Two beautiful sterling with ebony serving pieces by silver master, William Spratling. Both are in excellent condition.
Large serving spoon measures 11 1/4" long. Hallmark dates it to 1949 - 56.
Small ladle is 6 3/4" long. Rope twist on silver part of handle. Hand hammering visible on inside of bowl. 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Los Castillo married metals pitcher in three different colors. Made of silver, copper and brass. Leaf top is continuation of gracefully curved stem handle. Top is hinged to make for easier filling with liquid and ice cubes. Measures 10" to top of lid. Could use a good cleaning but otherwise in perfect condition.
Streamlined and elegant belt buckle and cuff links by Sigi in sterling silver and ebony. Straightforward and perfectly proportioned. All are well hallmarked.
Buckle measures is very slightly curved; measures 2 5/8" wide and 1 1/4" tall.
Cuff links are flat; 5/8" x 7/8"
Sterling silver cuff links by Sigfrido Pineda (aka Sigi). All 1950's; excellent condition and well hallmarked.
Left - Very three dimensional with silver ball in the center. Measures 1" x 3/4".
Center - Trapezoid 1" x 5/8".
Right - 2 equal size silver balls and one slightly larger on each cuff link. 1" x 3/4".
Extraordinary Sun Face Ashtray by silver master, William Spratling. The only other known example is illustrated in "William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance". Described as an ashtray but without indentations for the cigarette, it makes an equally wonderful table sculpture or container for small jewelry or change. Measures 4" x 4 1/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall. Ebony and sterling; circa 1940.
Sterling silver earrings by silver master, William Spratling. Both pairs have 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Stars - 1" in diameter SOLD
Shells - 7/8" x 1 1/2". Screwback seems to have been replaced on one earring as it lacks the maker's mark and shows evidence of something underneath. $525.
Sculptural wood handled with sterling silver blade knife designed by silver master, William Spratling. Excellent condition. Measures 7 1/8" long and 2 1/8" at widest part of handle. 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Huge sterling silver Carnation Brooch by the most well known of the Castillo brothers, Chato. He was the only one of the five brothers who designed under his own name while working with the family studio. Measures 4 5/8" long and 2 1/4" wide. Extremely graceful, layered design. Circa 1950.
This inlaid wood brooch depicting a male tennis player is difficult to categorize because it is so unusual. Extremely finely executed with multiple woods and beautiful detail. Measures 2 3/8" wide and 1 3/4" tall. Excellent condition; circa 1930.
Brooches by Margot de Taxco; circa 1950.
Left - White and soft blue enamel. Excellent condition. Looks equally good worn in any direction. Measures 2 3/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall.
Right - Sterling bow with hammered and oxidized ornamentation. Matching earrings available on this site as Item # 597323. Measures 2 3/4" wide and 2" tall.
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