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

Quilts: 19th Century (286)

Reversible Sawtooth/ Baskets Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Rarely does one find a completely reversible quilt, particularly with two totally unrelated patterns. In this instance, it is difficult to say which the maker intended as primary as both are well done. The Sawtooth is well pieced with nice small triangles. The only relationship with the Baskets side is that among other fabrics, it incorporates the same brick/ rust color used for the Sawtooth. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. It is well quilted with a... Click for details
Pillar Print Pillow Case
Beautiful pillar print handmade pillow case from the second quarter of the 19th century. The background is a wonderful blue tone on which are printed madder color flowers and architectural columns. The case is in excellent condition. The front is a single panel and the back consists of three panels. Measurements are 17 1/2" x 25 1/2".
Embroidered Album Summer Spread; Circa  1830
This botanical Album Embroidered Summer Spread is an original creation. It is made of 8 1/2" squares (with larger in the center) embroidered with a variety of fruits and flowers, each block with a different design. The top center square shows a bird on a branch. Another block is a winged flying angel. The embroidery is wool; the backing is cotton. On close inspection, one sees that the center blocks are much larger than the others, indicative of the transition from center medallion to block... Click for details
Central Starburst Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Some might refer to this giant medallion as a Starburst; others as a Compass. In either case, it is a wonderfully bold and dramatic design with the solid red fabrics highlighting the star-like elements. Triangle corners fill out the entire design. The quilt is made of cotton with a flannel backing which is unusual for this type of quilt. Quilting is nicely done with a variety of leaf and curlicue designs. Measurements are 66" x 76; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
Mennonite Joseph's Coat Quilt; Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This striking Joseph's Coat quilt incorporates the features most desirable in this traditionally Mennonite pattern. Each color stripe has a different quilting pattern. The diagonal stripe border adds movement to the already bold design. What distinguishes this quilt from others of the same pattern is that it is from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Other known examples are from Lancaster County. The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 74". The checked fabric of the backing is... Click for details
Variable Stars Quilt: Circa 1870;Pennsylvania
This Variable Stars quilt is made with a rich combination of brown prints from the last quarter of the 19th century. The dark red paisley background combines perfectly with the deep red of the stars. Dark brown highlights the arms of the stars. Green corner blocks add just a bit of variety. The quilt is in excellent, probably unwashed condition. York County, Pennsylvania origin.
Sugarloaf Quilt: Circa 1880
Small triangles filling in the larger triangle blocks give this Sugarloaf quilt a nice light and dark drama. The solid white contrasts well with the dark printed fabrics. Measurements are 76 inches square. The solid brown backing may be a home dyed fabric. Made circa 1880.
One Patch Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
The fabrics and scale make this One Patch quilt especially punchy. The red fabric has small white polka dots throughout. It is very well quilted with a waffle pattern. Each square is less than half an inch to a side. The triangles border makes a nice variation from the squares of the quilt. Measurements are 65" x 70"; condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Hexagons and Economy Patch Quilt: Circa 1870; New York
This combination of Hexagon block centers surrounded by Economy Patches is an unusual and successful pairing. Both sets of blocks are made of combined groups of fabrics adding to the softly colored detail of the quilt. It is in excellent condition. The backing is a plain muslin. New York State origin; circa 1870. Measurements are 60" x 74".
Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Beautiful version of a Sawtooth quilt done in warm, rich colors. Although overall brown in tones, there are enough areas of light colors to give the quilt a perky quality. The border print is a most unusual and beautiful fabric. Quilting is done in diagonal lines. Condition is excellent. The quilt measures 76 inches square. The back is a solid color dun color that may be a home dyed fabric. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
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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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