This lovely mesh handbag features painted flowers in pinks and greens on a whitish background. The yellow metal frame exhibits embossed scrolling and two decorative rings to which the chain is attached. The chain is composed of alternating oblong and figure-eight links. The silk lining is intact, but is wrinkled and shows two stained areas. There are no gaps in the meshwork, and all links appear to be intact. There is no wear to the decorative painting...
Unique 19th century sautoir, comprising a chain of alternating links of white and dyed red horsehair. Light and strong, this is very wearable. Accompanying note reads: “This necklace is very old made out of horse hair”. Excellent condition. Measures 45 1/2”.
These delicate miniature scissors are almost exact replicas of the Victorian sewing scissors popular at the time. They are formed as a bird with engraved feathers; the joint screw serves as the bird’s eye. The charm is made of a white metal with a light gilding. The scissors measure 1 ½ inches long by 5/8 inch wide at the looped handles. They are unmarked.
This impressive copper cuff features a pre-Columbian face surrounded by two levels of hand-applied copper wirework. The round plaques supporting the central design, as well as the cuff band, have crimped edges. The band exhibits a textured surface and has retained its original shape. The entire bracelet appears to have been hardly worn, though does show some minor oxidation or light coloration from the construction process. Overall, the cuff has the deep brownish color of old copper...
This aluminum cuff has repoussé work of raised pinecones on a branch, with what appear to be engraved pine needles and outlines. The outside looks like it has been lacquered to preserve the highly polished finish, although there is some oxidation to the surface. There are minor scratches that look like tool marks, and one vertical scratch just to one side of the pinecones (see Photo #3). It is marked Floricraft at the inside edge...
Wonderful 19th century vulcanite mourning cuff, featuring a large panel of a sheaf of wheat and a bouquet of flowers. Excellent condition; mild discoloration from light exposure, probably. Measures 2 1/ 2” wide and 1 7/8” deep.
Elegant late 19th century cut steel shoe buckles marked “L W Paris”. Bar back. Cut steel jewelry was meant to simulate diamonds; the “stones” were faceted polished steel. Each “stone” had a post in the back which was inserted into a metal base to form a multitude of designs. These buckles are very nicely made; with cut steel, the more facets the better, and these studs have twelve...
Very Very pretty pin Victorian painted pin on onyx, featuring two birds in a bird bath, surrounded by flowers. Lovely bright colors. Very good condition. Measures 2” by 1 5/8”. , surrounded by flowers. Lovely bright colors. Very good condition. Measures 2” by 1 5/8”.
Very cool antique penannular stick pin set with three pearls and a central pink paste stone. Measures 2 1/8”; pin head measures 7/8”.
Art Smith Modernist copper and brass cuff bracelet
Entitled - Criss Cross
Interior circumference 6 1/2"
Back opening 1 1/8"
In untouched vintage condition retaining original patinas
Marked Art Smith
Swiss watch by Ilona featuring two faces. In working condition.
Leather and Metal
Excellent Original Condition
Amazing antique shakudo parure, comprising a necklace, earrings and ring. Shakudo is the Japanese art of mixed metals, originally used to decorate weapons and armor. When Samurai warriors were banned in the third quarter of the 19th century, artisans turned to jewelry and other objets d’art. Shakudo motifs often depict birds and flowers and this set is a perfect design example. The ring features two birds amid blossoms under a moon half-covered with clouds...
19th century pique demi parure comprising a pendant on a woven hair chain and a pair of dainty articulated earrings. Hair chain features a floral slide. Good condition; one pique leaf missing from pendant and left vine from one earring. Pendant measures 1 1/2”; chain is 36”; earring are 1 1/4” from hook to tip.
Classic Victorian gilt cameo locket and ornate chain with floral links. The locket a cameo of a woman in classical dress and is surrounded by beaded and twisted decorative borders. It opens to reveal two glass compartments with curls of hair; the left is laid on blue fabric, the right on pink – certainly the locks of a son and a daughter! The chain is wonderful: with rose gold-colored flowers over stylized leaves and stems, alternating with circular discs. Great condition...
Ornate 19th century vulcanite mourning cross, featuring a profusion of roses and other blossoms. Brass chatelaine hook riveted to reverse. Good condition; a few chips to edges of flora at bottom right. Measures 3 5/8” including hook.
Cut steel earrings in their original form and in excellent condition, are so difficult to find. These are designed with a top cut steel cluster, attached to a faceted steel bale, which connects to a very detailed, beautiful flower. The central flower is surrounded by a circle of cut steel, which not only frames it, but adds an illusion of movement. Each faceted piece of steel is connected to a metal backplate with a rivet. This is very time consuming work done entirely by hand...
This exotic die-struck copper pin by Francisco Rebajes represents the Tragedy mask. It is pictured in Burkholz and Kaplan’s 1992 book on copper jewelry with its companion Comedy mask pin (p. 59). The pin has a secure rollover clasp and pin stem that may have been re-soldered. It measures 1 ¾ inches long by 1 1/8 inches wide.
This unusual chain forms a long, Y-shaped necklace decorated with pierced balls. There is a swivel clasp at the end. The brass is coated in a dark patination, to produce a look similar to gunmetal. It is unmarked, but the openwork balls read European. The chain drops 29 inches, from the neck to the clasp.