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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abstract brooch measures 2 1/2" wide and 1" tall; $225.
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.
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