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Elaborate applique quilt
Large, intricate applique quilt
Velvet African-American quilt
Velvet African-American quilt
Plastic bag art
Chicken, hats, and pillow crocheted from plastic bags
Odd Fellows ceremonial apron
19th c. African-American
fraternal ceremonial costume panel
Abstract quilt
Great 1930's/40's abstract
wool quilt from OH
Amish child's quilt
Amish child's quilt
Trip Around the World quilt
Vibrant Trip Around the
World variation quilt
Three miniature footballs
Three hand sewn miniature footballs
Odd Fellows tunic
Odd Fellows ceremonial
costume tunic

Elaborate applique quiltThis is a beautiful large applique quilt with an intricate, one of a kind design. From the last quarter of the 20th c., probably the 1980's, it is made from cotton, with a lightweight cotton canvas back and no batting. It measures 84 1/2" by 84 1/2". The applique stitches catch the front to the back, it is not separately quilted. The top edge is hemmed under as a binding. There is one small, very faint discoloration that we could only find outdoors in strong light. Otherwise it is in crisp, unwashed, near mint condition. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: CWAS.   Elaborate applique quilt ... Closeup of center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of faint discoloration ... Closeup with corner turned back ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Elaborate applique quilt ... Closeup of center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of faint discoloration ... Closeup with corner turned back ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.

Abstract quiltThis is a great abstract quilt with very strong color and graphics. It is machine and hand pieced from wool suiting and lightweight wool fabric. One patch even has part of the suit pocket! It has a flannel back, and is hand tied with blue wool yarn. There is a light weight blanket inside instead of batting. This quilt was found in Ohio, and is in excellent, unused, near mint condition. There is one small spot and one small tear on the back, each less than 1/2". Neither shows through to the front. It measures about 69 1/2" by 69". The age is unknown: it appears to be 1930's or 40's, but could be considerably older. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: TRAC.   Abstract quilt ... Closeup of the center ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Extreme closeup of detail ... Closeup of the pocket ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the back.

Trip Around the World quiltThis is a bright geometric quilt, in a variation on the Trip Around the World pattern. It is machine and hand pieced, and hand quilted. The fabrics are cotton, with a white flannel back and white binding. From the 1940's, it measures 87 3/4" by 74". It is in good, washed condition, with a cluster of three very small dark spots on one edge, each less than 1/4". There is some age darkening on the back along the fold lines, this does not show through to the front. If you look very closely, you can see that some of the blue pieces are hand stitched rather than machine pieced. These might have been replaced some time ago. This is a vivid quilt that looks good on a bed or a wall. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TRAH.   Trip Around the World quilt ... Closeup of the center ... Another closeup of the center ... One corner ... Second corner, showing the small spots ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of the edge ... Some of the blue patches ... Closer view of the stitching on the blue patches ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup, back ... Corner of the back ... Another corner, back.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Velvet African-American quiltThis is an African-American quilt with great graphics. It is made from plain and patterned velvets and fake fur, hand pieced and appliqued onto a muslin backing to give a quilted effect without an extra layer of quilting stitches. There is no batting. The back was made in four large blocks, and unfinished edges show where these come together. This quilt measures 72" by 77" and is in excellent, unused condition. There is one discolored spot on the back that does not show through on the front. This was purchased from an African-American church sale in Savannah, GA in the 1970's. A wonderful look for hanging or on a bed. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAK.   Velvet African-American quilt ... Closeup ... Closeup 2 ... Closeup 3 ... Closeup 4 ... Closeup 5 ... Closeup 6 ... Closeup 7 ... Back ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Closeup of spot on back ... Closeup of back corner.

Amish child's quiltThis is a wonderful, graphic, Amish child's quilt. It is 45" by 64". The small size makes it perfect for display on a wall, although it certainly can be used on a bed or as an accent piece. It was bought from the family in Medina Co., Homersville, OH. This visually interesting cotton quilt is in excellent washed condition and was made around 1950. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKHH.   Amish child's quilt ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Odd Fellows tunicThis is striking tunic originally used by the Odd Fellows either for initiations or plays. It is made from cotton. There is a colorful embroidered sun on the front. The ends of the rays are costume jewels. It is further decorated with metal studs. The label inside indicates that this costume was for "David as Commander". This is in very good wearable condition with very slight soiling, minor wear to the collar, and some tarnish to some of the metal decorations. (We're being very picky about this - you have to look closely to see it.) The tunic was made by M.C Lilley & Co., in the late 1800's or early 1900's, prior to 1925, when the company's name was changed. It measures 40" long from the back of the collar to the hem and 22 1/2" across just under the arms. The sleeves are 24" long from the shoulder seam. The loose cut lets it be worn by a variety of sizes. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: THTK.   Odd Fellows tunic ... Another view ... Sides and back ... Closeup of sunburst ... Closeup of hem decoration ... Closeup of sleeve ... Label inside ... With another model.

Crocheted plastic bag art
Here is a whole collection of pieces crocheted from plastic bags and bread wrappers from the late 20th c.   Larger photo of all.

Plastic bag chickenFirst off is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken with lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag hatThis is a very nice railroad-style cap with a black imitation leather band. It is very tightly made, in excellent condition, about 9" long by 7" wide by 4" high. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TRKT.   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.

This hat is very tightly worked so that it holds its shape and is not very flexible. It is decorated with a red ribbon. It measures 12" long by 11" wide by 5" high, in excellent condition except for the visible fraying of the ribbon ends. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKHS.   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.

This hat is 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5" high, fairly loose and flexible, in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCR.   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.

This hat is also fairly loose and flexible, 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5 1/2" high in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCK.   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

A small round pillow covered with a crocheted cover made from bread bags. It is 12" in diameter and in perfect condition. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AWOH. Side view ... Top view.

Odd Fellows ceremonial apronThis is a beautiful and rare ceremonial costume panel from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, an early African-American fraternal group. Called an apron, it was worn by some of the men of the lodge. It dates from the middle to late 1800s, and has been mounted on red fabric, in an oak frame under glass. The image was printed on silk, with satin ribbon borders and part of the cotton cord waistband. Some of the many symbols include the All-Seeing Eye, sun, moon, and stars, Noah's Ark, dove of peace, skull and cross bones, heart in hand, and much more. The piece itself measures 15" by 15", the frame is 20 1/2" by 20 1/2". It is in very good condition with minor foxing and staining, slight separation of one corner of the border, and what looks like a bit of paint on the lower left of the border. There is also some slight wear and scuffing to the frame, and damage to the paper backing of the frame.

There is some interesting history of the G. U. O. of O. F. here and here. Yale University Library has a video here that shows a lodge parade, with many of the men wearing similar aprons (about 4:10 into the video). The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CCRP.   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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