Catalogue: Quilts: 20th Century (119)


Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1915; Pennsylvania   $1,425   

This patriotic Shields quilt is unusual in both pattern and size. It measures 58 inches square. The quilt is from Hometown, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County) and was probably made at the time of World War I. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are a few light smudges in the border that can likely be removed with washing. The background is made of several different white cotton fabrics. The border is quilted with concentric chevrons that may have been intended as Victory V's. The... Click for details      
  
Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1915; Pennsylvania
Ruby McKim Tulips Quilt: Circa 1930
  Ruby McKim Tulips Quilt: Circa 1930   $875

This dramatic Tulips quilt was created by Ruby Short McKim (1891-1976), one of America's most well known quilt designers. McKim sold her first quilt pattern in 1916 and was in her business prime throughout the 1920's and 30's. Many of McKim's floral patterns have a very Art Deco feel as does this stunning Tulips example. It is beautifully quilted and in pristine, unwashed condition. It is interesting that the white blocks repeat the tulips design but with curvilinear patterning. The... Click for details

Patriotic Tobacco Flannels Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania   $5,800  

Long before the hazards of smoking became known, tobacco companies offered premiums included with the purchase of cigars and cigarettes. They were often flannel panels with the flags of different countries. The flannels were generally used in one of two ways. The premium was given away by the tobacco company in exchange for coupons that were redeemed for gifts offered in catalogs that were distributed by the tobacco companies. Coupons were gathered and saved until the consumer had enough to... Click for details
Patriotic Tobacco Flannels Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania
Eye of God Quilt with Greek Key Border: Circa 1920; Pa.
  Eye of God Quilt with Greek Key Border: Circa 1920; Pa.   $1,875

This Eye of God quilt is an unusual pattern with an even more rare Greek Key border. The maker took great pains with the construction as the entire quilt is made of 1 1/2 inch squares. To clarify - rather than strips of fabric being used for the ground and colored areas, it is made totally with small squares. It's a strong pattern done in soft, entirely solid colors. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 76" x 88". Pennsylvania origin; circa... Click for details

Lancaster County Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt: Circa 1910   $3,650  

It is safe to say that this Lancaster County Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt is the best of its type. The colors are the rich jewel tones that are most sought after. Exactly the right amount of red is well placed to make the colors "pop". The quilting is finely done with traditional feathering in the outer border. Condition is as pristine as the day it was made more than 100 years ago. The quilt is made of fine wools on both front and back. The letter R is cross stitched on a back corner. The... Click for details
Lancaster County Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt: Circa 1910
Floral Applique Quilt: Circa 1920
  Floral Applique Quilt: Circa 1920   $735

It is difficult to say if this lovely applique quilt was meant to depict a specific flower or simply a graceful, five petal generic blossom. The color is certainly cornflower blue but I do not know whether it is meant to be that flower. Regardless, it is made of beautiful soft tones that combine well together. Buds along the edge make a terrific border. It is well appliqued and quilted. Stems are embroidered. The quilt is made of a fine cotton sateen. It is in pristine, unwashed... Click for details

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania   $735  

This is an especially nice example of one of the most popular quilt patterns of the 1930's. The "gardens" are made on a small scale with a nice variety of solid and printed fabrics. Many of the prints are from feedsacks. The sashing is the perfect solid color blue. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Scalloped edges give a graceful finish. The quilt measures 84" x 88", suitable for a double or queen size bed. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
  New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania   $2,200

This is a particularly fine example of the desirable New York Beauty pattern. The colors really seem to give off the glow of sunshine. It is well quilted with overlapping circles that are a terrific complement to the round pieced pattern. The New York Beauty pattern was named by Mountain Mist in 1930 when they published it with recommendations for this particular color combination and quilting patterns. Variations of the pattern had been known prior to 1930 but not with this name. It is in... Click for details

Pair of Floral Applique Quilts: Circa 1930   $1,075  

This is a beautiful PAIR of floral applique quilts from the 1930's. They are light, airy and graceful in design. Scalloped edges wonderfully continue the curved theme. Embroidered details add depth to the flowers.The quilts measure 74" x 84" to the outer edge of the scallops. They would fit either single or double beds. Condition is excellent; made circa 1930. Priced for the pair.
Pair of Floral Applique Quilts: Circa 1930
Nine Patch Signature Quilt: Dated 1933; Indiana
  Nine Patch Signature Quilt: Dated 1933; Indiana   $1,075

This unusual Nine Patch Signature Quilt is signed with 1000 embroidered names. Written in ink on the back it says "Made by Miss Jennie Neff's S.S.Class 1933 Howard Earl Smith from Grandma Cowher". I presume SS refers to a Sunday school class and that Howard Earl Smith was the the pastor. I am also assuming that the 1000 names are those of the parishoners as it is far too many for a single class. Why Grandma Cowher was the donor is something of a mystery. Perhaps she actually made the quilt... Click for details

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