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Art Nouveau Lady Face Buckle, Cape Clasp or Choker

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 1227229

Art Nouveau Lady Face Buckle, Cape Clasp or Choker
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This antique Victorian Art Nouveau buckle from a Philadelphia estate is one of the most remarkable we've ever seen -- not only drop-dead gorgeous, but in pristine condition after 120 years! It can be precisely dated to the 1890s from its patent mark: May 22, 94 (no doubt referring to the latch mechanism).

Apart from traces of age-appropriate patina that remain in crevices after a prior owner polished it, this incredible jewel is like new. Of gilt copper, with its gilding still bright even on the reverse, it's worked in repoussť for exquisite dimensionality. Size is quite large: about 3 inches wide by 2 5/16 inches tall.

As you know if you collect Art Nouveau, authentic "lady portrait" pieces have become extremely hard to find. Even replicas are soaring in value, so you simply can't go wrong with an investment jewel like this. Enjoy it as a display when it isn't dressing up your favorite clothing. To wear it, you can stitch it easily to any sash or scarf -- or to a wide ribbon as the centerpiece of a choker necklace. It could also be worn beautifully as a cape clasp.

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Victorian Highland Stag Brooch of Finely Carved Antler

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 1191869

Victorian Highland Stag Brooch of Finely Carved Antler
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Queen Victoria's heart was decidedly in the Highlands during her happiest years as a young wife and mother. Her passion for family holidays at Balmoral -- which she called her "dear paradise" -- made a rage of all things Scottish, from tartans to folk art jewels. We often see so-called "pebble jewelry" set with agates and more refined pieces with sparkling cairgorms, but items like this wildlife brooch are really the ultimate celebration of that time and place.

It's fairly easy to find rustic versions, crudely carved, and fanciful celluloid editions created later for the masses; however, the ideal is to possess a brooch that's one-of-kind and clearly fashioned by a master. This one, inarguably, fills that bill. Details of leaves, grasses and the musculature of the animal are exquisitely worked and the condition of the brooch is frankly amazing. I can't find a flaw, unless you count shortening the pinstem (a common and sensible practice after ladies gave up wearing layers of heavy underclothing and the extra-long pins began to draw blood).

After decades of collecting and more than 10 years as a dealer, I'm not often blown away by a jewel, but this one does it. Of type, it could scarcely be improved upon, short of museum-pieces.

Size is about 1.25 by 1, though the curved shape makes it appear somewhat larger. It's significant that early Victorian jewels of the so-called Romantic Period tend to be dainty, by comparison to later Grand Period designs. Despite all these references to Britain and Scotland, this treasure most likely originated in Germany, then home to the best wood carvers. Like Italian cameo carvers, those German wizards had a lively export and souvenir market. Provenance is a California estate.

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Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Linens and Lace: Pre 1920   item# 1191823

Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900
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Our superb lace collar from the late 19th or very early 20th century is detailed in back just as on the front. Each element of the lace - flowers, grapes, leaves and so forth - was stitched by hand onto fine, soft netting that's a beautiful color match. I'm not expert enough about textiles to be sure the lace elements are also hand-crafted, but it's certainly possible, given the design quality of the piece and the loving care it's been given.

Acquired at a major antiques fair in Newmarket, near Cambridge in England, the collar is more than 17" wide at the bottom of the front. About 23" long from front corner to back corner, it gives you almost a FOOT of gorgeous lace on each side of your shoulders. Its ecru color is actually paler, more toward a creamy off-white, than you see here, the photo being slightly darkened to reveal more detail.

A fine hook and thread eye remain at the bottom of the back and another thread eye a few inches above indicates one hook is missing, easily replaced. I've found no other flaws.

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Rare Victorian Golf Trophy Putting Stone Marker Fob

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900   item# 1114836

Rare Victorian Golf Trophy Putting Stone Marker Fob
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To dazzle a golfer who has everything else, hereís a superb Victorian Gothic Revival putting stone (aka marker) from Fife in Scotland -- the birthplace of golf, home to St. Andrews and other legendary links. This comes from sacred territory; I know -- my dad was an ardent golfer. It reached us via a picker who got it at an auction sale in Dundee.

