Beautiful pillar print handmade pillow case from the second quarter of the 19th century. The background is a wonderful blue tone on which are printed madder color flowers and architectural columns. The case is in excellent condition. The front is a single panel and the back consists of three panels. Measurements are 17 1/2" x 25 1/2".
This exquisite huswif sewing pocket is made of a beautiful grouping of printed fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. Each pocket and the border are different materials. They are all in perfect condition.
The pocket measures 4 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches long. It is accompanied by a family history indicating it was from the home of Martha and Joshua Marcy who lived in Woodstock, Connecticut.
These are two pristine early bags.
On the left is a drawstring bag in an unusual polished cotton print. Measurements are 7 1/4 inches wide x 8 inches long. Price is $295.
The waist pocket on the right is 13 1/4" long x 10 1/4" at the widest. It is all the same fabric with the exception of the bindings. It has a muslin backing. SOLD
On the left is a lovely, small huswif. Fabrics making up the six pockets are in excellent condition and date as early as 1840. Fabric on the outside shows a tiny bit of wear. Measurements are 2 1/2" x 10".
On the right is the most unusual huswif I've seen. I don't know of another with round pockets. The fabrics on the front are in perfect condition. The outside is made like a penny rug, again a feature I have never seen. There is a little bit of wear to the tan circles. The outside is made... Click for details
A variety of flowers and a bird and butterfly adorn this unusual mantelpiece cover. The embroidery is all done in wool. Most of the applique is wool with a bit of velvet.
It measures 70" long and 9" deep. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania pin cushions from the late 19th century.
Unusual cotton crazy on left measures 3 3/4" square. Nice variety of fabrics from the 1870's - 80's.
Six lobes - pristine condition; finely hand pieced. 2 3/4" tall; beautiful 1870's material.
Both have original loops for hanging.
Rare fabric silhouette of a full body male. Done in silk and velvet on wool. Fabric of hat was cleverly chosen to resemble beaver. Initially, I thought this was a needle case but realized that it has no function other than the pleasure of it. Probably done about 1860 but a person more familiar with costume might say earlier. Professionally mounted on stretcher that measures 11" x 14".
Extraordinarily rare crewel embroidered Waist Pocket dating to about 1800. Wool on linen with cotton binding. Incredible condition. Unusually bright and colorful. Professionally mounted on stretcher that measures 15 1/2" wide and 18" long. Found in Pennsylvania.
Privy pocket that is extraordinary in several ways. Most wonderful are the graphics; the Irish Chain is set to create striking diamond and X patterns. This is the only privy pocket I have seen that is quilted; usually they are simply pieced like a quilt top.This is also earlier than other with which I am familiar; dates circa 1860. Hanging tabs; binding and one edge show some wear but the body of the piece is in very good condition.Measures 21" square; Pennsylvania origin.
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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