This Four Patch variation quilt begins with a simple pattern but it has so much going on that it is difficult to know where to begin in describing it. The actual Four Patch is set within a Nine Patch block. Most of the fabrics are conversational prints. Many of them have animal themes, especially horses and dogs. In addition, there are elephants; geishas; postage stamps; roosters and children. There is a tremendous variety of indigo prints with few repeats...
Charming cat toy made of wool mohair, circa 1920. The eyes and nose are machine appliqued. Whiskers and ear details are embroidered. The cat is in very good, but not perfect condition. Several small holes reveal bits of the lining but do not detract from his cheerful look. The cat measures 10 1/4 inches tall from the front paws to the tips of the ears and eight inches wide at the base.
Handmade high button shoes that were used for store display; circa 1890. The boots measure 17 1/2 inches tall and 17 1/2 inches from toe to heel. They are made of leather in delicate condition. They have a label inside that is difficult to read but is definitely from Los Angeles. It is difficult to understand the wear on the soles that looks as though they've been walked in. It is unimaginable that someone was large enough to wear them. The mystery adds to their charm.
The use of solid colors makes this Double Wedding Ring quilt more sophisticated than when done with the small prints one usually sees. It has the finest quilting I have ever seen on this pattern. Each white open center is densely filled with flowers and leaves. The soft colors are perfectly blended. There is an inconspicuous tear about the size of a pea in one border but no other condition apologies. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930. Measurements are 70" x 80".
This reversible comforter is probably meant to have the Nine Patch as the front as that is the side on which it is tied. To my eye, the One Patch is far more beautiful as both the color combination and the printed fabrics are luscious. The primary red print has birds in nests. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It is from Frederick County, Maryland; circa 1880's.
This graceful Sailboats quilt appears to be an original pattern with a very Deco sense. The combination of colors gives it a soft feel even though it is made totally of hard edge pieces. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. It is quilted with concentric arcs. Measurements are 70" x 82". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
The blue background sky of this interesting Airplanes quilt gives an entirely different secondary pattern to the whole quilt. The blue and peach, being of similar size and color values, vie for primary position making a completely abstract pattern. I expect this was unintentional on the part of the maker. Measurements are 62" x 72"; excellent condition. Made circa 1930.
This charming rug depicts three roosters in profile. It is made of cottons; circa 1930. The front is in excellent condition. The backing has some stitched reinforcements along the binding. They are not visible on the front. Measurements are 22" x 39". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
This Airplanes with Eagles quilt pattern was created in 1929 to commemorate Charles Lindberg's 1927 transatlantic flight in The Spirit of St. Louis from Long Island to France. Lindberg flew solo in 33 1/2 hours and became known as The Lone Eagle. The flight made Lindberg an American hero. This quilt alternates pieced airplanes with quilted eagles. It is in excellent condition. Measurements are 68" x 88".
Double Wedding Ring was one of the most popular patterns in the 1930's. In almost all instances, it was made primarily with printed fabrics. This solid color example is far more unusual and, to my eye, more sophisticated. It is made with several closely related pinks and blues and the same red and white creating Four Patches in the center. It is nicely quilted and in excellent condition. Measurements are 74" x 96" to the outer edges of the scallops. Virginia origin; circa 1930.
This exceptional Trip Around the World Quilt could hardly have been made with smaller pieces. Each is less than 3/4" to a side. It is made with alternating rows of solid and printed fabrics that are well arranged for color. It is in pristine condition. Measurements to the outside edges are 72" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
In most Fundraising quilts, names of donors are embroidered around a traditional quilt pattern. In this unusual quilt, the entire design is made of the embroidered names. It creates an interesting, spare, linear pattern. Within a star in the center of the quilt is the name of Reverend C.A. Butz for whom the quilt was evidently made, perhaps for his departure from the parish. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 74".
This Bunny Rabbits quilt has the charm to please a child or adult. The blue background with light and dark frames makes it more sophisticated and out of the realm of cutesy. One wonders why the lower left corner doesn't continue the darker blue border. Not enough material? It is quilted with white thread. The body of the quilt is done with a waffle pattern and a cable in the border. It is in spotless, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" x 81"; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
This is a charming pair of different size frog pillows from Maine made in the 1930's. They are stuffed with pine needles as is evident from the holes in the smaller frog. The tops are made of wool felt with cotton for the bottoms. The larger frog measures 16 inches in length; the smaller is 12".
Unlike many Bowtie quilt patterns, this charming crib quilt has an unusual positive/negative effect. While the primary Bowties are blue, one can also see the white blocks as echoing them. Several different, very closely related solid blue fabrics were used. The border is nicely quilted with overlapping circles. The quilt is in excellent condition. It measures 33 1/2" x 36 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
If ever a quilt had good karma, this is it. Embroidered are the messages: Sweet Remembrance: Think of Me; May You be Happy; and A Keepsake for Myra. It is also signed Made by MCG and Dated March, 1906. The Fans are set up in an unusual and very effective way. Setting them in vertical rows and placing them in opposing directions makes for a wonderful abstract pattern. The quilt is in excellent condition; Maryland origin. Measurements are 69" x 82".
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
Child size on left $450 Adult pair SOLD
Child size on left $450 Adult pair SOLD
Both pairs of heavily mended; patched and embroidered overalls have taken on a life of their own. They owners of these work pants were either very poor and/or very dedicated to their clothing. They are reminiscent of the tradition of Japanese boros in which clothing and bedcovers are mended many times over and elevated in status from functional textiles to that of art. It is not a tradition, though, that one often sees in this country...
This whimsical concrete dog was surely meant for a garden but I am sure he is housebroken and would be equally happy indoors. The dog measures 13 1/4" tall and 9" from front to back. It is nicely hand painted with a bit of a silly smile. Made circa 1930's.