Sterling silver earrings by silver master, William Spratling. Both pairs have 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Stars - 1" in diameter SOLD
Shells - 7/8" x 1 1/2". Screwback seems to have been replaced on one earring as it lacks the maker's mark and shows evidence of something underneath. $525.
Great combination of Bars and Nine Patch Quilt. Extra bonus is the Cheater's Cloth backing, making it totally reversible to a printed patchwork. Nine Patches are smaller than postage stamp size. Each piece is a miniaturized 1/2" to a side. Excellent condition; damage to only one block - visible in last of the thumbnail photos showing the Nine Patches. Terrific fabrics both front and back. Measures 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Stunning grouping of early 19th century fabrics used to make the triangles of this Thousand Pyramids quilt. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Lovely soft tone tan chintz border of two different fabrics. Probably in the 19th century, this was quilt was likely made smaller. Only on the back does one see a seam next to two of the borders. This was exquisitely done and does not show at all on the front.
Measures 92" square; circa 1850. Pennsylvania origin.
Sculptural wood handled with sterling silver blade knife designed by silver master, William Spratling. Excellent condition. Measures 7 1/8" long and 2 1/8" at widest part of handle. 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Huge sterling silver Carnation Brooch by the most well known of the Castillo brothers, Chato. He was the only one of the five brothers who designed under his own name while working with the family studio. Measures 4 5/8" long and 2 1/4" wide. Extremely graceful, layered design. Circa 1950.
Fans quilt in colors that look like they've been drawn with crayons. The use of all solid colors makes for a bold image. A little primitive in construction but dynamic nonetheless. Measures 66 x 78"; Maryland origin. Circa 1930.
Fleur-de-lis applique pattern with exquisite quilting. Corner blocks and border are the same fabric; the rest of the appliques are a second material. Triangle border is a nice contrast to the curvilinear forms of the blocks. Professionally laundered. Several spots of very well done, inconspicuous darning on the brown border. It seems as though the quilt may have gotten caught on something because everywhere else, the fabrics are healthy and strong. Measures 76" x 92"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa... Click for details
Extremely finely made Sawtooth Diamond quilt. Soft colors keep this bold design from being overpowering. Nicely quilted with several different patterns. Slightly salmon shade of pink; high quality cottons. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measures 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
The origin of this Diamond in a Square Quilt with embroidery is a mystery. Clearly, the pattern is reminiscent of Lancaster County Amish but it is not that. It is possible that it is English, but not a pattern one would see often. The use of the embroidered flowers and printed paisley (probably from a shawl) are unusual, regardless of where it was made. Slight wear does not distract from the overall impact of the graphics. Small circles are mostly embroidery, not damage. Medium weight wools with... Click for details
This inlaid wood brooch depicting a male tennis player is difficult to categorize because it is so unusual. Extremely finely executed with multiple woods and beautiful detail. Measures 2 3/8" wide and 1 3/4" tall. Excellent condition; circa 1930.
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