Betsey Telford-Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts 130 York Street York Village, Maine 03909 207-363-6800

Unusual Antique Textiles

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UF210 Stair Treads
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UF210 Hand Braided Stair Treads
c. 1928
9 x 25 inches
New England
$850 (Set)

These soft cotton stair treads feel to me like a tightly woven chenille. In complete original condition, these stair treads appear to have been barely used. Can you image the days and months it would have taken to create these? Maybe they were too precious to use but they are perfect for someone to enjoy today in their home. There is one stair tread that has a small semi-circular piece missing from one edge. I have left it as is because to me it is telling some unknown story. If you would like it restored, I am happy to do so. Professionally washed by Betsey and ready to use. Set of 12.



UF211 Dish Towels
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UF211 Dish Towels
c. 1928
9 x 25 inches
New England
$850 (Set)

These soft cotton stair treads feel to me like a tightly woven chenille. In complete original condition, these stair treads appear to have been barely used. Can you image the days and months it would have taken to create these? Maybe they were too precious to use but they are perfect for someone to enjoy today in their home. There is one stair tread that has a small semi-circular piece missing from one edge. I have left it as is because to me it is telling some unknown story. If you would like it restored, I am happy to do so. Professionally washed by Betsey and ready to use. Set of 12.



petticoat
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Mid to early 19th century Petticoat
c. 1830
Connecticut
$850

This exquisite piece of art was meant never to be seen but to be worn under our dresses to keep us warm in our own homes where the only heat was from fireplaces. Exquisitely quilted by hand with the same quilting designs that would have been used on a full size bed quilt. The 1-1/2 inch edging is knit with a 0 needle. We have wreath quilting, cross hatching, some of the most beautiful and minuscule quilting stitches I have ever seen. Today this white quilted underskirt could be worn as a skirt. The waist band at the moment is 29 inches but there is plenty of room in the pleats to expand. The length is 37-1/2 inches. I believe his piece was made pre-1835, but I cannot prove it. From the looks of this petticoat it was hardly used. All original condition.





CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
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CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
18th century fabrics
88 x 94 inches
Fall River, MA
The Quilt came from an 1820 house, but the quilt pre-dates the house
$6,500

This quilt is actually talking to us. Have you ever seen a quilt that is comprised of numerous other quilts sewn together in order to make a very graphic quilt to keep you warm? The fabric used in this quilt is early New England homespun. I feel that most of this fabric is from the 18th century. Before the Revolutionary War England would not allow us to raise Moreno sheep, which produce soft wool. We could only have sheep for mutton, which produce coarse wool. The majority of the homespun on this quilt is made from such sheep that produced coarse wool. Back in the 18th century and early 19th century in New England we were concerned with staying warm. Such fabrics would achieve this purpose.

One of the strips has blue woolen fabric that appears to be of a finer quality. I am not sure if this was purchased from England or if it was spun by the family. We also took a picture of the back to show you where strips of another quilt were added to make this larger. Creating such fabric often took as much as 2 years from start to finish. This fabric would have been loomed at home, usually on the third floor of old New England colonials. After the fabric was woven the last process before creating a textile was to dye the fabric different colors. All the colors were from vegetable dyes. There were approximately seven different vegetable dye colors available to New Englanders.

This quilt was made in Fall River, MA by a Quaker family. The name is available on the sale of the quilt. The house it came from was built in 1820. I wonder if their previous home burned, which was not unusual in those days, and they salvaged what they could from the quilts that survived, putting them together to create a fabulous early textile. History absolutely jumps out of this quilt. The red and black star, the only pieced part of the quilt, would have been the newest addition. This also goes along with the fact that it is in the row with blue fabric that is from a newer wool fabric. The diamonds on point in this row are also from early homespun linsey.

This is a quilt I could study and study and never get tired of looking at it. The fabric used in this quilt is wool and/or a combination of wool and linen, sewn and quilted with linen thread. You will find moth holes on the early piece, and my advice to anyone thinking of buying an early wool quilt is that if it has no moth holes, then it is probably not an early piece.

