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

Jewelry (271)

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.
Mexican Silver Brooches with Amethyst
All three sterling and amethyst brooches date to the 1940's. Upper left is 980 silver; 1 3/4" wide and 2" long. Photo makes body of the pin appear flat but it is actually curved around the horizontal bar and has a nice dimensionality;$110. Bottom left is 1 1/4" square with a cabochon amethyst approximately 3/4" in diameter. Has much of the look of Fred Davis design; $85. Large brooch on right is 2 3/4" wide and 2 3/4" in length; 980 silver with two amethysts. Very well crafted; $210.
Hector Aguilar Sterling Silver Baby Cup
Extremely heavy and finely detailed sterling baby cup by Hector Aguilar. Measures 3" in diameter and 2 1/2" tall. Has a small dent that can a jeweler can easily remove. Circa 1950.
William Spratling Wood and Silver Letter Opener
Sterling and, I believe, rosewood letter opener by William Spratling. Measures 9 3/8" in length. Has Spratling's earliest mark, used from 1931-1945. Excellent condition. Rare and elegant.
William Spratling Sterling Letter Opener
Extremely rare sterling letter opener by William Spratling with a coin dated 1813. The initials may be those of the person for whom it was custom made or those of an organization for which it was created. Measures 4 1/2" in length. Coin is 1 1/2" in diameter. Has Spratling's mark from the mid 1960's.
Silver and Copper Victoria Cufflinks; Circa 1945
Both pairs of cufflinks were made by the well known Mexican studio Victoria. This dates the pair prior to 1953 when the name of the studio was combined with "Cony". Round silver and copper cufflinks measure 1 inch in diameter. Square pair is sterling, copper, brass and another grey metal which I cannot specify. The dark area on the left one is a shadow only; it is not on the actual cufflink. Measure 7/8 inch square.
William Spratling Sterling Silver Earrings
Three pairs of William Spratling sterling silver earrings from the 1940's: Upper left - Squash blossom design: 3/4" in diameter $335 Upper right - 1" in diameter SOLD Bottom - 3/4" in diameter SOLD
Los Castillo Sterling Brooch and Earrings
Sterling silver abstract pin and earrings by Los Castillo, circa 1950. Brooch measures 2" x 2". Earrings are screwbacks; 1 3/8" in diameter. All in original, untouched condition.
Three Sigi Pineda Silver Brooches; Circa 1950
Three silver brooches by Sigi Pineda in his characteristic biomorphic style. Fish measures just under 3" wide and 1 1/8" top to bottom. Eye is a silver bead. $195 Flower with green stones that are probably aventurine measures 3" tall and 1 1/2" wide. SOLD Abstract brooch measures 2 1/2" wide and 1" tall; $225.
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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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