Catalogue: Quilts (527)


Variable Stars Quilt: Circa 1820's; Pennsylvania   $4,950   

To say that the fabrics in this Variable Stars quilt (aka Ohio Stars) are stunning is an understatement. It is a beautiful combination of pinks and indigos that blend perfectly. The chintz border is cleverly placed to give the effect of an undulating ribbon.The backing is a plain cotton. Quilting is basic - it is all about the pattern and fabrics. Measurements are 95" x 100". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1820's; excellent condition. Colors are deeper and more rich than appear... Click for details      
  
Variable Stars Quilt: Circa 1820's; Pennsylvania
Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
  Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania   $1,685

The Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt is made with a beautiful variety of printed wool challis fabrics. The palette is unusual in that it has soft tones with a predominance of green. The backing is a beautiful brown glazed cotton. The quilt is unusually large for the time period in which it was made. It is 90" x 105", ample for a queen or king size bed. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.

Windblown Square Doll Quilt: Ca. 1880; Pennsylvania   $345  

This four block doll quilt most closely resembles the pattern known as Windblown Square. Although it was named that by Ruby McKim in 1930, this version was made some 50 years earlier. It has also been called Whirlpool and Windblown Star. This doll quilt measures 14 inches square. The border is quilted with diamonds. The same red used on the front makes up the entire backing. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Windblown Square Doll Quilt: Ca. 1880; Pennsylvania
Chinese Coins Quilt: Circa 1880
  Chinese Coins Quilt: Circa 1880   $1,175

This quirky quilt is an unusual version of Chinese Coins. The plaid fabric is grosgrain with the horizontal lines used to create the effect of the Chinese Coins striping. Other than the plaid, the fabrics are wool including the One Patch back. The quilt is totally reversible to the One Patch checkerboard back. Measurements are 59" x 75". Made circa 1880.

Thousand Pyramids Charm Quilt: Wycoff-Bennett Homestead; NY:Ca. 1870's   Sold  

This Thousand Pyramids quilt is special on two counts. It is a Charm Quilt in that no fabric is repeated. More unusual is that it is documented to be from the Wycoff-Bennett Homestead in Brooklyn, New York. The Homestead is believed to have been built before 1766; it is a national historic landmark. The Homestead has had three owners in its 250 year history. A New York Times article in 2010 quotes the late owners, Annette and Stuart Mont as saying that they did not acquire any of the artifacts... Click for details
Thousand Pyramids Charm Quilt: Wycoff-Bennett Homestead; NY:Ca. 1870's
Feathered Stars Quilt with Applique Border: Circa 1830's
  Feathered Stars Quilt with Applique Border: Circa 1830's   $1,800

Delicate and finely made Feathered Stars quilt with an applique border. The berries on the border repeat the printed red fabric of the stars. Deep indigo is introduced for the vine and leaves. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. It is well quilted with alternating leaves and double diamonds in the white blocks. Measurements are 75" x 88". Made circa 1830's.

New Jersey Album Quilt: Dated 1867   Sold  

This 20 block Album quilt is a wonderful combination of original blocks with a few traditional. Each one is signed with information available about the signers. My favorite is the finely appliqued horse from whose mouth is written in ink "I'll take my oats". Other blocks have birds, butterflies and hands. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 94". New Jersey origin; dated 1867.
New Jersey Album Quilt: Dated 1867
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
Rising Suns Quilt with Applique: Circa 1840; New York
  Rising Suns Quilt with Applique: Circa 1840; New York   $2,600

This delicate Rising Sun quilt is beautifully combined with four part appliques. The Suns are 6 1/2 inches in diameter, made with a fine variety of printed fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. The construction is interesting in that each Sun in placed within a diamond shaped block with one lobe of the applique in each corner. The quilt has been professionally laundered. Upon very close examination, one can see small darned and weak areas to the red applique. They do dot detract... Click for details

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