Double Wedding Ring was one of the most popular quilt patterns in the 1930's. In almost all instances, it was made primarily with printed fabrics. This solid color example is far more unusual and, to my eye, more sophisticated. It is made with several closely related pinks and blues and the same red and white creating Four Patches in the center. It is nicely quilted and in excellent condition. Measurements are 74" x 96" to the outer edges of the scallops. Virginia origin; circa 1930.
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.
At first glance, some would think this is a Hawaiian quilt - not so. It is similar to Hawaiian in that it has the solid color central applique design but there the similarity ends. This quilt has pairs of lovebirds; stars and swags, not seen on quilts of the islands. True, the leaf designs have similarity.
This quilt measures 78" x 80". It is quilted in diamond designs, unlike the echo quilting of Hawaiian pieces. The binding is machine stitched. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
This Love Apple quilt is an extremely graceful, sinuous pattern that reminds me of a ballet dance. The flowering trees are exceptional in themselves with the outer branches seeming like outreached arms. The undulating vine throughout the pattern holds it all together in a most elegant way.
Quilting patterns repeat the appliqued leaves. The color choices add to the appeal of this rarely seen pattern.
Measurements are 88" x 90. Condition is excellent. Rochester, New York origin; circa 1870.
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.
This combination of a Rising Suns pattern with quadruple hearts is delicate and finely done. The Suns are made with an extensive variety of beautiful printed fabrics. The hearts are all of the same red fabric with embroidered stems. It is quilted throughout with small squares.
The quilt has been professionally laundered. Very, very close examination shows several small darned areas but they are not readily visible.
Measurements are 74" x 86". New York State origin; circa 1850.
Playful and unusual quilt of Swirling Pinwheels alternating with triple stems of floral applique. Both the colors and pattern are out of the ordinary.
The fabrics are probably home dyed which I conclude based upon the irregularity of the colors. There is ever so slight surface soiling but I have not had the quilt laundered out of concern for the possibility of further loss of color. The quilt is dynamic in spite of its condition issues.
Measurements are 63" x 83". Missouri origin; circa 1870.
This unusual quilt is a combination of Nine Patch with a variety of additional blocks that include among others:
Pinwheel; Rolling Stone; Bowtie and Hourglass. They are scattered throughout with no discernible overall design.
The quilt is made of a nice variety of late 19th century calico fabrics. The border utilizes two closely related "double pink" calico prints. It is in excellent, probably unwashed condition.
Measurements are 80" x 82". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This Nine Patch quilt is especially nice for the blue ground on which it is set. Between the Nine Patch blocks are triangles that create an Octagon. The Octagon blocks are quilted with white thread creating a Nine Patch with curved sides.
The quilt is in the same pristine condition as the day it was made nearly 100 years ago. Measurements are 78" x 85". Written in pencil on the back is the surname Biley.
Made circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin.
Lady of the Lake can best be described as a more complex version of the Ocean Waves pattern. Rather than the usual open center to each large block, it is divided into four triangles. The solid red of this example makes for an especially dynamic pattern. It is nicely quilted with diagonal lines in the body and a rope pattern in the border.
This quilt is in excellent, probably unused condition. Measurements are 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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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