Catalogue: Quilts: 20th Century (116)


New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1920; Kentucky   $825   

New York Beauty is always a dynamic quilt pattern and this is no exception. The bold red dominates while the soft green and orange are good back ups. The green has faded from a darker version but still holds its own. This is a difficult pattern to execute and the maker did a fine job creating needlelike points on the numerous triangles. The quilt is from Kentucky where for some unknown reason, many New York Beauties originated. Measurements are 65" x 84"; made circa 1920; excellent condition.      
  
New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1920; Kentucky
Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1915; Pennsylvania
  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

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
Ruby McKim Tulips Quilt: Circa 1930
Patriotic Tobacco Flannels Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania
  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

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
Eye of God Quilt with Greek Key Border: Circa 1920; Pa.
Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
  Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania   Sold

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.

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
New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
Pair of Floral Applique Quilts: Circa 1930
  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.

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
Nine Patch Signature Quilt: Dated 1933; Indiana
Floral Bouquet Quilt: Circa 1930; Illinois
  Floral Bouquet Quilt: Circa 1930; Illinois   $675

This floral bouquet quilt has the pixilated look often seen in the designs of quilt designer, Anne Orr (1875- 1946). Orr was the needlework editor of Good Housekeeping magazine for 20 years, beginning in 1921. In the late 20's, she added traditional quilt patterns to her offerings and by the 1930's, she began designing her own patterns as well. Orr patterns are usually solid colors and use geometric pieces to create floral designs. This quilt measures 74" x 80". The green in the central frame... Click for details

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