Looking at the back, one piece 37" wide, two strips to the left, one 22" the other 14" On the left side of the 22" piece they actually left the outside binding on. The right hand side, a 15" piece has been attached. The batting is wool, which you can see through some wear in the quilt. The plaid piece on the bottom was added after this quilt had been put together and requilted. This is truly an amazing piece of history. The family name is available on sale.





uf118 table topper

UF118 WWII Table Topper "Harbor Defenses of San Francisco" c.1945
19.5 x 21 inches
San Francisco, CA
SOLD

Was made for a pillow but has never been used.



UF209 Amish Stumpwork
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UF209 Amish Stumpwork
c. 1890
29 x 37 inches
Lancaster, PA
$1,100

It is not common knowledge that a lot of Stumpwork is Amish. This wonderful table mat comes from Lancaster, PA and was created by an Amish woman in the 1890s. This Stumpwork is created using subdued colors. I feel that by using these colors, it continues the feeling of unpretentiousness in the Amish home.



Antique Amish Table Runner
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UAET Antique Amish Table Runner
Dated 1904
28 x 40 inches
Lancaster County, PA
$350

This Amish table runner is embroidered in hearts, diamonds and stylized flowers. In a wonderful size for the wall or for a table when it is not being used. Some wear.



UF23 “Bambino” Pinto Bean Burlap Bag
UF23 “Bambino” Pinto Bean Burlap Bag (Five identical bags available: UF 23, 24, 25, 26, 27)
c.1963
approx. 21 x 37
Mingo, Kansas
$125

Yes, we know this piece only dates back to the early 1960’s, which is new in Betsey’s world, but isn’t it wonderful? The Bambino Bean company used these 100 pound burlap bags to package pinto beans until Babe Ruth’s estate stopped the use of the Babe’s image. Betsey bought these five bags on one of her trips across the country over 10 years ago, and then forgot about them until she was up above the barn rummaging for treasures. So, whether you are a Red Sox fan, a Yankee fan, or just a fan of the game…one or more of these pieces would be perfect to add to your collection, and would look great on the wall as you cheer on your teams!



UF205 Amish Stumpwork
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UF205 Amish Stumpwork
Early 20th century
23.5 x 25 inches
Lancaster, PA
$250

A beautiful and rare piece of Amish textile art that would be a perfect wall hanging or folk art center piece for a table. Wool stumpwork tulips are arranged in a wreath-like formation in perfect Christmas colors on ecru homespun linen. A delicate ¼” crocheted cotton lace edge frames the whole and is a lovely finishing touch. It appears to be hardly used with one slightly shaded area in the center which can be seen in the photograph. Colorful, dimensional and funky this is a fabulous piece of folk art for your home.



UF208 Confetti Rag Rug
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UF208 Confetti Rag Rug
c. 1920
23.5 x 36 inches
New Hampshire
$3,400

Betsey found this fantastic piece in New Hampshire. It showcases an exuberant confetti-like arrangement of wool and cotton fabrics. This beautiful textural and very graphic piece is perfect for that special place on your wall. It was purchased already mounted and ready to hang as a very unique piece of textile art.



Betsey's Collection Victorian Crazy Quilt Pillow Sham
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BCVCQPS Betsey's Collection Victorian Crazy Quilt Pillow Sham
c.1885
27 x 27 inches
Massachusetts
$Call for price

In perfect and original condition, this pillow sham was made by Ada Cozzins, and contains a fantastic collection of silks and silk ribbons. Every seam has been skillfully embellished with a variety of soft colors in Pearl cotton, using feather, fly, double herringbone, buttonhole, and outline stitches. The center block has been further embellished with a nosegay of rose flowers with yellow-green stems and leaves. The backing and ruffle were made from a high thread count orange polished cotton. Please note that for photographic purposes only, this sham was fastened to a white background sheet using long pins, which are visible in the photograph along the top ruffle.



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BT-G Collection Mounted Penny Rug
c.1890
42 x 73 inches
New England
$2,400

This wonderful wool penny rug consists of 3 ¼ inch diameter circles of felted wool each with hand appliqued felted wool flowers accented with fine wool hand embroidery. The 4 inch long scallops, or tongues, along the entire edge also contain felted wool appliques, embroidery and a crocheted edging.

Professionally mounted on a wood frame covered in black cotton and ready for hanging. We show it vertically here, however it hangs as a horizontal work of art in Betsey's large kitchen.