Certainly handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, it was presented to a tournament victor in the mid-19th century, being inscribed "1st Prize Putting Stone" on the reverse. The front is a work of art -- literally: a gorgeous enamel portrait of an early golfer in medieval attire -- and the silver frame is intricately worked with Gothic arches on both sides and crowned by thistles, emblematic of Scotland and its Royal house for centuries. This particular triple-thistle motif may allow it to be traced to a particular golf course.

The loop at the top suggests it was used as a watch fob, when not busy being a marker. It would of course make a stupendous necklace pendant for a lady golfer.

This is an extremely high-quality piece with a lot of heft. It measures about 2.25 inches by 1.5 inches and is in virtually pristine condition. The enamel colors remain radiant and unworn and the lavish silverwork is undamaged. We've left the patina of age in place on the silver, which is unmarked but obviously of high grade. It can of course be polished to shine like the dickens, if you prefer that look. The only issue we can find is a tiny chip at the outer edge of the portrait's black background. Our pricing naturally reflects the flaw, although itís very hard to notice, since the medallion appears to be black all the way through.

The tradition of awarding golf tournament gifts can be traced back to 1744, when the Edinburgh City Council was asked to provide a silver club for an annual competition held by the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith (still extant as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers). Prizes have subsequently taken just about every form, among which this is the most beautiful Iíve ever seen.

Golf collectibles have gained value dramatically over the past 25 years, as you probably know, with exceptional items far outperforming stocks and bonds.

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Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Copper: Pre 1910   item# 1113531

Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s
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This exquisite and highy unusual Late Victorian centerpiece consists of an elaborately hand-hammered copper urn with brass embellishments and an ornate brass stand. Together they rise to a height of 14 inches and the urn is 11 inches wide at the top of its graceful handles (slightly wider just below). The set was acquired in England and most likely produced there. Dating would be 1890s, since the exuberant "Gay Nineties" look is very obvious.

While the curvy forms are typically Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts influence is also strongly evident -- especially in such details as the applied brass hearts on the urn and the stylized decorations around the base of the stand.

The urn has served as a vase and/or a planter, with the result that its interior gained a blue-green patina. A few inevitable dings are present, but nothing of real consequence. Overall condition is lovely. The metals are lacquered, so require no polishing to shine brightly -- so brightly, in fact, that they're almost impossible to photograph. (The urn mirrored everything around it; hence, the odd patches of blurred color, reflecting adjacent chairs and even myself in a black sweater.)

This is a most impressive ornament, which no doubt graced the center table around which guests in Victorian parlors circulated. It would be magnificent today on your foyer table or buffet.

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Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 1037883

Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings
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Acquired by some long-ago bride on a Roman honeymoon or an intrepid traveler making the Grand Tour, these flowers remain as lovely as when the lady picked them. As you know if you love mosaic jewelry, early 19th century pieces are worked in almost impossibly tiny tesserae. Those were micro-mosaics. Due to the rising cost of labor, they gradually evolved toward the much larger mosaic designs made in the latter half of the 20th century. These are in between, still showing very fine workmanship. Since the earrings are screw-backs, introduced in 1894, they can't possibly be earlier than that. I expect they were made in the Edwardian era or the transitional period before Art Deco design became dominant. Of course it's rare to find a complete parure and we were lucky enough to acquire the matching brooch from a different estate.

The stunning bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long, the screw-back earrings are about 7/8 of an inch round and the brooch is 1 3/8 inches wide. Their settings of gilt brass -- which even have minute rope-twisted ridges that separate the teensy tiled areas -- are richly patinated by time, but would of course polish up if you prefer a brighter look.

Although I can't guarantee that every single tile is present (without going blind looking), none appear to be gone and the overall condition is gorgeous. This is a set you can wear with almost anything, since the accent colors are so numerous. Primary hues tend to dominate this type of jewelry, so the subtle sage green background here is unusual -- and particularly well attuned to today's tastes.

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Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 1037798

Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape
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The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Among the most treasured family heirlooms are christening clothes: the long dresses also called robes (although they're lightweight and lacy) and the capes or mantles worn over them to keep the new baby warm enough. This English mantle is a spectacular example of the latter, most likely 19th century Victorian and certainly no later than Edwardian. Although at least 100 years old, it's in marvelous condition -- clear testament to how greatly it was prized.

Christening mantles have been fashioned since the 18th century, when they replaced enormous "bearing cloths" so long and heavy with sumptuous decoration that it took a team of ladies to carry them into the church. The attendants followed along behind the godmother, who held the child wrapped in one end of it. Although that custom ended, the desire to dress the baby like a prince or princess didn't. Parents wanted their precious little ones to make their debuts before God and society in the most lavish mantles they could afford.

