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

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

One Patch Diamond in Square Quilt: Circa 1880; Pa.
This Diamond in a Square quilt is created with the use of One Patch blocks. It is an unusual variation from Bowmansville, a small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania known for its Star pattern quilts made in this manner. The light and dark calico fabrics are very well planned to make this complex pattern. Solid color pinks in the light areas are especially effective in spreading the eye around. Measurements are 76" x 78". Cable quilting in outer red border. There is a very, very faint area of fade... Click for details
Calico Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
What may initially appear to be a basic Log Cabin quilt actually has two unusual features. The centers are chocolate brown which is a variation from the far more usual red centers. Second is the border fabric of vining leaves. It has a shading going from white to tones of gray that is most unusual for a nineteenth century quilt but is contemporaneous with the rest of the piece. The quilt is in excellent condition; measurements are 72" x 74". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's. The backing is a... Click for details
Mennonite Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
This Mennonite Touching Stars quilt clearly reflects the Victorian era in which it was made. The stars are made of totally irregular pieces similar to those used in Victorian Crazy quilts. It is all wool with a nice variety of embroidered stitching throughout the stars and the Four Patches between them. It is in excellent condition; measurements are 78" x 82". The backing is a Bars pattern made of red and blue homespun type checked fabrics making it reversible to a totally different kind of... Click for details
Pair of Streak of Lightning Pillow Cases: Ca. 1830; Pa.
This is one of the finest and earliest pairs of pillow cases I have had the pleasure to own. They Streak of Lightning is a pattern rarely seen in pillow cases. They are in excellent condition with beautiful fabrics and hand crocheted lace on the edges. Measurements are 17 1/2" x 31" including edging. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1830's.
Caesar's Crown Quilt with Mariner's Compass: Ca. 1850
The combination of Caesar's Crown with Mariner's Compass patterns and their placement are brilliant. The central and corner block compasses draw the eye throughout the piece. The floral chintz border and pink sashing soften the geometry of the pieced patterns. Professionally laundered and in excellent condition. There is very slight toning to the back that does not show on the front. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850. Measurements are 96" square.
Tumbling Blocks in Bars Quilt: Ca. 1890; Pa.
To the best of my knowledge, this quilt in which the Tumbling Blocks pattern is set in Bars, is a unique pattern. The maker of this quilt certainly had a distinctive eye in that her choice of fabrics is also out of the ordinary.The Tumbling Blocks effect works equally well when the quilt is viewed both vertically and horizontally. It is in excellent condition and truly one of a kind. Measurements are 77" x 84". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Concentric Frames Quilt: Circa 1880; Pa.
This concentric frames quilt is made entirely with 2 1/2" squares set end to end to create bands of color. Only the center uses alternating colors to create a nine patch block. The colors are very rich with just the right amount of punch from the orange band. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" x 83". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Irish Chain Quilt with Chintz Border:Ca. 1830
The chintz border makes this Irish Chain quilt more elegant than most. In addition, the fine quilting depicts different floral patterns in the white blocks. Measurements are 102" x 104"; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1830. The sole condition flaw is a stain primarily on the back of one corner. Only with close examination does it show on the front as the brown blends in with the colors of the printed chintz.
Sawtooth Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
This Sawtooth pattern quilt (aka Indian Meadow) is as crisp and fresh as the day it was made in the 1870's. The fabrics are beautiful with an unusual soft pink print in the off triangles. It is well quilted with clamshell patterns in the printed triangles; diagonal lines in the pink triangles and a basketweave pattern throughout the border. A sawtooth inner border surrounds the blocks on three sides. On the fourth, the block itself provides the triangle edge. Measurements are 75" x 88".
Unique Four Patch Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This Four Patch quilt is certainly one of a kind. The overall pattern is something of a square within a diamond but it has a completely different appearance as it is filled with Four Patch patterns on point and on square. Nicely quilted with patterns of diamonds. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. York County, Pennsylvania origin. Measurements are 78" x 82".
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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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