Catalogue: Quilts (513)


Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania   $2,900   

Feeling patriotic, anyone? This unusual Shields quilt is combined with diamonds in squares to create an original, all-American design. Half diamonds frame the pattern well. The quilting is not elaborate. It is done in straight lines in the body of the quilt and diamonds in the border. The concentric diamonds are machine appliqued. The quilt is in excellent condition. There is one light smudge that can likely be removed with a wash but I have done nothing to it as I do not find it... Click for details      
  
Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania
Nine Patch Medallion Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
  Nine Patch Medallion Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania   $975

The basis of this quilt is a Nine Patch pattern but the way it is put together adds additional interest. The alternating of light and dark blocks in addition to the center frame make it a wonderfully abstract composition. It is a beautiful shade of medium blue from the 1920's. The quilt is in pristine, un-used condition. Measurements are 82" x 98"; Pennsylvania origin.

Princess Feather Quilt with Stuffed Applique: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   $2,985  

This Princess Feather (aka Prince's Feather) quilt has two particularly unusual features. The central motif as well as the centers of the feathers are all stuffed applique. Four hearts surround the very center motif. Yellow within the stuffed work appliques really makes them pop. The other especially distinctive feature is that the feathers terminate in unusual pointed shapes.The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. It is nicely quilted with a variety of patterns. Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
Princess Feather Quilt with Stuffed Applique: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Light and Dark Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Light and Dark Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,875

This Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is a fine example of the logs often made of fine wool challis in Pennsylvania during the third quarter of the 19th century. This quilt has more going for it than being beautifully made and color coordinated. It is also well documented and illustrated in "Layers: Unfolding the Stories of Chester County Quilts". It is accompanied by a note saying it was "Made by Mary M. Shields about 1850 Log Cabin pattern". A copy of the book is included with the purchase. Mary... Click for details

Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,400  

This finely made Mariner's Compass quilt is dense in both piecing and use of patterned fabrics. The fabric of printed circles of the background is an imaginative choice to mirror the circular compasses. The points of the compasses and sawtooth triangles are crisp and well defined. The quilt is in unwashed condition with one condition apology. There were some cracks in one side of the border fabric. It has been covered with invisible netting sewn over that end of the entire quilt. The netting... Click for details
Mariner's Compass Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Fence Rail Log Cabin Doll Quilt: Circa 1890
  Fence Rail Log Cabin Doll Quilt: Circa 1890   $450

This Fence Rail Log Cabin doll quilt is made of richly colored plush velvets. Each block is just 2 inches to a side. The quilt is in a goldleaf frame (not of the period) measuring 13 3/4" x 20". The quilt appears to be in perfect condition although I have not seen it out of the frame. There are a few chips to the frame. The colors are beautifully coordinated. The quilt dates to about the 1890's.

Bowmansville Postage Stamp Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $2,200  

Bowmansville, a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is known for their quilts that are most often Star patterns made of squares. To my knowledge, this variation is unique. The complex and bold overall pattern is made of 1 1/2 inch squares of printed fabrics. The quilt measures 70" square. It is in excellent condition; made circa 1890.
Bowmansville Postage Stamp Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Compass Star Quilt: Circa 1880
  Compass Star Quilt: Circa 1880   $1,275

This Compass Stars quilt is unusual both for the pattern and the fact that the indigo is used as the ground. More often, one would find a navy pattern on a white ground. Four Patch corner blocks show a nice attention to detail. It is very well quilted and in excellent condition. Measurements are 76 inches square; made circa 1880.

Airplanes Quilt: Circa 1930   $625  

The blue background sky of this interesting Airplanes quilt gives an entirely different secondary pattern to the whole quilt. The blue and peach, being of similar size and color values, vie for primary position making a completely abstract pattern. I expect this was unintentional on the part of the maker. Measurements are 62" x 72"; excellent condition. Made circa 1930.
Airplanes Quilt: Circa 1930
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
  Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania   $1,675

This is an extremely finely crafted example of one of America's most classic quilt patterns - Barnraising Log Cabin. It is as crisp as the day it was made in the 1880's. It has a wonderful and unusual border. Rather than the more traditional piano key in which all of the strips face the same direction, this divides in the middle of each side to create a V in the center. It is made of a well placed combination of solid and printed fabrics. Measurements are 82" square. Brownstown, Pennsylvania... Click for details

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