This one meets all the traditional criteria for excellence: luxurious white and off-white fabrics, meticulous hand-stitching and beautiful embellishments. Fine embroidery adorns both its large scalloped cape collar and the smaller one at the neck, and two rows of pintucked pleats add dimension all around the voluminous hemline. The cape is almost as lovely inside as out, lined with whiter material including long gores of shimmering shantung silk just inside the front opening. The same lining treatment also appears on the reverse of both collars. I'm not certain what the fabrics other than shantung are -- perhaps heavier silk; they're tightly woven and as soft as a caress. There are a few very faint spots (mainly inside), which any skilled dry cleaner should be able to remove easily, and you may want to add ribbon ties at the throat. Alternatively, you could fasten it with a 'beauty pin' as was done in Victorian times. We have several antique bar pins that would be suitable.

Total length of the garment is 38 inches and it's so wide that I once wore it as an evening cape (to great acclaim), so keep this in mind if you'd like to get some extra use from it between family christenings. It would be stunning also as a bridal wrap for a cool-weather wedding.

This is a truly remarkable piece of history, with lots more history to make.

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Stunning Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1920   item# 830804

Stunning Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings
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These are among the loveliest Suffragette earrings we've been privileged to offer. Besides being set with wonderful, large faux gems, they're exquisitely patterned on both sides. That the backs of these drops are as lavishly detailed as the fronts is a sure sign of very great age, not seen much after Victorian times. Screw fasteners existed in the 19th century, but gained wide popularity a little later, so we date these beauties circa 1905-1910.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades, we modern women owe our right to vote, which was extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. As you know if you collect jewels from the Suffragette movement, the unusual combination of green, purple and white had deep meaning for early feminists. For them, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any. The wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts and pearls or diamonds with green stones such as emeralds or peridots, but pretend gems were naturally favored by the majority.

In this case, we have beautifully marbled faux jade, plus sparkling, faceted amethyst pastes and softly glowing glass pearls. Everything remains in spectacular condition, including the gilding. It takes high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear. It isn't unusual for Suffragette jewels to survive a century in great shape, since they were worn only occasionally (to meetings and when marching for the vote) -- then tucked away and forgotten for decades. They're been rapidly gaining value since the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through, including hunger strikes and beatings.

Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much harder to find. We try to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. If these strike your fancy, you'd better not delay. They reached us from a Florida estate. and could have been made by an East Coast firm in America. However, the extremely high quality suggests origin in Bohemia or France. You'll be surprised how solid these are -- not a bit flimsy. They're truly superb.

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Huge Antique Victorian Staffordshire Roses Jardiniere

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Porcelain: Pre 1900   item# 727519

Huge Antique Victorian Staffordshire Roses Jardiniere
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This magnificent antique flower pot features, on all four sides, lush bouquets of pink and red roses amid fern green leaves. It's big enough hold a massive plant -- so large, in fact, that you could also use it to chill several bottles of wine.

Designed with a graceful undulating shape and scallops at both top and bottom, the jardiniere measures 9 1/2 inches across, stands 7 3/4 inches high and has a lot of heft, being of Staffordshire Ironstone. As you know, this is very sturdy stuff, despite its delicate appearance. There's been minor flaking of the wide gold-lustered edge and age-appropriate scuffs are on the base, but I can't find any flaws in the china. A couple of small discolored areas are under the glaze, so they were original to production.

Acquired from a dealer in Cambridgeshire, this beauty has an elaborate hallmark that includes an extremely determined-looking phoenix rising from flames and the initials NWAO and YWAO, along with the words "Staffordshire Iron Stone". Being a specialist in jewelry, rather than ceramics, I haven't yet been able to identify the maker. If you happen to know which of Staffordshire's 100+ potteries of Victorian times created this treasure, I hope you'll tell me.

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Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1900   item# 727504

Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896
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The British registry number 27633 on their bases dates these beautiful vases to 1896 -- no surprise, given their ornate Late Victorian style and shape. Cast of an unmarked silver metal, they still have gilt-finished bases, but the gilding inside has largely worn away from a century of use. About 5 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches at their widest, they would be a charming pair of vases for a vanity and also are a lovely height for the dining table, allowing people to see one another over the posies.

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