Brass desk clock by Tiffany with Roman numerals. On the back is the inscription "Linda A. Fritts in Recognition of 25 Years of Service Dow Lohnes April 27, 2006".
The clock measures 3 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide across the base. Swiss made; quartz movement has newly replaced battery.
Linda Lee Johnson (1944 - 2018) is best known for being the first jeweler to sell her collection at Barney's in New York in 1989. Prior to that, her work was represented by Tiffany.
These sterling silver earrings which she called her Rosetta Flower design measure 1 1/8 inches in diameter. The backs are posts and clips. Weight is 26 grams. The posts of the earrings have Johnson's signature triple lobe crown mark.
The Thumbprint design is one one Antonio Pineda's most popular bracelets. Rarely does one find the accompanying necklace.
This geometric piece is in keeping with the architectural forms often created by Antonio.
The links measure 7/8" long x 5/8" wide. They are securely strung on two rows of metal wires. The necklace is approximately 20 inches in length but is difficult to measure precisely because of the curve of the form.
The necklace is thoroughly hallmarked; made circa 1960. The work of... Click for details
This dramatic bracelet by Frederick Davis (1880 - 1961) is as unusual as it is beautiful.
The bracelet consists of four silver discs in which are set cabochon amethysts. The links are separated by silver bars, the ends of which repeat the circle motif.
The discs are 1 9/16" in diameter. The bracelet has a wearable length of 8 1/2 inches. Although this is longer than the standard 7 inches, it fits a medium wrist. The large size of the discs requires more space to go around the wrist.
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This wood and sterling silver sauce or gravy boat is one of William Spratling's most graceful creations. The wood handles are beautifully integrated with the base. Silver dots, an element used in his jewelry as well, add the perfect subtle adornment to this ideal form.
The piece is 3 inches tall and 8 1/2 inches from handle to handle. Condition is excellent. The mark dates from 1964 - 1967.
Numerous books have been written about Spratling and a museum exhibit that traveled the country... Click for details
Offered for sale are two hefty Antonio Pineda Thumbprint bracelets - one in the standard size and one in the more unusual larger size. Both are in excellent, vintage condition. They were made in the 1950's.
Both bracelets are 970 silver which is more pure than the sterling standard.
The smaller of the two is one inch in height and
7 9/16" in length.
The larger is 1 1/8" tall although it appears considerably more massive than the standard size. It is difficult to measure precisely because... Click for details
Streamlined three dimensional belt buckle by the late Mexican designer, Antonio Pineda.
The Modernist design flares to the far end. Each element consists of two sides that are raised to a peak.
The buckle measures 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 3/8 inches tall . It accommodates a 3/4 inch belt. The buckle is suitable for a man or woman. It is well hallmarked with Antonio's crown and the design number.
The work of Antonio Pineda is included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County... Click for details
Offered for sale are two Caviar bracelets by silver master, William Spratling. Both are in excellent condition and measure 7 3/4 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches in circumference. The beads are handmade. The clasps are incorporated into the design so as to be virtually invisible.
The example on the left alternates silver and copper beads. It has Spratling's mark dating from 1964 - 1967. It has a safety chain. The price is $1675.
The all silver bracelet on the right has Spratling's mark from... Click for details
Large and dramatic silver plate bowl with a malachite rim by Los Castillo.
The diameter of the bowl is 16 inches. The bowl is round with the the tapered malachite rim expanding to 1 1/8 inches at the widest. The bowl is 4 1/2 inches tall including the four ball feet. It has exquisite scrolled handles of silver. Hand hammer marks add to the decorative quality of the piece.
Made in the 1990's. Condition is excellent. There is a small area on one handle where the underlying copper shows through... Click for details
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