A broad variety of fabrics dating from the 1850's to 1870's form the center squares of this pristine, unwashed quilt. Unusual to have the yellow calico background. Pennsylvania origin. Measures 76 inches square.
Very striking version of a Baskets quilt of Lancaster County Mennonite origin. All quilting done in dark thread with the exception of the handles which are machine quilted in white. Border fabric is a slightly darker red of cotton sateen. Blue is actually a dark navy. Measures 78" x 82".
This Sunflower pattern can also loosely be described as a Mariner's Compass. It dates to the 1860's and is in pristine, unwashed condition. Two calico prints are used on the front as well as a rich, solid chestnut brown forming the centers. New England origin; measures 75" x 76". Ex- Weld collection.
Straight Furrows Log Cabin pattern quilt; Circa 1890. The variety of black fabrics give this pattern exceptional depth. Mostly wools with some cottons. Pennsylvania Mennonite origin with pieced bars on the back. Colors shown here are more nearly true in close-ups. The black areas are comprised of the same size log cabin strips (not easily illustrated here) as the colored fabrics. 82" x 96"
A pair of Pennsylvania origin Basket with Garlands pattern quilts; Circa 1920. Both have been professionally laundered and are in spotless condition. One shown. Large enough for a pair of either single or double beds. Each 78" x 86"
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