Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, CribStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, Crib

Quilts: Crib (58)

Cotton Crazy and Embroidered Crib Quilt; Dated 1885; Massachusetts
Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message: Your childhood years, they will soon be over And your school days, then all will be... May health, wealth and happiness be your lot As long as your life shall last. Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet And decked it with colors all bright And when you are warmly tucked into your bed Then think of your Grandma - Good night. Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 ; June 11th, 1885.Detail photos show the animals and figures... Click for details
Baltimore Album Crib Quilt Top: Circa 1850
Rarely does one fine a true Baltimore Album Crib quilt. This fine example has all the bells and whistles. Each of the four different blocks is typical of those found in in what is probably the most desirable of early/mid 19th century quilt genres, the Baltimore Album. In addition to flowers, the top left urn has a lovely bird perched on a leaf. The upper right cornucopia has flowers; fruit and a butterfly. The lower left has the sliced watermelon with a knife seen, in my experience, almost... Click for details
Broderie Perse Dresser Scarf: Circa 1830
This rare broderie perse (chintz applique) dresser scarf is one of the most delicate pieces I have seen. The applique and hemmed edging are sewn with exquisitely tiny stitches. The fabrics appear to be block printed. The piece measures 15 1/2" x 47"; all fabrics are cotton. Condition is excellent. This is a wonderful piece of American decorative art whether used on a table or mounted on a wall. Made circa 1830.
Rose Wreath Crib Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
This charming Rose Wreath crib quilt makes the perfect wall hanging. It measures 36 inches square so it can be hung on point, a feature not often found. The sawtooth border makes a wonderful frame and adds a new shape to the curved flowers and leaves. The green of the sawtooth is calico. All of the other colors are solid. The border is quilted with a swag and a variety of patterns in the body of the quilt. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
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.
Georgetown Circle Crib Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This striking crib quilt goes by many different names, among which are Georgetown Circle; Crown of Thorns and English Wedding Ring. This bold example makes wonderful use of the combination of red, orange and green to create several different patterns. The quilt measures 39 inches to a side. Because it is square, displaying it on point adds an entirely new dimension to the pattern. Condition is excellent. York County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
Hand Painted Fabric Map of United States; Circaa 1920
This hand painted map of the United States is surely a one of a kind. It is titled "Early America" with images of iconic American scenes such as a Conestoga wagon and a Native American on horseback. Around the border are names of famous Americans such as Paul Revere and Daniel Boone. The front is linen with a textured cotton backing. Measurements are 15 1/2" x 20". There is a little bit of fraying around some of the edging and a small worn spot where the Carolinas would be. Made circa 1920.
Rose of Sharon Crib Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
Rose of Sharon goes by several different names. Among them are: Tea Rose; Antique Rose; Whig Rose and Democrat Rose. Regardless of the name, it is a graceful pattern that is rarely seen in crib size. This fine example is beautifully framed with a tulip, leaf and vine border. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 42 inches square. Because it is square, it can be hung on point for dramatic effect
Ohio Amish Hole in the Barn Door Doll Quilt: Circa 1920
This Ohio Amish Hole in the Barn Door is large for a doll quilt. It measures 18" x 22 1/2". Some would call this size a cradle quilt. Regardless of how one labels it, the quilt is charming. Each block is nicely scaled at 2 3/4" in diameter. It is hand quilted with postage stamp size squares in white thread. The binding is done by machine as is often the case with Amish quilts.The backing is the same blue fabric as used on the front. Condition is excellent. Ohio origin; circa 1920.
One Patch  Crib Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
The giant X makes a standout of this One Patch crib quilt. Within the One Patches are four Nine Patch blocks giving even more interest to the movement of the eye around the quilt. It is in pristine; unwashed condition. Measurements are 40 inches square. The use of a Bars pattern for the backing is indicative of the quilt's southeastern Pennsylvania origin. Made 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.

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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