Long before the hazards of smoking became known, tobacco companies offered premiums included with the purchase of cigars and cigarettes. They were often flannel panels with the flags of different countries. The flannels were generally used in one of two ways.
The premium was given away by the tobacco company in exchange for coupons that were redeemed for gifts offered in catalogs that were distributed by the tobacco companies. Coupons were gathered and saved until the consumer had enough to... 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.
The work... Click for details
This Eye of God quilt is an unusual pattern with an even more rare Greek Key border. The maker took great pains with the construction as the entire quilt is made of 1 1/2 inch squares. To clarify - rather than strips of fabric being used for the ground and colored areas, it is made totally with small squares. It's a strong pattern done in soft, entirely solid colors. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition.
Measurements are 76" x 88". Pennsylvania origin; circa... Click for details
The richly colored Princess Feather quilt is a color choice with this pattern seen several times only in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Variations exist in the center motifs but the four block Princess Feather on a rich blue ground with red and orange is a combination found only in Lancaster. This quilt has an especially nice continuation of the appliqued feathers throughout the border.
It is well quilted with a waffle design throughout the body. There is a sliver of color loss on one edge.... Click for details
Un-used Lancaster County Mennonite Log Cabin quilt in rich colored medium weight wools. The quilt is in pristine condition with an unusual cotton cheater's cloth backing. Measurements s 68" x 73". Circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin. The border is a deep purple, not black as it may appear on some monitors.
I can count on one hand the number of 19th century quilts I have seen with a matching crib quilt. Never have I seen as stunning a quilt with matching crib in such pristine condition. Both are in the spotless, unwashed condition as when they were made nearly 140 years ago..
The full size is quilted with concentric wreaths very similar to the appliqued pattern in addition to stylized flowers. The border is diagonal lines. The swag and tassel borders are great frames for the robust colors and... Click for details
Princess Feather is almost always done as a four block pattern with each block having feathers radiating from a central design. This unusual example uses the same feathers in a unique design. The feathers gracefully alternate with tulips or maple leaves coming off undulating vines. The pattern looks equally good seen vertically or horizontally.
It is well quilted with diagonal lines throughout. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 92 inches square.
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
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
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