This Cotton Crazy Quilt is truly a collage of fabrics. The center has the structure of a Nine Patch within a Diamond in a Square. This unusual touch pulls in your eye before wandering around the composition of irregularly shaped pieces. It is made of a wonderful variety of late 19th century fabrics and is in mint condition. The red and white polka dot fabric is a bold and effective frame for this unusual quilt. Measurements are 86" x 92"; Pennsylvania origin.
Beautifully quilted version of a Caesar's Crown quilt. The diamond shapes of the border are repeated in each crown block, making for a nice interplay between the two. It is also interesting to note that the white off blocks create a secondary pattern of a four leaf clover.
Professionally laundered and in excellent condition. Measures 86" x 90": Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
This is a classic Log Cabin Barnraising quilt in traditionally Pennsylvania colors. The particular use of lights and darks gives tremendous depth to the pattern. A note attached to the back reads "C Enoch Snyder receiving this quilt when 8 years old from his mother 1909 Lead a (sic) honest and holy life".
Enoch must have treasured this gift for it is in pristine, un-used condition. Measurements are 91" square. The backing is an especially rich paisley print to which the quilt can be reversed... Click for details
This Evening Stars Quilt is a lovely variation of a traditional pattern. Placing one star within another and placing the red stars abutting one another creates a variety of optical illusions and additional patterns. The quilt is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; circa 1880.
It is finely quilted with several different floral patterns in the white blocks, a nice counterpoint to the geometric stars. It has been professionally laundered. There is very slight fading along part of one green edge but... Click for details
This basic Sixteen Patch quilt has an unusual vibrancy because of the flame red used next to a variety of brown and black fabrics. The red binding frames it well. All of the materials are fairly heavy wool. There are a few area of slight discoloration to the browns but they are dark marks on dark fabric so they are barely visible. Measurements are 61" x 65". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
These three mid 19th century, oval pantry boxes are in untouched condition in their original dark blue/green paint. The smallest is 1 3/4" tall; 3 1/2" deep and 4 3/4" wide. It has a small crack on the bottom.
The middle box is 2" tall; 4" deep and 5 3/4" wide. There is a tiny piece missing from the bottom of the back. Both flaws are shown in thumbnail photos.
The largest 2 3/8" tall; 4 1/4" deep and 5 9/16" wide. It has no condition apologies. There is writing on the top but it is difficult... Click for details
These are two homemade cat toys from the turn of the century. On the left is a sock cat with an embroidered face and a wonderful three dimensional tongue. It measures 9 1/2" tall from the base to the tip of the ears. New England origin. SOLD
On the right is a cat that may have been meant as a squeak toy. One can feel a metal ring inside it. It may have been inserted to give it structure or it may have given off a noise. This poor critter is missing one of its appliqued eyes. It measures 11"... Click for details
This is an early and unusual quilt combining LeMoyne Stars and Tulip patterns. It is made with a wonderful array of early 19th century fabrics. The tan sashing was the perfect color choice to blend with the blues; browns and pinks of the quilt. Written in one of the pink tulip blocks is the inked signature of C.E. Cronkite who may have been the maker.
Opposing top and bottom corners are variations of the primary stars.
Measurements are 75" x 88".
A tag sewn to the back indicates it was... Click for details
This charming homemade doorstop in the form of a sheep has lots of personality. She is wearing a coral ribbon in her hair. Her face and under ears are made of corduroy and eyes are leather. She measures 4 1/2" tall and 6" deep. This functional folk art was made by Ida Leaman Witmer ; Lancaster County, Pa. in the 12930's.
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