Totally charming, homemade Mennonite black chicken toy. She is made of cotton with embroidered eyes and a pleated red comb. There is a feathered pocket(?) on one side. There may have been one on the other side as well.
Measurements are 10 1/4 inches from beak to tail and 9 inches to the top of the comb.
Made circa 1900; Pennsylvania origin.
Pair of charming, well crafted watercolor paintings of scenes in Taxco, Mexico that were done about 1950. The paintings are signed "M. Reina". Manuel Reina is a known artist who favored scenes of Mexican villages.
The paintings are in handmade wood frames that are carved to appear like the bark of a tree. The frames measure 11 1/2" x 14". The paintings within are 6" x 9".
The paintings very effectively evoke the feeling of a Mexican pueblo. Condition is excellent.
Sold as a pair.
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.
Six handmade steel cubes may have been practice pieces for a welder or architect. They are 1 15/16" to a side.
The cubes are like tinker toys for adults. One can amuse one's self by mixing and matching various combinations.
Made probably mid 20th century.
This trio of homemade dolls has could not be more charming. All have clothes pins for their bodies. The dolls on the left and the right are elaborately dressed with layers of petticoats. The macrocephalic girl in the middle has a dress and necklace but lacks the undergarments of the other two. She has an embroidered face and cap. She is 6 3/4" long. The left doll is the smallest of the group measuring just 4 1/2" tall. Her face, including teeth, is embroidered. She has hair and a head scarf. The... Click for details
Both the shape of this basket and the fact that it has double swing handles make it most unusual. The basket is 8 1/4" long; 3 1/4" at the widest and 3 " tall excluding the handles. Condition is excellent and patina is beautiful. The basket is from Pennsylvania; circa 1900.
Handmade sterling silver box with a carved onyx face that is emblematic of the work of Fred Davis. Davis was the first person to promote Mexican folk art and jewelry, beginning work in Mexico City in the 1920's.
This beautifully crafted box was probably made for cigarettes but would serve equally well for business cards or other small items. Hand hammer marks are intentionally visible on the inside with a smooth finish on the outside.
The box measures 3 1 1/6" wide; 4 1/16" long and 5/16"... Click for details
This pair of wood glove stretchers is unusually thick, measuring 9/16" in depth. The larger of the two is 15 inches long. While one is marked with an incised letter S, they seem anything but small.
The pair have a wonderful look of an abstract sculpture and would be nice ornaments on a wall or table. One already has a loop for hanging and the other could easily have one added.
They are priced at $235. for the pair.
Hand carved wood frame depicting the amusements and vices of the 1920's. It includes: dice; a champagne bottle; playing cards; polo equipment; sheet music; a flapper girl and, most surprising of all - a dreidel. How this fits with the other images is a mystery. The dreidel is a four sided top used in a children's game at Channukah.
The frame is hand carved and painted. It is titled Spice of Life. The frame measures 9 3/4" x 12". The opening is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and would be perfect for either a... Click for details
Handmade inlaid wood lamp made to look like a candlestick. It is well made with a variety of woods. The base and stick are octagonally shaped. The lamp is 6 1/2 inches tall without the electric bulb. It has an on and off switch and is in good working order.
American made circa 1930.
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