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Condition Listings

Mint: Quilt is unwashed, like new condition. No stains, holes, color fading, or wear. No restorations or repairs. All seams and stitching intact. No batting shift noted.

Excellent: Quilt has never been washed. May have minimal fading or staining. No holes or tears. All stitching and seams are intact. May have some batting shift.

Good: Quilt may have been washed. May have some fading, staining, or discoloration. May have some age appropriate wear to fabric or binding. May have been repaired or restored. May have some loose stitching or open seams. May have a batting shift.

Fair: Quilt has been washed. May have fading, wear, and or staining. May have a small tear or hole. May have loose stitching or open seams. Batting may be shifted or exposed.

Poor: Obvious wear, staining, and or fading noted. May have tears, holes, or fraying. Loose stitching and or open seams may be present.

Quilts for Sale

Rare Antique Applique 1840s-1860s Quilts

Recently acquired for sale! Three rare and outstanding 19th century quilts.

Quilts in this Collection:

Indigo and White Cut Paper Applique Patterns with Weeping Willow Border Quilt, c.1850
Berries and Leaf Sprigs Antique Applique Quilt, dated and signed 1861
Red, White & Blue Trapunto Star Quilt c.1840 from a very well-known NJ family

Indigo and White Cut Paper Applique Patterns with Weeping Willow Border Quilt, c.1850

Indigo & white applique quilt, c. 1850, found in VT., 7' x 7', excellent condition. Weeping willow border with cut paper circular designs throughout; quilting 12 stitches to inch; echo quilting throughout. Faded label is attached: "Townsend heirloom quilt," from a NY family. I have discovered that there are several quilts with similar patterns, same time period, different colorways, most originating in NY state.

Available $6,800



Berries and Leaf Sprigs Antique Applique Quilt, dated and signed 1861

A rare find! A spectacular applique quilt - dated and signed 1861; descended in the family of the maker - and on the quilt in india ink is the line of descent through the 1930s.

Applique berries and three leaf sprigs going in two direction with rose and leaf vining border, red and green cotton fabrics. Athens, PA; signed and dated October 30, 1861.

Pieced by Lavinia Vaughan in the 59th year of her age and presented to her sister (see the genealogy information below). The women who inherited the quilt in 1907 and 1934 are also on the quilt in india ink. 91" x 71", good condition.

Quilt geneology info:
Quiltmaker: Lovina Vaughn (Chandler)
Birthdate: September 13, 1803
Birthplace: Orange, NY, United States.
Death: February 18, 1870 (66) Athens, Bradford, PA, United States.
Place of Burial: Litchfield, Bradford, PA, United States.
Immediate Family: Daughter of Samuel Chandler and Margaret Chandler; Wife of Daniel Vaughn; Sister of Maria Campbell; Spencer Chandler; Martha T Bliven; Frances Miller; Rebecca White and 3 others.

Available $6,800



Red, White & Blue Trapunto Star Quilt c.1840 from a very well-known NJ family

Mary Mapes Dodge family quilt. Mary Mapes was a noted American author and editor of children's books, best known for Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, which became an instant best seller and eventually a children's classic.

c. 1840, Newark, NJ. Central Lonestar with trapunto motifs quilted throughout, red and blue printed fabrics from the 1830-50 time period. Cotton, 86 x 84 inches, excellent condition with small amount of dropout in red fabric. Probably made by her mother, Sophia Furman Mapes (1808-1885), in honor of Mary's marriage in 1851. From estate of granddaughter Josephine Gould.

Mary's family was well known in Newark and a number of New Jersey histories mention her father and family. Her father James Jay Mapes (d. 1866) was a highly respected figure in scientific, artistic, and intellectual circles in New York before moving to Newark. He was appointed a professor of chemistry and natural philosophy at the American Academy in New York and later at the newly founded National Academy of Design. He was also an accomplished amateur artist and held a number of patents for innovative industrial processes. His central interest was in the application of scientific principles to agriculture, and in 1847 he purchased a farm in Newark, with the idea of putting his theories into practice. The property was in Clinton Township, later part of the Weequahic section of Newark, in an area also sometimes known as "Waverly." The family lived first in an old farmhouse (known locally as the Hedden House) and later in a more substantial "mansion" (torn down in 1904). James Mapes soon gathered around him a circle of the intellectual and artistic elite of Newark, including Seth Boyden, Thomas Kinney and Oba Woodruff of the Newark Daily Advertiser, Thomas Dunn English, the Inness and Durand families, and many others. The household also attracted eminent guests from New York, such as Mapes' friend Horace Greeley.

Available $8,900