Needle Arts

13 Star (Francis Hopkins Pattern) Miniature American Flag

Small 13- star parade flag - 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" long, framed and matted to an overall size of 4" x 5".  Stars are in Francis Hopkins pattern.

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Indigo and White Doll Quilt

Well-scaled pinwheel design doll quilt from Lancaster County, PA. Indigo calico pinwheels and border against white background. Quilted with diagonal lines. The fabrics are strong and intact, but there is some scattered faint brown staining along the border and going into two adjoining blocks. Otherwise in very fine unwashed condition. Professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 17 ½” X 15” wired to be hung vertically. Circa 1880. Provenance Stella Rubin.

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"Broken Dishes" 19th Century Crib Quilt

First class circa 1880's crib quilt from Lebanon County, PA.  Bold red on deep yellow color palette. 

It is finely quilted with intersecting wave patterns throughout, a nice counterpoint to the geometric "dishes."  Provenance: Stella Rubin, Darnestown, MD.  It has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measures ~ 39 ½” X 50”.

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1831 Sampler Deborah Hobbs

Lively pictorial sampler by Deborah Hobbs (b April 7, 1810, Randolph County, NC; d  February 9, 1899 Henry County, IN, USA). Features rhythmic vine decorated band, capital alphabet in two colors concluded with "A.A.I.A.P.A." (possibly "Ad amor in arte per acta," -  art produced in love).  Bottom third of sampler is filled by an abundant floral basket.  10" X 12"

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1825 Pennsylvania Sampler - Jane Losee

"Jane Losee is my name, Greenburgh is my Station, Heaven I hope my Dwelling Place and Christ is my Salvation, When I am Dead and in my Grave and all my bones are rotten, when this You see Remember me that I am not forgotten"  Followed by numbers and "JANE LOSEES WORk Aged 15 years 1825"

Lavish border and bands of iconic PA decoration including tulips, pinwheel flowers and birds.

11" wide , 17" tall.

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PA Tree of Life Embroidery

This fantastic tree of life embroidery with bird and vine border throughout is an exceptional piece of silk on silk embroidery, in remarkable condition.  It is from a private collection (of the late Joyce M. Leiby of Lancaster, PA).

Originally made to serve as a pillow cover, it was never used. The colors are still very sharp and vivid against the black silk background. There is absolutely no wear or damage.  Conservation mounted.  Tru-Vue glass.

Embroidery: 17” X 17”

Frame overall: 23 ½” X 23 ½”

This is a great find and a wonderful addition to any folk art collection. 

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Nancy Stearns Sampler

Preliminary genealogical research shows that Nancy was born in Leominster, Worcester, Massachussetts in 1797.  She turned out this beautiful sampler in 1810 when she was 13. 

This sampler bears many characteristics described by Betty Ring in Girlhood Embroidery, Volume I, p. 36.  Ms. Ring states "Boston's first important group of samplers emerged in the 1720's.  Unlike stylized band patterns... that characterized Newport and Philadelphia samplers of this time, Boston work retained the form and technique of the 17th century."  What she is referring to here are the so-called "Adam and Eve" and other biblical themed pieces, of which this is one.  

Within an oval bordered cartouche is this devotional verse:

"With glittering beams and native glory bright
Virtue no darkness dreads nor coverts light
But from her settled orb, looks gently down
On life or death a prison or a crown.

"Virtue the chiefest beauty of the mind,
The noblest ornament of human kind,
Virtue our safeguard and our guiding star,
Which stirs up reason whom our senses err."

The entire surrounded by an exuberant floral border.

Stitches include cross, satin, split, French knot, straight and encroaching satin.  The sampler, worked in silk on linen, is in excellent condition and conservation mounted, and is behind Tru-Vue glass. The colors and contrast in the alphabets, devotion verse, bands and floral border are very good and the entire presentation is visually appealing and accomplished with great needlework skill.     16" X 18" overall size.

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Three Caucasian Rugs

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Caucasian Long Rug

This Caucasian long rug was made in the Moghan district just over a century ago. Multi-colored, stepped polygons cover the rectangular field, which is, in turn, effectively framed by a border containing the same, richly colored wool 3’5″ wide, 8′ 10″ long. This antique rug is in fine condition with full pile.


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Circa 1890 Dynamic Caucasian Rug

A star-filled border surrounds three diamond-shaped medallions, each connected by three birds. Made of lustrous wool colored by natural dyes, this circa 1890 rug is in fine condition with full pile. It is 4’8″ wide and 8’3″ long.

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19th Century Caucasian Rug

Made about 1890 in the Kasim Ushag region of the Caucuses, the rug is hand-knotted of wool on a wool foundation. The yellow, star-filled border surrounds a field containing several, natural-dyed colors including the desirable sea-foam green. Size: 4’9” wide, 7’8” long. A rare, true work of art to hang on a favorite wall.

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J. Kirtland Sampler

Jannette (Jennette) Kirtland was born in Deep River, Middlesex County, Connecticut on July 14, 1810. Her parents were Stephen Kirtland and Abigail Pratt. She was one of eight children.

She crafted this splendid sampler in 1821, at the age of 11.

She married Charles B. Smith on October 5, 1830. She passed away on June 10, 1842 at the age of 31.

Source: Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 11-1, Information on birth and marriage page 132 . The town of Deep River lies along the Connecticut River, between Essex and Saybrook.


Conservation mounted.   16″H x 17″W

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