There seems to be no end to the creativity shown by 19th century quiltmakers. This original example is centered with a basket of flowers surrounded by additional pots with birds and a variety of flowers. Some of the flowers are three dimensional made by the technique of ruching. The exuberant center is contained by a diamond inner border and finally by Nine Patch Checkerboard blocks. The maker was bold in her choice of fabrics as well as the appliqued designs. The quilt is from Chester County,... Click for details
Geometric large dangle earrings by Mexican designer, Salvador Teran. The earrings are 2" long from the very top to bottom of the dangle. In spite of the large size, they are light enough in weight to be able to be worn comfortably. Screwbacks; circa 1950's.
This Morning Glories quilt combines two traditional patterns that are rarely, if ever, seen together. The geometric Monkey Wrench is an unusual, but effective, matching with the floral pattern. The entire piece is light and airy with lovely quilting and a graceful scalloped border. Measurements are 80" x 92" to outer edges of scallops. Made by Marie Kritcher in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in the 1930's for her son Larry. Perhaps that explains the choice of the Monkey Wrench pattern.
These are two well loved Amish toy dogs made in the early part of the 20th century.
The smaller, on the left, is from Pennsylvania. It is straw filled; made of cotton with shoe button black eyes. It is 5" tall to the tip of the tail and 6 1/4" " long. Very good condition.
The larger is from Ohio; made of wool and also straw filled. It has several old mends and worn spots. measurements are 4 4 3/4" tall and 7 3/4" tall.
Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message:
Your childhood years, they will soon be over
And your school days, then all will be...
May health, wealth and happiness be your lot
As long as your life shall last.
Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet
And decked it with colors all bright
And when you are warmly tucked into your bed
Then think of your Grandma - Good night.
Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 June 11th, 1885
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This positively enormous belt buckle by silver master, Antonio Pineda, transcends jewelry into sculpture. It is 970 silver set with an abstract design in onyx. It was probably a custom made piece. Measurements are 5 5/8" wide x 2 3/8" tall. It would make a wonderful statement on either a man or woman with lots of style.
It is difficult to imagine a family of animal toys cuter or more unusual than these three camels. They are finely detailed with tufted heads and hooves. The selection of fabric accurately represents both the color and texture of camels. The largest is 8" from head to hoof; the smallest is 5". Excellent condition; made circa 1920.
Wonderfully sculptural, original design three panel bracelet. Each wood panel has five facets. It is made of 980 silver, higher quality than sterling. The bracelet has a pin closure; the inside diameter is 2 3/16", fitting a small/ medium wrist.Probably made in the 1950's - 60's.
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 fabulous Bottle Cap Basket is true folk art. It is made of caps from Coca Cola; 7 Up and Dr. Pepper. The wood bottom makes the piece especially functional. It is both strong and sculptural. Excellent condition; circa 1950. Measures - Height: 8 1/2, Width: 17 1/2", Depth: 5", Diameter: 14".
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