Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 19th CenturyStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 19th Century

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

Center Medallion Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
This unusual Center Medallion would be described by most as a mother-daughter quilt. The center pieced and appliqued original design was done in the 1860's and the outer frames completed some twenty or thirty years later. The center is a quirky and original design surrounded by more traditional tulips. The red outer frames are done in a calico print from the late 19th century. The quilt has been professionally laundered. There is a little bit of popping to the red sawtooth border as shown inn... Click for details
LeMoyne Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This unusual country quilt combines both large and small LeMoyne Stars. The large ones repeat seven printed fabrics with a solid red and the small ones use the same two calico prints throughout. The stars are set on a tiny checked ground that "reads" as gray, a tone one does not often see.. Quilting is done with straight and diagonal lines. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition with two light spots in the border about the size of a pea. Measurements are 76" x 84". Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
Calico Starburst Quilt; Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Splashy Starburst quilt with many additional patterns. The corners hold the pattern together while LeMoyne Stars dance around the perimeter. Half stars and two rows of triangles make for additional patterning with a wonderful finish of Bowtie corner blocks. The use of the same fabrics throughout make for a very unified whole. Quilted with the same diamond pattern throughout; excellent condition. Measurements are 80 " square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880
Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
The maker of this Sawtooth quilt chose an exceptionally rich, and unusual combination of fabrics. A variety of large and small floral prints as well as plaids and dots are perfectly color coordinated with a variety of red and brown tones. The quilt has never been laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 84" x 86. It is quilted throughout with diagonal lines. York County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Mennonite Irish Chain Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Mennonite Irish Chain quilt done in solid colors of red and two tones of dark blue. The quilt appears to be in excellent, unwashed condition with a few tiny areas of color loss. The red of the chain makes the background color appear to recede giving a subtle three dimensional quality. Quilted with wreaths in the body and feathers in the border. Measurements are 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880.
Calico One Patch Rectangles Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Small rectangles (1 1/4 inches x 2 1/4 inches) make a dense pattern of this charming quilt. It has a wide variety of printed fabrics from the last quarter of the 19th century. Several have horseshoes and riding crops. The back is a plain cotton muslin. The triple border is divided into smaller strips adding an unusual touch. The quilt is in outstanding, unwashed condition. Measurements are 64" x 70. York County, Pennsylvania; circa 1880'a.
Kentucky Crossroads Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This unusual patchwork quilt most closely resembles Kentucky Crossroads; Sawtooth and Old Rugged Cross. The patterns are combined, though, as to create multiple additional designs. One can see Tree Everlasting; Octagons and Nine Patch on Point to name a few. In all, the quilt is a complex combination of patterns. The quilt is in excellent condition. Quilted on one edge of the border are the large initials SB. The rest of the border is quilted with leaves and cable patterns. Measurements are... Click for details
Garden Maze and Nine Patch Quilt :Circa 1860;Virginia
This is an unusual combination of the Garden Maze pattern filled with Nine Patches on point. The Maze is a beautiful shade of blue/gray. It is stronger in color than most of the Nine Patches so it seems to come forward while they recede a bit giving a nice three dimensional quality to the pattern. The backing is a beautiful, soft stripe and floral pattern to which the quilt can be reversed for a second, entirely different quilt. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 93" x 96. Circa... Click for details
Cotton Crazy and Embroidered Crib Quilt; Dated 1885; Massachusetts
Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message: Your childhood years, they will soon be over And your school days, then all will be... May health, wealth and happiness be your lot As long as your life shall last. Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet And decked it with colors all bright And when you are warmly tucked into your bed Then think of your Grandma - Good night. Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 ; June 11th, 1885.Detail photos show the animals and figures... Click for details
Baltimore Album Crib Quilt Top: Circa 1850
Rarely does one fine a true Baltimore Album Crib quilt. This fine example has all the bells and whistles. Each of the four different blocks is typical of those found in in what is probably the most desirable of early/mid 19th century quilt genres, the Baltimore Album. In addition to flowers, the top left urn has a lovely bird perched on a leaf. The upper right cornucopia has flowers; fruit and a butterfly. The lower left has the sliced watermelon with a knife seen, in my experience, almost... Click for details
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Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.

During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.

Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website,

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