UF3 Stars and Stripes Bunting
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UF3 Stars and Stripes Bunting
c. WWI or WWII era
10 feet long
Maine
$475

This stars and stripes bunting is from either WWI or WWII, I am not sure which. I found this piece in Maine. Prior to the advent of paper decorations, we would use bunting to decorate for elections, presidential birthdays, and other political celebrations.



UF2 Chicago World's Fair
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UF2 Chicago World's Fair
c. 1892
25" selvage to selvage
Chicago
$400 a running yard

This yardage of fabric was printed for the 1892 Chicago World's Fair. It can be purchased for a complete repeat print. Celebrating Columbus and the discovery of America in 1492, there are Spanish explorers and Indians depicted on the print. The stars represent the states in the union as of 1892.



BTG Woman's One Patch Pocket
BTG Woman's One Patch Pocket
c.Late 1700s

New England
$1,900

At one time women would wear such a pocket under their dresses or skirts to put the items in that they wished to carry with them. Created from linen and block print linen calicoes, this is indeed a rare and unusual treasure. Many years ago there was some restoration done to this piece. The back is a solid ecru linen.



UF_MEMORIAL_HALL Scarf from the Philadelphia 1876 Centennial Fair
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UF_MEMORIAL_HALL Scarf from the Philadelphia 1876 Centennial Fair
c.1876
19.5 x 24.5 inches
Philadelphia, PA
$450

Completely original scarf from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Fair. Complete original condition, this rare piece is truly a collector's item.



UF112 Calimanco Quilt Piece
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UF112 Calimanco Quilt Piece
18th Century
16 1/2 x 6 (41.9 x 15.2 cm)
$90

Calimanco (also spelled calamanco) is a sturdy glazed Lindsey-woolsey fabric which was popular in Britain and America during the mid to late 18th and early 19th Centuries. For quilt collectors and textile enthusiasts, the primary characteristics of a calimanco are its glaze, which was produced by rubbing the cloth with a stone or by applying egg white or wax to the surface, and its woolen homespun fabric. This is a lovely sample from a strip pieced Calimanco quilt from the 18th century. Perfect for use as a study piece it retains beautiful glaze on the front and the back is linsey woolsey in two pieces; one Indigo dyed and the other walnut. See detail images.

UF112 Linsey Woolsey Quilt Piece
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UF114 Linsey Woolsey Quilt Piece
18th Century
12 x 12 (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
$125

A wonderful 12 x 12 inch sample from a walnut dyed 18th century Linsey Woolsey quilt. Perfect for use as a study piece it is a beautiful rich walnut brown with a homespun wool back. One side is pillowcase edged to the homespun back with a double line of hand top-stitched lines. Note the weave repair near the edge using wool thread that we assume was done a very long time ago as that is the traditional way a wool quilt would have been mended. See detail images.

UF116 French Toile Fabric Piece
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UF116 French Toile Fabric Piece
Late 18th century
36 1/2 x 22 (92.7 x 55.9 cm)
$350

Such a lovely early French toile fabric piece in red on natural linen. We believe it's almost a full repeat of the pattern, the right and top right edges show the end of the print block. Beautiful detail in the printing, please see detail images. A nice size to use as a decorative piece or a wonderful study piece for early fabric connoisseurs.

UF117 Indigo Blue Quilt Piece
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UF117 Indigo Blue Block Print Quilt Piece
18th century
10 1/2 x 14 (26.7 x 35.6 cm)
$225

A gorgeous early indigo blue dyed block print on this quilt piece. On the back a fabulous print in blue, red, yellow, black, and green. Wonderful for study, Betsey has kept a piece to use in her lectures on early fabrics. See detail images.

The backing on this piece is disconcerting as in reality it is the front of another quilt. At one time someone quilted two different quilts together -- both backed with homespun linen. I assume this was for warmth.

UF100 Antique Redwork - Custom Made Feather Pillow
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UF100 Antique Redwork Signature Block - Custom Made Feather Pillow
c.1885 Redwork Signature block, newly made into a pillow
19 x 19 (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
$195

A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a wonderful story on Betsey, her antique quilts for sale, and her restoration business. Their designers fell in love with the antique Redwork Signature blocks we had in the shop and made a few fabulous pillows for us using some of their favorites. The Redwork blocks are circa 1885 and are paired with contemporary linen, ribbons and/or buttons. They each have a down feather insert and invisible zipper. Gorgeous and very comfy they are priced individually. This pillow features an apple on a branch in the center of the signatures - please see the detail pictures. A lovely mix of antique and contemporary - each pillow is unique.

