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

Quilts: 19th Century (286)

Pots of Flowers Applique Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Both the pattern and use of solid colors make this Pots of Flowers as exuberant as they come. Large groups of flowers coming out of small flower pots give a whimsical quality. Combining both fruit and flowers also adds to the fanciful design. Small half blocks of flower pots make a nice border in addition to the curved stems rounding out the corner blocks. The quilt seems to have very light batting, if at all. It is very well appliqued but minimally quilted. Condition is excellent and unwashed.... Click for details
Cigar Silks Table Mat: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
This exceptional table mat is made of cigar silks that were used as advertising for cigar companies. They bundled the cigars in groups of 25 - 50 and used the ribbons to tie them together. In addition to being functional, they served as advertising with the name of the company printed on each. This one has several mentions of Harvard and the Harvard Club in addition. Cigars were the most popular tobacco product of the 19th century. The edging of this piece is large and elaborate. It measures... Click for details
Windmill Blades Log Cabin Quilt:L Circa  1880
Solid colors enhance the whirling movement of this Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log cabin quilt. The choice of colors is unusual and pleasing. It may be difficult to tell but the outer border is a dark teal blue/green. The very light pink and celadon are an interesting choice rather than the more often seen white for contrast. The outer border is nicely quilted with flower medallions and scrolling feathers. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 82" x 84. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Tumbling Blocks Antique Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Tumbling Blocks (aka Baby Blocks) is one of the most three dimensional of quilt patterns. As is often the case, in addition to the cubes, one also sees 6 point stars. The use of solid colors in the middle makes the star especially prominent in this quilt. The pattern is made with a tremendous selection of fabrics from the 1870's and 80's, most of which are prints. The border and backing are "double blue" calico seen most often in southeastern Pennsylvania. The entire backing is made of this... Click for details
Broderie Perse Album Quilt: Circa 1845; Baltimore, Maryland
This broderie perse (chintz applique) quilt is as grand as they come. Each block is a finely detailed floral motif, some including birds, with a cross stitched name in the tiniest of stitches. Several of the names include locations, most of which are Baltimore but also showing Alabama; New York; Pennsylvania and England. One can only speculate as to how the quilt found its way to a contributor across the pond. Dated blocks are from 1845. The surnames most often seen are Stewart; ... Click for details
Ohio Stars Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This Ohio Stars antique quilt (aka Variable Stars) is as crisp as the day it was made more than 140 years ago. Clearly, it was packed away and never saw the light of day. Lucky for us. The quilt is done on brick red ground with a nice variety of brown prints for the stars. Each block is 7 1/2 inches to a side. The quilt measures 66" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880..
Spanish American War Patriotic Quilt: Circa 1898
This patriotic quilt was made to commemorate the Spanish American War that took place for 10 weeks in 1898. The main issue was Cuban independence from Spain. Revolts had been occurring for some years in Cuba against Spanish colonial rule. Spain severed diplomatic relations with the United States for its allegiance to Cuba. This nine block quilt depicts eight versions of Old Glory centered with the Cuban flag. The stars are hand appliqued with slight modifications in each flag. Several... Click for details
Feathered Stars Quilt: Maryland; Circa 1850
Finely pieced and quilted Feathered Stars quilt. Each white block is quilted with a different floral motif. The plaid of the stars is a most unusual material. In addition to making a wonderful frame, the double diamond border is a clever continuation of the triangle theme of the feathers. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 86" square. Maryland origin; made circa 1850.
Caesar's Crown with Applique Border:Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
This classic Caesar's Crown quilt is embellished with a swag border with the addition of floral sprigs. There is a single tulip in each corner. It is very well quilted with a variety of stylized flowers. Measurements are 88" square, large enough for a queen or king size bed. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1860.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This is a very striking example of a classic Barnraising Log Cabin quilt. The fabrics are prints with the exception of the red centers that really "pop" against the calico. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. The back is a pieced Bars pattern to which the quilt is totally reversible. It is red and pink, as is the front, but with different materials. The quilt is from Egypt, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County); made circa 1880. Measurements are 72" square.
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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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