Paula Rubenstein Ltd.
65 Prince St.
This revered antiques shop specializes in American textiles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, along with a collection of dated jewelry, home décor, and lighting. A longtime collector, Rubenstein piles lamps, books, and small oddities atop well-preserved antique dressers, tables, and stools. Glass cases hold vintage brooches and dainty change purses from the late 1800s. An adjacent nook in back is filled with framed paintings and black-and-white photographs, and decorative objects hang from a tall pegboard wall. The prized collection of multihued quilts, linens, and fabrics is stacked in towering floor-to-ceiling cubbies behind the register, beneath a small army of mannequins that lines overhead shelves. While curious tourists and bag-laden Soho shoppers may stop in to peruse the fragile wares, the store typically caters to true collectors, who fawn over finds like tin Miverva doll heads (manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the thirties), vibrant nineteenth-century wool blankets, and rare antique industrial furniture priced at more than a thousand dollars per piece.