This extraordinary Postage Stamp quilt was made by Mrs. Cecelia Abbott of LeRaysville, Pennsylvania in 1891. It merited an article in the Wyalusing Rocket, a local newspaper.
The pieces are barely more than half an inch to a side. Multiple designs cover the entire quilt, not least of which are the red Nine Patches in the center of each corner block and the orange and teal centers of each block throughout the quilt.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition.
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Antonio Pineda, one of the most respected of Taxco's mid 20th century jewelry designers was well known for the architectural quality of many of his designs. The intertwined Circles bracelet epitomizes that quality of his work. Silver balls are mounted within hinged circles. The bracelet is 1 1/8 " tall and 3/16" thick. It weighs a hefty 131 grams. It has a push clasp and safety chain. When closed, the bracelet is 2 3/4" in diameter suitable for a medium/ large wrist. The safety chain makes it... Click for details
These four metal letters can be arranged to spell: keep; peek or peke (short for Pekingese).
They measure 2 inches tall. Holes drilled in each letter make it easy to hang on a wall or spread on a table, if you prefer.
The blocks of this Window Pane quilt are connected with a triple sashing and Nine Patches.
It has been professionally laundered so the front is now spotless although a f ew light spots remain on the back that do not show through.
Sewn to the back of the quilt is a note that reads " The lining is homespun. This quilt was made from dresses from Hannah Tripp and her sister when they were girls. It was made a long time before her marriage in 1840. This belongs to Ina Haskins Lewis (?). Photos of... Click for details
Trip Around the World quilt with unusually small pieces. Each block measures just 7/8" to a side. The quilt has a terrific variety of entirely printed fabrics from the late 19th century. The colors are well placed to show off the light and dark contrast.
The quilt measures 70" x 78". Missouri origin; made circa 1890.
This is a stunning example of a Flying Geese (some would call it Wild Goose Chase) quilt from the first half of the 19th century. The small triangles are made of a rich variety of printed fabrics. The solid Bars are an unusual glazed chintz with a Gothic Revival theme. Deer are seen next to the pointed arch buildings.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Quilting is done with alternating bands of diagonal lines. Measurements are 93 inches square.
This hefty silver and amethyst bracelet by Antonio Pineda is an extremely rare design. Ten sterling links measuring 1 3/16" each in width separate amethyst tubes. The bracelet has an invisible push clasp and original safety chain. It has an inside circumference of 7 1/4 inches fitting a medium wrist. The bracelet weighs a substantial 127 grams.
There is little doubt that the Baskets on this 1930's quilt are the smallest and cutest ever. Each measures 2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches at the widest allowing for a total of 330 Baskets. All have solid red handles and bodies of a variety of 1930's printed fabrics. Many times, the handles of baskets are sewn by machine but on this quilt they are all done by hand. Condition is excellent. There are three small stains on the back that do not show through on the front. Measurements are 62" x 92".
Six handmade steel cubes may have been practice pieces for a welder or architect. They are 1 15/16" to a side.
The cubes are like tinker toys for adults. One can amuse one's self by mixing and matching various combinations.
Made probably mid 20th century.
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.
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