About Circa 1845 & Earlier American Antique Quilts
The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century. During this time, and into the first quarter of the 19th century, many American colonists were making whole cloth quilts by sewing together repeat lengths of the same fabric, thus giving the illusion of one “whole cloth”. Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics. After the American Revolutionary War, quilters began to make more pieced quilts, and also developed the appliqué technique of Broderie Perse. The vegetable dyes available in the 18th and 19th century limited the colors available, but those same rich, deep tones are just the ones many are seeking today. Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots. Enjoy viewing these very early and unique works of art.
 
Circa 1845 & Earlier Quilts
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Q8613 LeMoyne Stars in a Garden Maze
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Q8613 LeMoyne Stars in a Garden Maze
c.1845
76 x 88 (193 x 223.5 cm)
New England
$3,900

The Garden Maze is a very early pattern which originated in New England during the 1830's. This wonderful example contains gorgeous early fabrics in a warm palette of browns, reds and soft prussian blue in both calicoes and block printed florals. White linen was used both front and back. Organized and geometric this bold and graphic quilt is pieced and quilted by hand using linen thread.

LeMoyne stars measure 7¼ inches point to point with the Garden Maze latticework 1¾ inches in width. The binding is a wonderful brown, ecru and blue striped hand woven tape. In excellent condition this beautiful quilt also has lovely quilting with echo outline stitching in the latticework, diagonal parallel lines and echo outline in the star blocks, and ½ inch diagonal parallel lines in the white blocks.

A beautiful and very early quilt with fantastic fabrics - ask Betsey for more details. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Orange Border
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Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Orange Border
c.1840
86 x 96 (218.4 x 243.8 cm) br> NY
Was $3,900 Now $3,700

This is a stunning early quilt beautifully executed using fabrics from the late 1700's up to c.1840. The pattern is Nine Patch set on point with lovely 2 inch sashing separating the 9 patch blocks. The seven inch wide border is a gorgeous orange and ecru stripe with a small brown print. The same fabric is used sparingly in the interior of the quilt which sets off the spectacular border beautifully.

Completely hand pieced with hand quilting executed in parallel lines and herringbone stitching using linen thread. The backing is linen and the 5/16 inch applied binding is constructed using multiple fabrics from the interior of the quilt - lovely. The initials 'LPH' are stitched onto the linen backing.

This quilt contains a plethora of beautiful early fabrics in an elegant palette. The flash of orange was a brilliant artistic choice by the maker and makes for a sophisticated work of art. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, ask her for more details and to have this quilt shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8954 Variation of Flock of Geese / Old Maid's Puzzle within a Garden Maze
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Q8954 Variation of Flock of Geese / Old Maid's Puzzle within a Garden Maze
1815 - 1825
85 x 89 (215.9 x 226.1 cm)
PA
Was $5,200 Now $4,300

A spectacular circa 1825 quilt with various beautiful Turkey Red calicoes that date back to circa 1815. The sashing that makes up the garden maze pattern is all one calico, with different Turkey red calicoes paired with linen for the pieced blocks and borders. Individual Flying Geese blocks measure 5 x 5 inches and are arranged in a variation of the Old Maid's Puzzle and placed within a Garden Maze. A lovely seven inch linen outer border surrounds the inner design.

Hand pieced and intricately quilted throughout in diagonal cross hatch for the geese blocks, oval chain links in the white linen sashing, and a feathered vine surrounded by diagonal cross hatching in the outer border. Extraordinary hand quilting in fine stitches using linen thread. The linen backing folds to the front to form the scant 1/4 inch binding. A masterpiece of skillful execution using an original compilation of patterns in a variety of gorgeous Turkey red calicoes.

