This stunning Mariner's Compass crib quilt is unlike any other I've seen in terms of color palette as well as design.
The central Compass is framed with quarter Compasses and a triangle border. Quilting follows the pieced blocks. The quilt is from the Ausherman Family of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania ( Franklin County).
It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is wired to be hung either horizontally or vertically. The green is more vibrant than appears on my monitor. If you would like to... Click for details
This classic Nine Patch crib quilt was made with a well balanced group of fabrics. The top row of similar tones was probably made to indicate the end used for the head.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition.It was made circa 1880; York County, Pennsylvania. The backing is a Bars pattern. Measurements are 40" x 49".
This Nine Patch crib quilt is as crisp as the day it was made some 135 years ago. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. The fabrics are a nice combination of calico prints with an especially unusual material for the border. The two lighter blocks may have been made to indicate that side for the head. One of the squares in the lower right corner is especially dear as it is made of two different fabrics - not quite enough to go around. The backing is a Bars pattern with the same brown print as... Click for details
This charming crib quilt is made with Nine Patch blocks that abut one another creating a Bars pattern. Between the rows of Nine Patches are four rows of fabric; three of which are different aspects of the same print. The quilt is in very good condition. The fabrics are all strong and intact. There is some very slight discoloration on the pink calico border. Measurements are 40" x 45 1/2".
Oley, Pennsylvania (Berks County) origin; circa 1880.
This wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt is made with a rich variety of late 19th century printed fabrics. The maker continued the pattern theme with larger triangles for the inner border. As if she hadn't pieced enough, she continued with a One Patch pattern for the reverse.
The quilt is in mint, unwashed condition. Measurements are 47 1/2" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Pinwheels crib quilt is set up in such a way that it creates an additional pattern of Streak of Lightning with the sashing. It is made with a very Pennsylvania combination of calico fabrics. The sawtooth border is a nice follow through of the triangle theme of the interior of the quilt. There are several very light spots of some color loss on the peach fabric that are visible with close examination but they are very minor. The back is made of different fabrics than the front that are pieced... Click for details
This Star of Bethlehem crib quilt is a wonderful miniature of the classic starburst design. Whole and half stars perfectly surround the central star making a dense design. The fabrics are all strong and intact but there is some discoloration around the outer border. Measurements are 39 1/2" square. Lehigh County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This lovely Irish Chain crib quilt is framed with the ultimate border. The stepped, curved applique creates a terrific positive/negative image. It is nicely quilted with an echo pattern in the white part of the border and a waffle pattern throughout the quilt. The squares of the Chain measure just 3/4" to a side.
The quilt has been professionally laundered. Very close examination reveals three tiny, tiny darned spots on the border but no other condition apologies. Measurements are 28 1/2" x... Click for details
This Nine Patch crib quilt is as crisp and fresh as the day it was made in the 1920's. It is nicely quilted with a waffle pattern and chevrons in the border. The quilt is well scaled with each block measuring 3 inches in diameter. It is an ideal shade of soft medium blue that is a little more gray than shows on my monitor. Measurements are 36" x 54"; Pennsylvania origin.
It's safe to say that this folky sampler or album crib quilt is a one of a kind. The blocks are appliqued; ruched and embroidered.
Many are floral motifs but it also includes an American flag; eagle; stars and moon as well as two not quite determined animals. It's interesting that even though there is a range of detail and skill, it all appears to have been done by the same hand.
The front is a wool ground with primarily wool applique and embroidery that seems to be late 19th century. The... Click for details
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.
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