Exquisite sterling "casket" box by master designer, William Spratling.
Excellent condition; very finely made. Hand hammer marks visible on inside. Measures 2 1/4" tall; 3 1/4" wide and a hair under 3" deep.
It's not clear for what purpose these wood and silver dishes by William Spratling were intended. The dark spots in the centers indicate they were used as ash trays but this was not necessarily the purpose for which they were made. Can serve well for food or on a dresser for change or jewelry. Wonderfully hand carved bowls. Measure 4" square; circa 1950.
The rarest of the rare - a pair of Hubert Harmon Atomic Bomb Hair Ornaments with three additional pieces that may be either ear cuffs or hair pieces as well. The only other known pair of similar hair ornaments, but without the circular pieces, is illustrated in "William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance". Made of brass; circa 1945. Measure 5 1/4" tall and 2 1/4" wide.
Pair of brooches by William Spratling of sterling hands holding amethyst tulips. This was one of his early designs for which he also made bracelets and necklaces. Unusual to find a pair of brooches. Measure 2 1/4" long; excellent condition. 1940-46 hallmark.
Left - Pre-Columbian motif with substantial amethyst cabochon. Measures 1 1/2" in height; 1 1/8" in width.
Middle - Spratling's representation of "continental solidarity" during World War II. Double pronged fur clip on back. Measures 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall.
Right - Chupamirta Azteca was Spratling's title for this pin also based upon a pre-Columbian motif. Measures 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" tall.
All signed Spratling and all in excellent condition.
Left and middle are sold. Right is... Click for details
Greek Key design necklace, earrings and brooch by Margot de Taxco; circa 1950. Necklace measures 14 1/4" in length; pin can easily be adapted to create an additional link to the necklace, adding 1 1/4". It is possible that it was originally on the necklace, as it is the only piece of the set without Margot's mark. Excellent condition.
Large sterling silver and ebony Ladle by master designer, William Spratling. Rope design ornamentation, typical of his early design period. Measures 12 1/2" in length. Wood handle is smooth and lustrous.
Made circa 1945.
Three pairs of signed enamel cufflinks by German Modernist designer Karl Schibensky. All in un-used condition. Fabulous colors and design.
Left: Measure 13/16" square; $475.
Middle: Measure 1/2" square; $210.
Right: Measure 3/4" square; $450 Light spot is glare in the photo; the color is even on the cufflink.
Two dramatic, rare designs in sterling silver by Los Castillo. Leaf pin dates to the early 1940's; measures 3 3/4" from stem to tip. Can be worn equally well in any direction.
Circle pin dates circa 1950. Measures 2 1/8" in diameter. Finely detailed.
Both in excellent condition.
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