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

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

Bowmansville, Pennsylvania Postage Stamp Quilt: Circa 1880
There is a Postage Stamp quilt pattern characteristic of the hamlet of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. Many variations are known but essentially they share in common a central frame around which One Patches fill the surrounding area. This example has two outstanding features. One is the square in the center. Other examples with which I am familiar continue the One Patch theme to the center of the quilt. The second possibly unique feature of this quilt is the zigzag or streak of... Click for details
Pennsylvania Album Quilt; Circa 1860
This unusual Album Quilt is beautifully planned; quilted and appliqued. The central Democrat Rose (aka Rose of Sharon) block is four times the size of the others making a great focal point. Two of the opposing corner blocks are very similar wreaths and the other two corners are repeated thistle-like blocks. Four of the remaining blocks are very finely worked variations of open wreaths. One is "fussy cut" and the others have exquisitely fine embroidery. The quilting is at least as well done as... Click for details
Postage Stamp Straight Furrows Quilt Top; Circa 1880's; Pa.
This Postage Stamp quilt top has over 14,296 pieces. Each square is slightly over half an inch to a side. The maker further added to her design with an elongated triangle border. It is entirely hand pieced. Colors of the many prints are laid out to create a diagonal line of color making for a Straight Furrows pattern. The top is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 80". Pennsylvania origin; made 1880's.
Illinois Amish Roman Stripe Quilt: Circa 1880's
This Illinois Amish Roman Stripe quilt is dramatic because of the colors; small scale of the blocks and having them set on a diagonal. The consistent use of the same red fabric for each of the longest strips heightens the diagonal stripe. Upon close inspection, one can see that the opposing black borders are pieced with the same diamond shapes as the body of the quilt. It is made of wool with a machine done pre-quilted backing. The quilt was made by Kate Fugate (nee Sunning). She stated that... Click for details
Inscribed  and Dated 1845 Wedding Quilt; New Jersey
This overwhelming wedding quilt is made of Variable Star blocks, each a different red printed fabric. All of the blocks are signed with names from New Jersey. The center Compass block has a detailed inked inscription that reads "Samuel C Deacon Mary A Deacon 1846 As we have got married and the most of you are not I hope you will not long tarry in making up the plot Mary A Bodine and Samuel C Deacon was married the 18th day of December 1845 February 4th 1846". Additional drawings and... Click for details
One Patch Youth Size Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This large size crib quilt might better be referred to as a youth quilt. It is an unusual size, measuring 54" x 46". It is comprised of beautiful, well blended brown prints from the 1870's and 1880's. It has a very light batting. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; last quarter of the 19th century.
Concentric Octagons Quilt: Circa 1880;Pennsylvania
This stunning quilt of Concentric Octagons is a real eye dazzler. The Pinwheel center draws the eye to the heart of the bullseye. The fabrics are all prints with the exception of the solid red which adds to its prominence. The quilt is from the estate of Harriet Heffner in Limeport, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County). Measurements are 87 inches square. Excellent, probably unwashed condition.
Puss in the Corner Quilt: Dated 1841; Pennsylvania
This Puss in the Corner quilt (aka Improved Nine Patch) is made with a beautiful selection of early 19th century printed fabrics. The four corners use the same materials. Sewn to the quilt is a label with the name Martha Hershey Coppenhaffer and the date 1841. It is from the same family in York, Pennsylvania as the preceding listing, item #1429566. The interior of the quilt is in excellent condition. There is, however, wear to the border and backing. It is nicely quilted with pinwheels and... Click for details
Chintz Wholecloth Reversible Quilt: Circa 1850; Pennsylvania
This beautiful early quilt is totally reversible. While the way the binding is sewn leads me to believe the maker intended the Bars to be the primary side, to my eye, the Wholecloth Chintz is preferable. It is sewn of three panels, each 24 1/2 inches wide with an extra 3 3/4 inches along one side. The shading of the various blue flowers is stunning. The Bars side is made of two fabrics. One is a tiny geometric print and the other is floral. Quilting is done with diamonds throughout. Condition... Click for details
Concentric Squares Quilt with Four Patch: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
At first glance, this may look like a Log Cabin quilt but in fact, it is concentric squares with Four Patch centers. The quilt is made entirely of wool challis with the same red and green prints used throughout. The centers are a greater selection of prints, many of which have light tones that give a bit of a twinkle to an otherwise fairly dark quilt. It is in excellent condition. Measurements are 82" x 92', quite large for the time period. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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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.

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