A fine addition to a collection this very early quilt can be used on a bed or hung on the wall as fine art. A magnificent, graphic quilt in perfect condition. It has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home.
CON JRE 1 Flying Geese Center Medallion, with Provenance
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CON JRE 1 Flying Geese Center Medallion, with Provenance
c.1820
103 x 106 (incl. 22" tail)
(261.6 x 269.2 incl. 55.9 cm tail)
Newark, NJ
Was $5,900 Now $5,400

A spectacular circa 1820 quilt with gorgeous fabrics dating back to the latter part of the 18th century. Block prints and calicos in gorgeous shades of blue, yellow, brown, madder and tan as well as spectacular early chintz fabrics. This wide array plus an 18th century block print backing in brown, ecru and russet provide a feast of early prints for the fabric lover's eye. Flying geese blocks measure approximately 4 1/2" square and alternate with patterned blocks set on point. A center medallion look is achieved through the artist's use of color and provides a nice focal point when on your bed. A 6 3/4" outer border is a luscious blue, white and tan block print. Made for a four post bed with cutouts for the two foot posts - this is original to the quilt and quite common in early East coast quilts.

English pieced (very close, whip stitch-like stitches by hand, originating in England, and stronger than the more familiar running stitch) and hand quilted throughout in diagonal and horizontal parallel lines using linen thread. The applied narrow binding is the original hand woven striped twill tape - just beautiful. This quilt is on consignment from a descendant of the maker. Provenance to be passed on to the buyer.

A very fine addition to an early quilt collection this special quilt is in perfect condition. Please ask Betsey for more details. It has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home.
CON HT32 Blazing Star
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CON HT32 Blazing Star
c.1825
76 x 80 (193 x 203.2 cm)
CT or NY
$3,900

A wonderful example of early American textile art on consignment from a private collection. A magnificent Blazing Star that appears to go on ad infinitum. Gorgeous early printed cottons are contained in this circa 1825 quilt which is a treasure trove for antique fabric lovers. A beautiful color palette carefully arranged in multiple blues, teals, greens, browns, madder dye, reds and black accentuate this very graphic pattern.

Beautifully constructed with sharp points on each diamond shape showcase the maker's skill with a needle. Diamonds measure 3 3/4" from top to bottom and are each outline quilted using linen thread. The backing is linen with a scant hand applied 1/4" wide indigo blue calico binding.

A stunning showpiece quilt that is in excellent, crisp condition. It would be amazing hung on the wall as graphic art - ask us about adding sleeves - or magnificent displayed on a bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Ask Betsey for more details.
CON HT31 Garden Maze with LeMoyne Stars
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CON HT31 Garden Maze with LeMoyne Stars
c.1835
84 x 86 (213.4 x 218.4 cm)
NY or CT
$3,400

A fabulous and very early cotton star spangled cotton quilt. Sixty four red and white calico LeMoyne stars measuring 5 1/2 inches each float inside a garden maze of the same fabric. The ground is a gorgeous light Prussian blue and white tiny calico print. Entirely hand stitched of course, as well as hand quilted in outline stitching throughout. The scant 1/4 inch hand applied binding is in the same red and white calico used for the maze and stars.

The backing is a brown, rust and white plaid cotton overprinted with stylized flowers in dark brown. See detail image. A superbly executed quilt in a wonderful two color palette that absolutely pops visually. The maker had a fine eye for graphic art and chose her fabrics well. This would not have been a scrap quilt but made with purchased fabric specifically chosen for this quilt leading Betsey to believe the maker was from a well-to-do family.

Special detailing includes careful cutting of the fabric in many of the stars so the same printed pattern is repeated in every diamond shaped piece – very lovely. This is a very striking, well executed quilt that simply demands attention and admiration. In excellent condition, this quilt would be perfectly exquisite on a bed or as a piece of stunning graphic art for your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Please ask her for more details.
Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
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Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
c.1845
82 x 90
Weston, NY
$3,400

A fabulous quilt by an extremely creative and talented needle artist, this piece was completed in the 1840’s, using solid Turkey red, a gorgeous solid teal blue, and white cottons. Each of the nine 21 x 26 inch rose sprig blocks has been appliqued and reverse appliqued using the tiniest of fine stitches almost invisible to the naked eye. Teal blue sashing 7/8 inch wide surrounds each block and also defines the beautiful three sided border. This 7 inch wide border contains unique urn and heart rose appliqués of the maker's design, all meticulously hand stitched and quilted.

The finely executed hand quilting includes outline and echo quilting inside the rose sprigs, and double line quilting throughout the body of the quilt. Each juncture of the sashing is also highlighted by a quilted floral medallion. Please click on the photo above to see the detail image. The backing is white cotton as is the separately applied 3/8 inch binding. An original textile masterpiece of unique design completely by hand and in excellent condition.

