A TSAR NICHOLAS II PERIOD SILVER NAPKIN RING. Russia, St. Petersburg. Circa 1896-1917. Stamped with the silver standard mark 84 and with the city mark for St. Petersburg. Also stamped with an unknown maker's mark. The napkin ring features bright-cut floral and foliate engraving on either side of a banner which has an engraved name "OLGA" in cyrillic. There is a very tiny dent close to the stamped marks otherwise the napkin ring is in excellent condition. The napkin ring measures 1 ...click for details
A small ANTIQUE brass and enamel buckle. Circa 1910. The buckle is in two parts that hook together. Each half is formed as a modified heart (or leaf?) with scrolled edges and is centered with a diamond pattern decoration of turquoise and white enamel. The buckle would be suitable for a narrow ribbon or thin leather sash or belt. It measures 3/4 inch in height by 1 5/8 inches across when hooked together. Each separate piece measures 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch. Two of the small diamond areas on one half ...click for details
A rare ART NOUVEAU sterling silver lady's nail file case and file. Switzerland. Circa 1900. The file is stamped: USINES METALLURGIQUES VALLORBE (a Swiss Co. founded in 1899 and major manufacturers of industrial files). The file is housed in an ART NOUVEAU sterling case (not marked) featuring (on both sides) a repousse figure of a woman picking fruit from the branches of an overhanging tree. The file is in excellent condition. The case shows slight loss of detail to the woman's figure oth ...click for details
A LETTER OPENER. THE BRADLEY & HUBBARD MANUFACTURING COMPANY. Circa 1875-1902. The letter opener is brass and stamped with the company's mark which was in use from 1875-1902 (see enlargement 8). The opener has a FIGURAL top formed as a black "BUTLER" wearing a formal uniform. The figure is cold painted over brass but the paint has dulled in color and there is extensive flaking to the paint. A few small areas of the brass can be seen beneath the paint. The butler is standing sti ...click for details
A crested cup and saucer - each with the Coat of Arms of (Martyr) SAINT THOMAS A'BECKET. There is a very EARLY impressed mark for AYNSLEY china on the base of the saucer (see enlargement 5). The cup has a stamp for retailer J. Abrahams', Canterbury (see enlargement 4). Circa 1880. The Coat of Arms features a shield in turquoise, yellow, and black surmounting a banner which is captioned: ARMS OF St THOMAS A'BECKET. The date DEC 29 1170 is just below the banner. Saint Thomas A'Beck ...click for details
An antique 14K yellow gold and diamond Masonic Lapel Pin, circa 1909. Stamped 14K and tested. The figural pin features a scimitar, crescent, and five-point star. The star is centered with a 3 point Swiss-cut diamond set in prongs. An Egyptian motif is on the crescent. The pin is backed with a screw-on/off brass fitting for wearing on one's lapel. The pin measures 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. In excellent condition.
A fine antique Victorian papier mache string holder. English. Circa 1870. The black circular box and lid are decorated with Chinese figures and floral motifs. The lid has a brass rimmed hole in the center. There is a chip on the inner rim of the lid otherwise in very good condition. The holder measures 2 1/2 inches in height by 3 inches in diameter.
A fine silver-topped perfume bottle. Circa 1845. The hinged silver top has an engraved swirl design and is stamped with Dutch hallmarks. Original glass stopper. The elongated bottle has a faceted design. There are a few very tiny (extremely small) chips but this bottle is otherwise in excellent condition. It measures 4 3/8 inches in height by 1 1/2 inches in width.
A fine Victorian Mauchline Ware barrel-shaped match holder. Scotland, 19th century. The match holder has a fine transfer print of Lincoln Cathedral. In excellent condition. It measures 2 1/4 inches in height.
Victorian Scottish Mauchline Ware cylindrical case. Probably used for either needles or matches. The case has a pull-off lid. It is decorated with an English Lake District transfer print of "Keswick Boat Station, Derwentwater.". There are tiny surface scratches but, overall, the case is in good condition. It measures 3 1/4 inches in height by 1 1/4 inches in diameter.