Unusual Antique Textiles
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About Unusual Finds
Betsey’s love of antique textiles overflows the limits of our categories! This is where you will find unique pieces that are special enough to offer to you. As with all of our other pieces, these antique textiles are guaranteed for authenticity, condition and age.
Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork
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Betsey's Collection: Folk Art Wool Embroidery & Beadwork
12 x 23 (30.5 cm x 58.4 cm)

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
22 x 22, mounted (55.9 x 55.9 cm)

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.

BT-G Collection Mounted Penny Rug
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BT-G Collection Mounted Penny Rug
42 x 73
New England

This wonderful wool penny rug consists of 3 ¼ inch diameter circles of felted wool containing marvelous 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.

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.

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Q8775 Red & Green Woven Coverlet
19th century
70 x 84 plus 5" fringe on 3 sides

A gorgeous woven wool coverlet in an unusual palette. Fine wool yarns are in soft shades of olive green, cranberry red and ecru. Woven in an intricate geometric design and surrounded on three sides by a matching five inch hand applied woven and knotted fringe. The three sided fringe was intentional and original to the coverlet as the fourth side would have been at the head of the bed. In wonderful condition there are a few areas of fringe with missing edge yarn.

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Betsey's Collection Victorian Crazy Quilt Pillow Sham
27 x 27 (measurements include a 4 ¼ inch ruffle)

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.

UF208 Confetti Rag Rug
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UF208 Confetti Rag Rug
23 ½ x 36

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.

Country Home Pillows

Contemporary pillows made from c.1890 Redwork blocks
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A few years ago Country Home Magazine did a feature article on Rocky Mountain Quilts and Betsey's passion for selling and restoring antique quilts. The editor and staff fell in love with the circa 1890 Redwork blocks from the Hood (Hood Milk) family of New Hampshire we had for sale in the shop. The Country Home Magazine designers created a few special pillows pairing the antique Redwork embroidery blocks with contemporary fabric, ribbons and buttons. We now have a number of these gorgeous feather filled, zippered pillows available for purchase.

F138 Linsey Woolsey Fragment with Star Center
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F138 Linsey Woolsey Fragment with Star Center
23 x 24

A gorgeous very early homespun fragment from an original much larger quilt. This c.1800-1820 piece is a treasure showcasing homespun wool both front and back (see detail image) with wonderful hand quilting using both green and brown linen thread. The stars are outline and parallel line quilted, with both scroll work and outline quilting in the larger mustard blocks.

Graphically wonderful, this fragment would make a beautiful wall hanging. Ask us about adding sleeves to the back for hanging. Pillowcase edged in an invisible stitch using linen thread.
F23 “Bambino” Pinto Bean Burlap Bag
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F23 “Bambino” Pinto Bean Burlap Bag
(Five identical bags available: UF 23, 24, 25, 26, 27)
approx. 21 x 37
Mingo, Kansas
$375 (each)

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!

Amish Embroidered Table Runner
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Amish Embroidered Table Runner
apx. 28 x 40
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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.

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