A fine addition to a collection this very early quilt can be used on a bed or hung on the wall as fine art. It has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Web images cannot do justice to either the color or exquisite workmanship on this quilt.
ConAM2 Chintz Ohio Star
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ConAM2 Chintz Ohio Star
c.1835
92 x 92
New England
$3,550

This quilt features two exquisite coordinating glazed chintz fabrics on a white ground. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted in fine, tiny stitches. Quilting designs include medallions and cross-hatch quilting. The Ohio Stars are done in a smaller scale chintz print, while a coordinating larger chintz print is showcased on the 7 ½” border. This quilt is in entirely mint condition—it remains unwashed.

BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
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BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
c. 1780
108 x 116 (this measurement includes 30 inch long by 58 inch wide tail)
Massachusetts
$5,300

What a fabulous opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a rare and very early quilt in completely original condition from Betsey’s private collection. This spectacular wholecloth block print chintz quilt still retains its original full glaze. The selvedge to selvedge measurement of this beautiful fabric is 27 inches, and is a floral block print in teal, grayish-taupe, and various shades of rosy reds. Betsey believes that there is a good possibility that this fabric is from France. Originally made for a high four poster bed, this quilt has a 30 inch drop on three sides, and is large enough to fit a modern queen sized four poster bed. The ¼ inch separately applied binding has been created from matching chintz, and the backing is homespun linen. Hand quilted in an overall clamshell pattern. The photographs show a diffuse area of darkening fabric in the center of the quilt, which is inconspicuous when viewed on a bed. A few small oxidation spots further point to the age of this spectacular textile.

CON KS2 Flying Geese with Chintz Border
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CON KS2 Flying Geese with Chintz Border
c.1825
94 x 94
Massachusetts
SOLD

This fabulous, loved quilt would be perfect for a collector of early textiles. The 2 ¾ inch flying geese blocks were created from early block and copper plate prints. The border chintz is an unusual early copper plate print still retaining some of its original glaze. As the width of the 16 ½ inch border on three sides attests, this quilt was originally made for an early high post bed needing a more lengthy drop. The border is 6 inches on the head end of the quilt. The separately applied binding is a narrow ¼ inch, and the backing is homespun linen. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
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Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
c.1800
33 x 35
New England
$1,800

What an opportunity to acquire a very early quilt fragment in excellent condition! From an actual Broderie Perse quilt created around 1780-1800, this piece contains a large center block of an early block print taupe floral glazed chintz set on point. This block is surrounded by chintz birds and butterflies meticulously cut out and appliqued onto off-white homespun linen.

The hand appliqué stitching is phenomenally dense, and the entire piece has been hand quilted in chevrons set 1 inch apart. The same chintz used in the center block was used for the ¼ inch separately applied binding, and the backing is the same off-white homespun linen as was used on the front. The size of this fragment was as Betsey found it, and she believes this piece was originally the center medallion of a large Broderie Perse or early pieced quilt. What a find in a perfect size for wall art in a small space! Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more details.

BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
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BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1830
84 wide x 89 long (including the 17½ inch tail)
New England
Was $4,800 Now $4,100

A quilt for lovers of early fabrics, this lovely piece contains many block prints and copper plates from circa 1800, along with a wide variety of early prints, plaids, stripes and calicoes. The 10 inch outer border was created from a beautiful block print in rose and brown tones on an ecru background, and the inner border is comprised of pieced Variable Stars showcasing more of this quilt’s wonderful wealth of fabrics. Hexagons measuring 1 inch per side make up the body of the quilt, and have been arranged in a center medallion format. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted with chevrons in the outer border, diagonal lines in the inner border, and outlining in the hexagons. Much of the outlining has been lost in time, but does not interfere with the graphics or function of this quilt. Four ties have been applied to secure the quilt in place around the bedposts, and the quilt was finished with a ¼ inch separately applied binding on the top and bottom and pillowcase edging on the sides. The backing is a homespun ecru linen.

