Unusual silver bracelet by Mexican designer, Violante Ulrich. The three dimensionality of the rectangular links is heightened by oxidation to blacken the interiors. Each link measures 1" x 5/8". Violante grew up on the Spratling Ranch where she was trained in silversmithing since childhood.
Handmade sterling silver pendant with raised circles of eighteen karat gold and silver. The two stones are most likely peridot and blue topaz. Measures 1 1/4" in diameter. Hung on a 17" sterling chain.
Four pillboxes by early Mexican silver designer, Fred Davis. Three have turquoise stones and one is amethyst. Made circa 1930's.
Large box SOLD
Each smaller one is 3/4" x 1". Amethyst box in center is SOLD.
All are in excellent condition.
Stone carved face of a bearded man. Features are very convex with the exception of his eyes that are indented. Measures 7 1/2" tall. Difficult to determine age precisely but probably in the neighborhood of 100 years old.
Articulated wood figures are playing cards and enjoying a drink in this recycled wine bottle. Figures are seated on carved casks. Bottle measures 10 7/8"; figures are 3" tall in seated position. Excellent condition. Circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin.
Nicely inlaid wood box with a variety of patterns. Graceful brass escutcheon with tulips (but no key). Very good condition; has some scratches but nothing missing. Measures 8 1/4" wide; 5 1/2" deep and 3 3/4" tall. American origin; circa 1870.
Homemade sock cats, each with its own personality.
Left - made of a dark brown ribbed sock. Measures 15" long from tip of ears to end of tail. Has a small mend on the front and several tiny holes. He looks like he was on the losing end of a fight as his tail is seriously mangled.
Middle- the runt of the litter Measures 6" long and 2 3/4" at widest. The only one I've seen with buttons down the front - or are they meant to be nipples?
Right - unusual to find one made of a white sock . 5" tall... Click for details
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania pin cushions from the late 19th century.
Unusual cotton crazy on left measures 3 3/4" square. Nice variety of fabrics from the 1870's - 80's.
Six lobes - pristine condition; finely hand pieced. 2 3/4" tall; beautiful 1870's material.
Both have original loops for hanging.
Wonderful saxophone made of tin cans, spoons, a funnel and a kazoo. Not sure whether or not it was meant to be played, but in either case, it makes a terrific sculpture. Measures 23 1/2" tall and 13" wide. Has a custom made iron stand. Circa 1930; found in Pennsylvania.
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