This Fence Rail Log Cabin doll quilt is made of richly colored plush velvets. Each block is just 2 inches to a side. The quilt is in a goldleaf frame (not of the period) measuring 13 3/4" x 20".
The quilt appears to be in perfect condition although I have not seen it out of the frame. There are a few chips to the frame.
The colors are beautifully coordinated. The quilt dates to about the 1890's.
This Quaker silk Herringbone doll quilt makes a dramatic three dimensional pattern. It is made of a combination of solid and printed fabrics. They are in slightly delicate condition as one usually finds with silks. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 17 1/2" x 20". The quilt is from Chester County, Pennsylvania; Quaker origin; circa 1870.
This late 19th century doll quilt is made with the same triangles throughout but the use of color gives one corner the look of a Streak of Lightning and the rest Wild Goose Chase. It is in excellent condition with a nice variety of fabrics including a paisley backing. It is tied rather than quilted. Measurements are 12 3/4" x 17"; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This spool doll bed is charming in itself but even more so with the inclusion of its original linens. It has a mattress; quilt and pillow all done in beautiful 1870's fabrics.
The bed measures 11 1/4" long; 7" wide and 9" to the top of the headboard.
On the bottom is written that it was made in 1905.
This Center Medallion or One Patch Doll Quilt begins with fabrics from the 1830's in the center. It works its way to the 1880's in the border and outer frames. The fabrics are all in excellent condition. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 16 3/4" x 18 3/4". Pennsylvania origin.
Nine Patch doll quilt on a vibrant red print ground consisting of several different printed fabrics. It is machine quilted in a pattern of squares like the nine patches. There are three size groups of nine patches. Could this have been because they were leftover from other quilts or were they practice patches for a young girl? Measurements are 16 1/2" x 23 1/2". Parkersburg, West Virginia origin; circa 1890.
Diamond in squares doll quilt (aka economy patch) with both funkiness and great attention to detail. The border around the diamonds in squares alternates between the green calico and brown printed fabrics. Surely this is an indication of the care with which the maker created this small quilt. At the same time, the backing consists of a central calico bar set at an angle between two sections of brown wool. Intentional or careless? Who knows? It is nicely hand quilted. Wool and cotton fabrics.... Click for details
This triangles pattern doll quilt can be seen as a number of patterns. The square blocks divided into two triangles are put together so as to look like an Hourglass: Pinwheel or Broken Dishes. It is nicely quilted in double rows; in excellent condition. Measurements are 14 1/2" x 22". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890. The color is more toward marigold than shows on my monitor.
This charming One Patch Doll Quilt was either the practice piece of a child or the work of a mother whose good intentions exceeded her skill. I believe it was meant to be a One Patch with all equal squares. Overall, it does "read" like a checkerboard pattern but in fact, some of the blue striped blocks are elongated rectangles (one in a different direction than the others) and some of the red blocks are narrowed. It is hand quilted in brown thread. Measures 16 1/2" square. There is a hole in one... Click for details
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul doll quilt that is both quilted and tied. Both the colors and pattern itself give this a terrific positive/negative effect. Pink is cotton and the black is velvet. Excellent condition. Professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 11 1/2" x 15 1/4".
Maryland origin; circa 1920.
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, stellarubin.com