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
Unusual pear shaped sterling silver necklace by Hector Aguilar. The hallmark dates it to the time between 1948 and 1962.
Each link is 1 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch at its widest. Rivets are both decorative and functional as they allow the links to swivel making it very comfortable to wear. The necklace is 17 1/2 inches long with an invisible clasp that is perfectly integrated into the design of the necklace.
Hector Aguilar is well known as one of the important mid 20th century designers of... Click for details
This scrolling gold, diamond and ruby brooch by Tiffany is the epitome of Retro design. Two draped lengthwise loops of gold give the appearance of fabric. Scrolling across the front is a gracefully curved band of gold on which are nine graduated size rubies and a curl of diamonds. The back has a double pin stem.
The Tiffany France mark is tiny and difficult to photograph but evident in real life. Made in the 1940's; 14 karat gold. The brooch is 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long. Condition is... Click for details
Well made silver and enamel Buckle Bracelet that can be adjusted to two different sizes. The smaller has a diameter of 2 9/16" and the larger is 2 15/16". It would likely fit a man or woman. The bracelet is 3/8" tall; enamel is dark brown and in excellent condition. The keeper hooks over the buckle. The bracelet is hinged on the back.
Maker's marks are not decipherable. Made 1960's.
This early Los Castillo piece is both a brooch and a pendant. The construction allows it to be worn in several ways. The bail can be folded over in the back or temporarily removed.
The piece measures 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" (without the bail). Sitting in the concave bed is a cabochon amethyst measuring 1/2" x 3/4". It is held in place by four artfully designed prongs.
The pendant was made in the 1950's; condition is excellent.... Click for details
Exquisite hand hammered sterling silver bowl by silver master, William Spratling. The bowl has an unusual elongated shape with four lobes. The outside has a smooth finish and the inside intentionally shows the hand hammering marks. The footed bowl is 2 3/4 inches tall; 6 1/8" long and 5 1/8" wide. It has been professionally polished and is in excellent condition. The bowl weighs 261 grams.
The bottom bears Spratling's marks dating to the 1940's.
William Spratling is well known as the father of... Click for details
This large size sterling silver ring and earring set was made by Minas (Minas Spiridis), Greek jeweler since the 1970's. His work is characterized by fluid, streamlined designs. Minas died in April, 2020 at the age of 82.
The diagonal stripe design is sterling and what I believe to be a gold wash. The ring is 1 3/16 inches in length and 13/16" in width. It is size 6 1/2 and can easily be sized up or down. Condition is excellent. Price is $435.
The earrings are 1 1/4" long and 7/8" wide. Clip... Click for details
This sterling silver Butterfly brooch was one of Spratling's early, very popular designs. The streamlined form very effectively conveys the detailed body of the butterfly. The silver is adorned with two cabochon amethysts.
The brooch measures 2 1/2 inches at its widest and
2 1/8 inches in length. It weighs 40 grams and is in excellent condition. The hallmark dates to the 1940's.
William Spratling was well known as the leader of the mid 20th century design movement in Mexican silver. Many... Click for details
It's most interesting to see two interpretations of this silver feather brooch done by Antonio Pineda over a 15 year period. The example on the left, which seems the simpler of the two, is actually the later example. It has Antonio's mark used from 1953 until his death in 2009. The brooch measures 3 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" tall. It has two scrolls and is in excellent condition.
The three scroll brooch on the right is signed Tono. It measures 4 5/8" wide a 1 1/4" tall. It is totally three dimensional... Click for details
Most unusual sterling silver and moonstone pendant by Antonio Pineda. This very rare form consists of a graceful pendant with two oval moonstones strung on a velvet cord terminating with two silver balls. The pendant measures 3 3/16" wide x 2 1/2" tall. The velvet cord is 27" long and can be tied at any length.
This most unusual necklace can be worn as something either sporty or elegant.
Antonio Pineda was one of the leaders of Mexican silver design in the mid 20th century. Books have been... Click for details
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.
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