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 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.
A fine crested china miniature vase featuring the coat-of-arms of EDINBURGH. Glasgow; "Nautilus" Porcelain, circa 1915. A bulbous shaped vase with the Edinburgh coat-of-arms in enameled colors. Printed motto: NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA and CITY OF EDINBURGH. No chips, cracks or hairlines. It measures 2 inches in height.
A fine crested china vase by ARCADIAN, Stoke-On-Trent. Circa 1910. A miniature vase in the style of the crested china ware by W.H. Goss. This one features a "jeweled" bunch of white heather and is captioned "LUCKY WHITE HEATHER/from/Shanklin I W" (Isle of Wight). Gilt trim. In excellent condition. It measures 2 inches in height.
A crested china vase, circa 1910. Stamped on the base: ENGLISH MANUFACTURE. Decorated in overglaze enamel colors with the crest for the English seaside town of BRIGHTON. A banner beneath the crest has the motto: IN DEO FIDEMUS. Gilt trim. There are two very tiny base rim chips (see enlargement 3) otherwise, in excellent condition. The vase measures 3 inches in height.