Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: JewelryStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Jewelry

Jewelry (269)

Tiffany Silver and Gold Moneyclip;  Silver Paperweight
Both of these accessories have the substantial weight one would expect from Tiffany. Moneyclip is 2 1/4" long by 3/4" wide; sterling with 18 karat gold band down the center; $450. Sterling Horseshoe is 2 7/8" wide and 3" long. Has all the detail of an actual horseshoe SOLD
Antonio Pineda Sterling with Pearls Earrings and Brooch
Two unusual designs by Antonio Pineda, highly collectible Mexican designer. Both in excellent original condition. Antonio was one of the few early Mexican designers who combined silver with pearls. Earrings measure 1 1/4" in length and 3/4" at widest. Brooch is 970 silver. Measures 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". Looks equally good worn vertically or horizontally.
Hector Aguilar Sterling Bracelet and Earrings Set
Sterling silver matching bracelet and earrings by Hector Aguilar. Excellent condition. Bracelet measures 7 1/8" (excluding clasp) x 1 3/16". Each link looks like a stylized scarab. Circa 1945.
William Spratling Sterling Brooches
Two early Mexican silver brooches by William Spratling. Circa 1940. Arrow measures 3 inches across. Has slight dimple in center circle. SOLD Silver and amethyst Tulips brooch is 2 1/4" wide and 1" from top to bottom. Excellent condition; $595.
Margot de Taxco Silver Earrings
Two pairs of Mexican silver earrings, sold separately. Enamel pair on left are a beautiful shade of peacock blue with black. Measure 1 1/2" in length including silver ball and 7/8" wide. Identical to design by Margot de Taxco but not signed as such. Silver locks with keys are unusual and whimsical. Fully marked with Margot signature. Measure 1 1/8" in length (without chain) and almost 3/4" wide. Both pairs in excellent condition.
Set of Four William Spratling Tequila Cups
This is a set of four exquisite sterling and ebony small cups. In the United States, they would be referred to as cordials; in Mexico they are for tequila. Each measures 2 1/2" tall; excellent condition. Rare and beautiful.
Los Castillo Sterling Bracelet: Circa 1950
Early, heavy sterling silver bracelet by Los Castillo. Wonderfully three dimensional. Fits average size wrist (safety chain makes it difficult to measure precisely). Original safety chain replaced with one that is not integral to the piece and can easily be removed. Circa 1950.
William Spratling Ebony and Silver Earrings
Two pairs of sterling and ebony earrings by the silver master, William Spratling. Pair on left is cabochon shaped; measures almost 3/4" in diameter; $395. Wood is flat on right pair with dome shaped silver center; 5/8" diameter; SOLD
Hector Aguilar Sterling Silver Letter Opener
Streamlined classic letter opener by the sought after designer, Hector Aguilar. Made in Taxco, Mexico; circa 1950. Measures 5 3/4" in length.
Mexican Silver with Turquoise Brooches
I recently purchased unsold store stock from a jeweler in Mexico City. All three of these pins were remaining from the 1940's. Bird is 2 3/8" wide and 1 3/4" tall. Tremendous resemblance to early Matl work; $110. Nosegay is 2 3/8" tall and 2 3/8" wide; SOLD. Fish measures 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/2" wide; $95. Each is nicely detailed.
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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,

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