Catalogue: Quilts: 20th Century (126)

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

Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1890   $1,875  

This Mariner's Compass quilt is exquisitely pieced and quilted. The points of the compasses are as sharp as one would hope. The body of the quilt is elaborately stitched with swirling feather patterns throughout. The border is quilted with diagonal lines. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 71" x 102". Probably made circa 1890 but possibly as late as 1910. The solid color fabrics are more difficult to date than prints.
Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1890
Double Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1920; Indiana
  Double Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1920; Indiana   $2,400

This charming Double Nine Patch quilt has smaller than postage stamp pieces. Each block measures a mere half an inch in diameter. It is made entirely of solid color fabrics. Consistent use of red centers enhances the diagonal chain effect.The ten borders repeat the colors used throughout the quilt. The white blocks are quilted with patterns of feathered flowers. Measurements are 75" x 87". Indiana origin; circa 1920.

Schoolhouse Quilt: Circa 1900   $1,975  

The Schoolhouse is one of America's favorite quilt patterns. This fine example is well designed with houses at right angles framing the primary group. It's interesting that the bottom row can be seen as either part of the vertical grouping or a continuation of the houses creating the frame. The quilt is in pristine condition. It is stitched with straight lines in the body and zigzags in the border. Measurements are 67" x 74". Made circa 1900; probably Ohio origin.
Schoolhouse Quilt: Circa 1900
Original Pattern Octagons Quilt: Circa 1900; Pennsylvania
  Original Pattern Octagons Quilt: Circa 1900; Pennsylvania   $625

I have searched for a name for this unusual Octagons quilt. The closest I have found are the obscure patterns named Carrie's Choice or Midget Necktie. The difference between these patterns and the one offered here is that this one does not have true Bowties surrounding the center. I believe it is an original pattern. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It dates to about 1900; Pennsylvania origin. Measurements are 73" x 86". It is nicely quilted including 7 point stars in the blue... Click for details

Pots of Flowers Quilt: Circa 1920   $2,200  

This Pots of Flowers Quilt is unusual in that it is simultaneously fanciful and elegant. The blossoms are far larger than their container giving this otherwise elegant quilt a touch of whimsey. The entire quilt is done in cotton sateen making it "dressier" than many. The applique and reverse applique are elaborately done. Measurements are 84 inches square. Unwashed, excellent condition. Made circa 1920.
Pots of Flowers Quilt: Circa 1920
Baskets Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio
  Baskets Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio   $785

This Baskets quilt is actually pieced as many traditional baskets are but the placement of color makes it an unusual variation. The body of the Basket looks like a Flying Geese pattern because the white triangles are on the outside and it doesn't have the blue to give the appearance of an outline. Whether this was intentional or not, we will never know but it makes for a very interesting pattern. The Wild Goose Chase border is a good anchor for the open, airy pattern. The quilt is in pristine,... Click for details

Basket of Chips Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio   $625  

Charming Baskets of Chips quilt done in a soft shade of pink. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. It is nicely quilted with circles and arcs. It is interesting that the quilt is made entirely of triangles. The Basket itself is comprised of three triangles and the border is made of right angle triangles. Measurements are 60" x 72". Made in Ohio; circa 1920.
Basket of Chips Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio
Tumbling Blocks Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio
  Tumbling Blocks Quilt: Circa 1920; Ohio   $875

Unlike the usual overall Tumbling Blocks quilt pattern, this one separates the blocks into clusters. This variation creates six point stars in the white open spaces. The use of solid color fabrics make the three dimensional pattern especially effective. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 80"; Ohio origin. Made circa 1920's.

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