A ground and polished natural rock crystal( clear quartz) sphere with fine reflective qualities, a large five inch diameter and a weight of five pounds. The gilt bronze stand of an earlier date and not original to the piece, serves to support and enhance the large ball. Discovered by the Greeks called(Kristalios)or ice. Ancient cultures believed healing and psychic powers to be associated with rock crystal. 10.50 inches on the stand
An unusual gold coiled rope work box with gilt winged solid and banded agate backed bees entering the hive. Set on a square onyx base with like feet. Interior lined, and the petitioned lid may have had inserts? Fine condition The hive 5.50 inches in diameter and 6.50 inches high.
A significant piece showing a large sterling snuff receptacle with gilded interior, hallmarks (F&McB) and a raised facetted blue stone. The textured ram's horn with end of like sterling pattern, facetted red stone and incised initials M.P.L., (probably owners) Set on dual sterling ball feet. Sterling portions polished and pins secured to horn. Excellent condition. 12.5 x 7 inches. Receptacle 4 x 3 inches Mid 19th century.