Antique American textiles abound at Jasper52, Jan. 26

Amish Trip Around The World pattern quilt, estimated at $1,000-$1,500

Amish Trip Around The World pattern quilt, estimated at $1,000-$1,500

NEW YORK – Two Amish quilts, one from Pennsylvania and the other from Missouri, as well as an Adam and Eve-themed sampler dating to circa 1820 will compete for top lot status at Jasper52’s Americana & Folk Art Sale 1, which will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert on tramp art, folk art and Americana.

This particular sale boasts 359 lots that include a circa-1900 carved horse head that served as a trade sign; a tramp art pedestal box; Native American jewelry; a circa-1950s set of eight matching solid brass interior doorknobs that have a rustic or Arts and Crafts finish; a diamond-shape two-sided dart board dating to 1940; and a folk art birdhouse designed to look like a mid-century-style ranch house.

Other items of note include a near-mint Cicena Classic Overdrive radio, model #261, in teal, produced in 1991 but styled in the manner of the late 1950s; a circa-1980s Soviet hand-carved USSR vs the USA chess set, with folding board; a Napco occupational shaving mug painted with a mustachioed figure that resembles Swann Galleries’ Nicho Lowry just enough to make you look twice; and a 1920s or 1930s covered butter dish made from uranium glass, which glows an ectoplasm-like green under the right lighting conditions.

Circa-1820 Adam and Eve-themed schoolgirl sampler, estimated at $1,500-$2,000


Circa-1820 Adam and Eve-themed schoolgirl sampler, estimated at $1,500-$2,000

Opening the highlights is the aforementioned Adam and Eve-themed silk on linen sampler from around 1820. It was stitched in Pennsylvania by schoolgirl Amelia Jones, age unknown. She featured an unusual verse and displayed even more unusual letter spacing and spelling: “And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shal reap if we faint not.” The presence of a three-peaked stylized mansion, the center-chimney house and the unusual tree branches together suggest the sampler was made in Philadelphia. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,000.

As noted above, the two highlighted quilts both come from Amish communities. The first sports a Lilly Variation pattern, is fashioned from wool, cotton and rayon, and measures 76 by 84in. It dates to roughly 1920 and is believed to have come from Missouri. It has an estimate of $550-$700.

Amish Lilly Variation pattern quilt, estimated at $550-$700

Amish Lilly Variation pattern quilt, estimated at $550-$700

The second quilt is slightly later, from around 1930, and emerged from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The wool and cotton textile measures 82 by 82in and features a Trip Around the World pattern. The lot notes state “The hand quilting is exceptional, with grid and feathered designs quilted throughout at an even 12 stitches to the inch.” It carries an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

 

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