Catalogue: Quilts (521)


Album Patch Quilt: Circa 1850; Pennsylvania   $2,950   

This is an elegant version of an Album Patch (aka Chimney Sweep) quilt done in a glorious grouping of fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. The binding is a hand loomed tape. The center is signed with the name Martha Harper. She was from Yardley, Pennsylvania; born in 1807. The fabric used for the diagonal sashing and border looks to be pieced but is actually one blue and brown printed material. The quilt is in excellent condition. There are several light water marks on the back... Click for details      
  
Album Patch Quilt: Circa 1850; Pennsylvania
Wagon Wheels Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
  Wagon Wheels Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $1,800

This Wagon Wheels quilt has the finest quilting imaginable. The white ground is filled with swirling, intersecting feathers. The center white border is also done with a feather pattern flanked by chevrons in both red borders. Quilting of this quality is not often seen but particularly not in a straightforward pattern like this. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is one tiny smudge about the size of a pea that seems to be from the pencil marks outlining the... Click for details

Caesar's Crown Quilt: Circa 1850; Maryland   $2,850  

This is an elegant example of a Caesar's Crown quilt. It is extremely finely quilted with a feather border and floral motifs throughout. The teal blue/green and reddish/brown prints are "dressier" than many of the more traditional reds and greens. The sawtooth border in a lighter color sets it all off well. Some might want this washed but it is not imperative. The small spots could certainly be removed with a bath and the already dense quilting would appear even more prominent. That said, to my... Click for details
Caesar's Crown Quilt: Circa 1850; Maryland
Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
  Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania   Sold

This beautiful Sawtooth quilt also goes by the name of Birds in the Air. A large triangle is surrounded by smaller ones in a well combined group of three printed fabrics. The light yellow contrasting with the stronger red gives the fluttering appearance of birds in flight. The quilt is in outstanding, unwashed condition. The white triangles are quilted with half wreaths and leaves. It is very finely pieced with a tiny binding of the back turned over to the front. Measurements are 90" x 92".... Click for details

French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt   $1,800  

Classical French Provencal quilt that is totally reversible. The solid red side highlights the beautiful quilting consisting of alternating rows of cables and floral medallions. The reverse side features beautiful printed paisley fabric. The quilt measures 78" x 88", larger and more practical for a bed that these quilts usually are. Made circa 1870; pristine condition.
French Reversible Whole Cloth/ Paisley Quilt
Four Patch Doll Quilt: Circa 1860
  Four Patch Doll Quilt: Circa 1860   $385

This Four Patch Doll Quilt was likely a practice piece for a young girl. The diagonal line quilting along the border, for instance, is clearly an effort at fine stitching yet the wobbliness and irregularity of the lines may indicate it was made by a novice. Similarly, the piecing of the printed triangles fabric on the right border was done by someone who had not fine tuned her skills. In spite of (or because of) these technical flaws, the quilt has a real charm to it. It's made with a nice... Click for details

Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $9,700  

Never before have I seen an album quilt in which the flowers and berries are done entirely with stuffed applique. Usually, at most, there is a smattering of three dimensional applique but in this unusual album, it is all done with padding making for a very robust pattern. The quilt is in excellent condition. It is all solid color fabrics. Use of the same berry or grape blocks in all four corners gives just the right amount of symmetry. All of the other blocks are either baskets or... Click for details
Stuffed Applique Album Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire
  Variable Stars Quilt with ZigZag Border: Made 1888; New Hampshire   $1,085

The small scale of these Variable Stars could not be more appealing. They are made of a nice mixture of primarily brown and green prints. The stars are contained with a wonderful zigzag border. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Pinned to the quilt is a label saying "Made by Susan L. Mathews about 1888 Property of Julia Gorham Crane". This may refer to Susan Blodgett Mathews (1838-1907) in Columbia; Coos County, New Hampshire as I was told the quilt was from New Hampshire or Vermont... Click for details

Sunflower Quilt: Circa 1850   $1,685  

This early Sunflower quilt is made of a stunning variety of mid 19th century printed fabrics, many of which are quite unusual. The solid red background in which each block is set highlights them perfectly. There is a heart quilted in the four corners of each of the red blocks. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 84". Made circa 1850.
Sunflower Quilt: Circa 1850
Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1860
  Wandering Foot Quilt: Circa 1860   $1,685

This is a finely made version of the Wandering Foot quilt pattern both in terms of piecing and quilting. The red and green diamonds are especially small. The group around the central block are nicely placed to create an additional circular design. Quilting patterns are wreaths with pinwheel centers. The quilt is in pristine condition. Measurements are 74" x 88". Made circa 1860.

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