Four post quilts are indigenous to New England, and this particular quilt was made to fit a high four post double bed measuring 51 inches wide. If you are fortunate to have an antique bed from this era, then the addition of this quilt would definitely make your bed the focal point of your room! In used condition, and professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8667 Whig Rose Variation
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Q8667 Whig Rose Variation
c.1845
94 x 96
Lancaster Co, PA
Was $6,800 Now $6,300

This exquisite quilt defines what many of us think of when we hear the words "classic mid-nineteenth century American quilt”. The Whig Rose quilt's double border contains a beautifully executed floral design in a variation of the early Whig Rose pattern. Solid Turkey red, an over dyed green on green print, and a yellow calico are set on a pristine white background in the form of finely executed appliqués stitched entirely by hand.

Each Whig Rose applique measures approximately 26 x 30 inches and contains very fine hand quilting in outline and flower petal designs. The white background of each block is quilted with unique floral and leaf patterns. The inner 1 ½” white border has hundreds of alternating Turkey red and over dyed green appliqued leaves surrounding the central Whig Rose design.

Framing the inner design is a 7 ½” white outer border with quilting executed in an undulating feather vine pattern with stylized tulips. In each of the four corners is a 10” double line quilted heart with interior diagonal cross hatch stitching. The use of hearts is an indication this quilt was related to love or marriage, possibly made as either a wedding or anniversary gift.

A masterpiece of hand appliqué in traditional and original patterns executed by an experienced and clever hand. Unused and professionally hand washed by Betsey. This quilt can be sent to you on approval.
Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
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Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
c. 1835 65 x 70 (including a 7¾ tail for a four poster bed)
possibly southern Maine, most likely Massachusetts
$1,900

Truly a collector’s quilt, this fabulous piece tells of its early New England history through its orange peel pattern and poster bed cut-outs. This quilt was originally made for a low poster bed. The fabrics are wonderful; with very early double pinks on the front and a homespun linen backing. Created before the sewing machine was commercially available to the public, this quilt is entirely hand pieced and diagonally quilted. The quilting lines alternate direction from row to row, creating a zig-zag pattern over the entire piece. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8877 Applique Floral with Tasseled Swag
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Q8877 Applique Floral with Tasseled Swag
c.1845
82 x 82
Possibly New York
Was $3,200 Now $2,900

What a fantastic original quilt creation. Fabrics used are solid colors of Turkey red, green and blue on a white background plus the colors of the flowers. This stunningly graphic antique quilt, in fabulous condition, is a masterpiece of skilled needlework and unique design. Nine large “flowers” comprise the center area of the design. Each beautifully appliqued flower has 7 scalloped layers comprised of Turkey red, double pink calico and solid yellow. Each flower also has five appliqued buds both closed and open and stems with leaves. Some leaves also contain reverse appliqué work.

A 1 7/8 inch red and green diagonally striped border surrounds the inner blooms. The entire garden is then framed by an 11 inch border of blue swags with red tassels. Each Turkey red tassel is topped by three perfectly appliqued green leaves.

Quilting on this wonderful work of art has been done to the extreme with both imagination and skill. Lovely and varied quilting patterns include double line florals of tulips and 4 petal flowers, circles, and leaves. In addition, single line scallops are quilted around the red and green border with tilted diamond chains quilted inside the border. Echo and outline quilting is used throughout in the appliquéd pieces. Some of the quilting marks are still visible.

The backing is a high thread count solid white cotton. The binding is a ¼ inch applied red calico fabric appearing to be a later 19th century restoration.

Visually and technically this is truly a unique design statement from an accomplished and finely skilled needlewoman – a special treasure to highlight any collection of fine textile art. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8584 Triple Irish Chain
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Q8584 Triple Irish Chain
c.1845
78 x 85
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Was $2,200 Now $1,600

In unused condition, this marvelously graphic quilt has wonderful fabrics; three deep indigo prints, a deep red print with tiny black vines, and a very unusual blue and taupe stripe used for the joining blocks. All hand pieced and hand quilted in 1 inch crosshatching. The red border is 1-1 ½ inches on three sides, with the fourth side containing an additional 1 ½ inch indigo inner border.

The binding has been turned over from the front to the back on this fourth side, but pieced and separately applied to the other three sides. The backing is medium brown home dyed linen. Fabulous for bed or walls! Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more information.

 

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