Nine Patch/ Sampler Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
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.
Nine Patch: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin
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.
Ledesma Gold Brooch with  Green Agate
Gold brooch with a central green agate and surrounded by small circular similar stones. The brooch was made by Ledesma, one of the well known jewelers of Taxco in the mid 20th century. Almost all of their work was in sterling silver rather than gold. It is likely this was a custom made piece. The brooch measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Made of 14 karat gold; circa 1960. Condition is excellent. The light area is a reflection in the photo only. Color of the actual stone is consistent... Click for details
Lady of the Lake Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
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.
Rose Wreaths Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
This appliqued wreaths quilt goes by various names, most often Rose Wreath. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Finely cross stitched on the back are the initials CWK. Could this be a sister of FEK, written on the back of Item 1452729? Both are embroidered by the same hand. Quilting is done with outlines around the applique and diamonds throughout the border. Measurements are 72" x 86". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt:: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This is a wonderful example of a classic Barnraising Log Cabin quilt. It is especially crisp and bold. It is in unwashed, unused condition. The solid red centers really stand out next to the printed multicolor fabrics. "Conversational prints" include tennis rackets; horseshoes and an acrobat balancing on a ball. Finely cross stitched on the back are the initials FEK. Measurements are 76" x 88". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Postage Stamp Quilt with 16,665 Pieces; 1891; Pennsylvania
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. A note sewn to the back,... Click for details
Antonio Pineda Circles Bracelet
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
Metal Letters Spelling Keep or Peek
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.
Early Windowpane with Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1830
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
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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, stellarubin.com


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