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

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

Early Windowpane with Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1830
The blocks of this Window Pane quilt are connected with a triple sashing and Nine Patches. It has been professionally laundered so the front is now spotless although a f ew light spots remain on the back that do not show through. Sewn to the back of the quilt is a note that reads " The lining is homespun. This quilt was made from dresses from Hannah Tripp and her sister when they were girls. It was made a long time before her marriage in 1840. This belongs to Ina Haskins Lewis (?). Photos of... Click for details
Trip Around the World Quilt: Circa 1890; Missouri
Trip Around the World quilt with unusually small pieces. Each block measures just 7/8" to a side. The quilt has a terrific variety of entirely printed fabrics from the late 19th century. The colors are well placed to show off the light and dark contrast. The quilt measures 70" x 78". Missouri origin; made circa 1890.
Flying Geese Quilt: Circa 1840; Pennsylvania
This is a stunning example of a Flying Geese (some would call it Wild Goose Chase) quilt from the first half of the 19th century. The small triangles are made of a rich variety of printed fabrics. The solid Bars are an unusual glazed chintz with a Gothic Revival theme. Deer are seen next to the pointed arch buildings. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Quilting is done with alternating bands of diagonal lines. Measurements are 93 inches square.
Calico Hexagons Fragment: Circa 1870
This patchwork Hexagons is an unfinished piece of what would have made a wonderful quilt. It is created with beautiful printed fabrics dating from the 1830's - 1850's. Each hexagon is one inch at its widest. No wonder she quit! The hexagons are backed with newspaper and hand written papers. Condition is very good but not perfect. On close examination, one can see a few cracks. The piece measures 33 inches at its widest; New England origin.
Irish Chain Quilt: Circa 1880; Maryland
The colors of this Irish Chain quilt make it a real stand out. Rarely does one find the chocolate colored brown ground. It is a solid fabric combined with calico prints of yellow and a brick red or terra cotta. It is nicely quilted with wreaths in the brown sections. Repeated use of the same fabrics for the triple border contribute to the cohesion of the pattern. It is in excellent, probably unwashed condition. Measurements are 79" square; Maryland origin. Made circa 1880.
Indigo Sawtooth Diamond Quilt: Circa 1880
Bold and striking Sawtooth Diamond quilt in one of the most desirable color combinations of indigo and white. The central pattern is framed by four sawtooth squares, an unusual touch. Four borders also add to the strength of the design. Everything about this quilt is geometric. The white areas around the main pattern are done with concentric right angles; the interior white space is quilted with diamonds. The outer border is done with diagonal lines. The quilt is in excellent condition; made... Click for details
Miniature Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Technically, this pattern has been named Star of Sweden but most people would not recognize that name. Calling it Miniature Stars is more descriptive although the stars are done in an unusual way. The center of each is a circle with eight triangles pointing their way out from it. Most often, a star pattern involves diamond shaped pieces that come out from the center. Regardless of the name, this quilt is masterfully done. Each star block is just 3 inches to a side. Five borders plus the... Click for details
Irish Chain Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Here is a traditional Irish Chain quilt with especially nice quilting, particularly in the border. The graceful leaves may be fiddlehead ferns. The quilt also has the delicate detail of piping next to the binding. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 68" x 74"> Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Trip Around the World Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This Trip Around the World quilt is done on an unusually small scale. Each block is 3/4" to a side, smaller than postage stamp size. A very small triangle border surrounds the blocks on three sides. The consistent use of red and green squares on the outside of each block combine to create a chain effect going throughout the quilt. The quilt is in pristine, unused condition. It's done with a very nice variety of printed fabrics from the last quarter of the 19th century. It is from Willow Street,... Click for details
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
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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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