Crib quilt with appliqued Rose of Sharon pattern. Pennsylvania, c. 1850. Quilting density is a remarkable 18-20 SPI. Hand sewn throughout. Excellent original condition.
Dimensions: 32" x 34"
Oak Leaf Applique Quilt, 1858
Pennsylvania applique quilt. An attached note from the original family says "Anna's, December 25, 1858". The applique pattern uses an oak leaf design. With hand stitching throughout, quilt density is 16 SPI. Excellent condition.
Dimensions: 103" x 103"
Arnold Print Works Picaninny Doll Uncut
Rare 19th c. uncut framed child doll lithograph. Titled "Picaninny", the word is derived from the Spanish un nino pequeno, which means small child. Late 19th-early 20th C.
Pristine condition. Lithograph on cotton. Made by the Arnold Print Works of North Adams, Massachusetts. Markings include the patent dates of July 5, 1892 and October 4, 1892. From a home in Southern California.
Arnold Print Works Pug Puppy Doll Uncut
Rare uncut framed pug puppy doll lithograph. Titled "Puppies". Late 19th-early 20th C.
Pristine condition. Lithograph on cotton.
Made by the Arnold Print Works of North Adams, Massachusetts. Markings include the patent dates of July 5, 1892 and October 4, 1892. From a home in Southern California.
Arnold Print Works Tabby Cat Doll Uncut
An uincut framed tabby cat doll lithograph from the late 19th-early 20th c.This pristine lithograph on cotton print is from the Arnold Print Works of North Adams, Massachusetts. Markings include the patent dates of July 5, 1892 and October 4, 1892.
Patriotic Civil War-Era Jacquard Coverlet
America was on the verge of a civil war in 1861. Patriotism intensified for the majority of Americans as they experienced a young nation’s struggle for survival. Artisans made coverlets to order based on patterns the shop offered. This customer—probably from New York—specified a pattern containing a variety of symbols to convey patriotic zeal. Four domed buildings, four partridges, four pear branches and four stags offset the eight eagles. Two thistles anchor the symmetrical design at top and bottom.
Red and white double weave construction, the date 1861 appears in the corners. This fine antique coverlet was part of an exemplary collection by Joseph D. Shein, featured in his book Coverlets and the Spirit of America, curated by Melinda Zongor, pp. 202 and 203.
Dimensions: 98" x 88".
Bird of Paradise Antique Jacquard Coverlet
Exotic jacquard biederwand coverlet dated "1867". The ornate pattern of the birds, urns overflowing with flowers, and exuberant flag waving make this red, white, and blue coverlet a joy to behold.
According to coverlet expert, Melinda Zongor: tied -beiderwand is a single-thickness cloth made of cotton warp, and cotton and wool weft. Weavers of Dutch, Huguenot, and German descent and training used beiderwand structure.
This coverlet is featured in 'Coverlets and the Spirit of America' , a magnificent collection acquired by Joseph D.Shein and curated by authority, Melinda Zongor.
Dimensions: 85" x 80".
Needlepoint Sampler--c. 1815
Antique needlepoint cross stitch sampler in gold gilt frame. Circa 1815, this is an architectural design featuring a prominent school as its theme. Alphabet bands and spot motifs further charactrise the work of the young Jane Knowles. She shows the alphabet in rather random order, mixed with a number traditional symbols. The rich symbolism includes a dog (fidelity), dove (charity), falcon (nobility), lion (strength), swan (love, purity) and Eve picking an apple from a tree with seven apples (early symbolism for the seven deadly sins). She also includes various flowering plants, all having their unique meaning. The predominant thread color is dark forest green, gold/ochre and some beige. Silk on linen. Remarkable condition with no staining, discoloration, no visible wear to the linen base or silk stitching. Our conservator treated the piece with gentle vacuuming of the front and back, humidification, new backing board, batting and lining, new muslin behind sampler and re-mounting. Frame has a number of wear marks consistent with its age.
Mary Zeller School Student Sampler
A schoolgirl sampler attributed to the Mary Zeller School of Philadelphia. Sampler found in southern New Jersey.