa 1880; New York State
  Baskets Quilt; Circa 1880; New York State   $725

Two features make this Baskets quilt especially lively. The body of each container is made of triangles. The diagonal grid echoes their direction, giving lots of movement to the composition. The use of half baskets makes an excellent border. The corner blocks look like an Hourglass pattern but in actuality, they are the same piecing used for the base of the Baskets. Taken out of context, they look quite different. The quilt has two inked signatures on the back. One is illegible but the other... Click for details

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