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

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

Pinwheels Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Groups of four Pinwheel blocks are set together to create a dense pattern with lots of movement. Browns, greens and teals together make for an especially rich palette. Machine quilted. Several water marks visible on border and one in lowest of middle group of Pinwheels. Fabrics are strong and could probably be washed but I have not touched it. Backing is pieced bars. Measures 78" x 86". Franklin County, Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation project label is shown on thumbnail photo. Circa 1870.
Tumbling Blocks Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
This is both the earliest and largest Tumbling Blocks quilt that I have seen. It measures an enormous 102" x 116"; generous for a king size bed or a fabulous wall hanging for a loft space. This pattern is always dramatic but the scale of this makes it unusually so. Well quilted; hand loomed Trenton tape binding. Front is in excellent condition. There is one dark spot about the size of a dime that is visible in first thumbnail close-up. Staining on the back does not come through to the front.... Click for details
Cross Roads Quilt: Circa 1880
Cross Roads ( aka Old Italian Block) pattern quilt done with a nice selection of late 19th century calico fabrics. Solid white contrasting with the printed calicoes gives dramatic diagonal movement. Damage to one purple triangle; the rest of the quilt is in excellent condition. Measures 64" x 73".
Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt: Circa 1880; Pa.
There's method to this madness. What at first appears to be a jumble is actually an orderly arrangement of Nine Patch and Hourglass quilt blocks arranged in rows. While different in size, nearly each block is framed by log cabin strips. Three borders are the same triangles; the fourth is diagonal strips. Excellent, probably unwashed condition. Light smudging on one block. Soft calico prints are beautifully combined to create a twinkly palette of light and dark. Back is pieced bars that... Click for details
Schoolhouse Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Charming Schoolhouse quilt made very lively by the use of solid red fabrics. While traditional in some ways, the quilt also has an interesting abstract quality due to the placement of the varied colored vertical and horizontal blocks. Has several very light smudges but essentially in excellent condition. Measures 64" x 69"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Evening Stars Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Evening Stars quilt with a terrific assortment of red printed fabrics dating from the 1830's - 50's. Sashing and border fabrics appear closer to 1870. Paisley prints consistently used in the intersections. Excellent condition. Measures 78" x 81"; Pennsylvania origin.
Mennonite Dresden Plate Quilt: Circa 1900; Pennsylvania
Center medallion Dresden Plate quilt surrounded by partial blocks of the same pattern. Multicolored embroidery adds to the radiating effect. Pristine condition. Mid-weight wools; cable quilting in border. Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Mennonite origin. Circa 1900. Measures 76" square.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Striking Barnraising Log Cabin quilt done with a wonderful variety of wool challis fabrics. Both the plaid border and purple centers add tremendous visual punch. Fabrics are strong; two areas of slight discoloration on the border. Measures 82" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Star Spangled Banner Quilt: Circa 1880; Ohio
This strong Star Spangled Banner quilt is further emboldened by the use of solid color fabrics as well as the large size of the quilt. What is now a warm grey probably began as green. It has oxidized evenly and the color is very pleasing. The star motif is repeated in with LeMoyne stars in quilting. Sawtooth border is an excellent continuation of the triangles making up the stars. Unwashed condition. Measures 91" square; Ohio origin.
Stylized Baskets Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
This unusual geometric quilt can be seen in several ways. Vertically, the large blocks look like giant Hourglass patterns. Horizontally, they look like stylized Baskets. In either case, it is an imaginative pattern, well executed. Unwashed condition with several minor age spots. Measures 70" x 82"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890. A note pinned to the quilt says it was "pieced by Grandmother Haines - signed Grace Woodbury".
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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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