Q9036 Silk Cigar Band Quilt

Q9036 Silk Cigar Band Quilt
c.1885
87 x 97 (221 x 246.4 cm)
MA
SOLD

Cigars were the most popular tobacco product used in the 19th Century, with most households having at least one cigar smoker. A cigar box would contain several bundles of six to eight cigars, each bundle wrapped in a silk ribbon sporting a printed brand name or number. These ribbons served not only the practical purpose of packaging the cigars but also as a way to attract buyers to a specific brand. Women were encouraged through literature distributed by the tobacco companies to use them to make things for the home such as pillows, table covers, purses and even curtains for windows and doors.

This lovely example of a cigar silks quilt highlights its sheer elegance by the use of only certain silks and by the artistry and skill that were used to create it. The fact that it is so large and obviously created for use on a bed is extraordinary as they were mostly made for smaller decorative purposes. The quilt is surrounded on three sides by a 7 inch wide gold cotton ruffle. Reverse tied with an ecru backing pillowcase edged to the top. A gorgeous piece of work beautifully designed by its maker. This quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

UF102 Antique Redwork - Custom Made Feather Pillow
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UF102 Antique Redwork Signature Block - Custom Made Feather Pillow
c.1885 Redwork Signature block, newly made into a pillow
19 x 19 (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
$195

A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a wonderful story on Betsey, her antique quilts for sale, and her restoration business. Their designers fell in love with the antique Redwork Signature blocks we had in the shop and made a few fabulous pillows for us using some of their favorites. The Redwork blocks are circa 1885 and are paired with contemporary linen, ribbons and/or buttons. They each have a down feather insert and invisible zipper. Gorgeous and very comfy they are priced individually. This pillow features an owl and four different buttons at the corners - please see the detail pictures. A lovely mix of antique and contemporary - each pillow is unique.

UF103 Antique Redwork - Custom Made Feather Pillow
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UF103 Antique Redwork Signature Block - Custom Made Feather Pillow
c.1885 Redwork Signature block, newly made into a pillow
21 x 13 (53.3 x 33 cm)
$195

A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a wonderful story on Betsey, her antique quilts for sale, and her restoration business. Their designers fell in love with the antique Redwork Signature blocks we had in the shop and made a few fabulous pillows for us using some of their favorites. The Redwork blocks are circa 1885 and are paired with contemporary linen, ribbons and/or buttons. They each have a down feather insert and invisible zipper. Gorgeous and very comfy they are priced individually. This pillow has a patriotic color palette with hand made ribbon flower buttons with jewel centers - please see the detail pictures. A lovely mix of antique and contemporary - each pillow is unique.

UF104 Antique Redwork - Custom Made Feather Pillow
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UF104 Antique Redwork Signature Block - Custom Made Feather Pillow
c.1885 Redwork Signature block, newly made into a pillow
20 x 20 (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
$195

A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a wonderful story on Betsey, her antique quilts for sale, and her restoration business. Their designers fell in love with the antique Redwork Signature blocks we had in the shop and made a few fabulous pillows for us using some of their favorites. The Redwork blocks are circa 1885 and are paired with contemporary linen, ribbons and/or buttons. They each have a down feather insert and invisible zipper. Gorgeous and very comfy they are priced individually. This pillow has sweet Redwork flowers and leaves amid the signatures - please see the detail pictures. A lovely mix of antique and contemporary - each pillow is unique.

UF105 Antique Redwork - Custom Made Feather Pillow
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UF105 Antique Redwork Signature Block - Custom Made Feather Pillow
c.1885 Redwork Signature block, newly made into a pillow
20 x 20 (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
$195

A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a wonderful story on Betsey, her antique quilts for sale, and her restoration business. Their designers fell in love with the antique Redwork Signature blocks we had in the shop and made a few fabulous pillows for us using some of their favorites. The Redwork blocks are circa 1885 and are paired with contemporary linen, ribbons and/or buttons. They each have a down feather insert and invisible zipper. Gorgeous and very comfy they are priced individually. A sporty red plaid ribbon accentuates the sweet Redwork leaf embroidery on this pillow - please see the detail pictures. A lovely mix of antique and contemporary - each pillow is unique.

Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt
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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt, with Provenance
c.1893
79 x 80 (200.7 x 203.2 cm))
Found in PA
$2,900

An amazing find, this quilt's focus is the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as The World's Columbian Exposition, which was designed to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America. Executed using lengths of printed fabric made specifically for the Exposition for use as bunting, handkerchiefs, and other memorabilia.

The front of the quilt is wholecloth; three vertical lengths of printed fabric hand pieced together to create the quilt's top. The 5 ¼ inch burgundy striped border is also hand pieced and folds to the back forming a 1/2 inch hand stitched binding. The quilt has a puffy batting that is smooth and without any shifting, lumps or bumps. The quilt is top tied using, of all things, thin hemp-like ties that add to the uniqueness and overall design of the quilt. The backing is a great black and red cotton calico-see detail images. Stitched to the back of the quilt is a hand written note on cotton stating the maker's and recipient's names along with the date of the gift: December 25, 1893.

There is an interesting side note regarding the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair itself. The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsen, is a nonfiction novel published in 2003 that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who built the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploited the fair to find his victims. Dr. Holmes built a hotel for exposition guests which he named The World's Fair Hotel, and then preyed on his hotel guests, mostly young women. He was convicted of 27 murders, but they expect he had up to 200 victims most of whom were disposed of in the kiln in the basement of the hotel. Good grief.

As mentioned, an interesting side note to the 1893 Exposition and its history! Our lovely quilt remains unmarred by any connection to the more gruesome aspects of a marvelous and historical exposition. We can assume our talented quilt maker, whose name will go to the buyer upon sale, chose other accommodations during her visit to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

This unique quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey, is in excellent condition, and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details.

UF115 Plaid Homespun Wool Pillow
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UF115 Plaid Homespun Wool Pillow
19th century homespun blanket, newly made into a pillow
24 x 24 (61 x 61 cm)
$195

Such a great pillow newly made from early homespun. Feather filled with three antique Mother-of-Pearl buttons used for the closing. We didn't know which way to photograph it and finally chose the side with the buttons. The detail image shows the other side. Beautifully made, there is a 2 inch lip including a 5/8 inch fringe around all four sides so the feather insert is 20 x 20. Just lovely.

Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork

Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork
c.1890
12 x 23 (30.5 cm x 58.4 cm)
SOLD

This is a wonderful and original folk art creation. Hand embroidery, beadwork, 3 dimensional and silk velvet appliques on black wool depict a Native American with bow and arrow next to a fallen deer. Whimsical enlarged flowers with beaded stamens and centers look more like trees in scale! A large yellow butterfly has intricate beadwork and hovers over 3-D flowers with glass jewel centers. The completely embroidered Native American hunter has glass beads for eyes and a graduated beaded necklace. His moccasins are felted wool and contain delicate hand embroidery work.

The backing is green cotton flannel with narrow yellow and white stripes and the piece has a nice pillowcase edging for a clean look. An original piece in excellent condition, we found one hard to find tiny moth bite in the black wool near the edge seam. See detail images of this spectacular piece of original folk art.

UF6 Tobacco Silks Folk Art, mounted
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UF6 Tobacco Silks Folk Art, mounted
c.1915
22 x 22, mounted (55.9 x 55.9 cm)
$395

A unique Folk Art piece comprised of silk tobacco premiums appliqued onto black silk with silk embellishment stitching. American tobacco companies produced a wealth of tobacco premiums that were included free with tobacco products. The advertising scheme encouraged collecting and creating household decorative items out of the premiums and was specifically targeted not to the users of the tobacco but to their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. They became extremely popular for collecting from 1910 to 1916.

This particular piece consists of a center silk Scottish Flag measuring 5½ x 6¾ surrounded by additional Country Flags, and Native American silks either 1¾ x 2¾ or 2⅜ x 4 in size. Mounted on a wooden frame wrapped in a wool plaid. A wonderful folk art piece ready for hanging.

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