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Stunning Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 476309

 Stunning Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant
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Need an exceptional gift for your Knight in Shining Armor? Here's something very special, sure to delight any man (or woman) with a sense of history. Just think of the stories this sword chape could tell! Made in England soon after the Norman Conquest, the chape dates from the 12th or 13th century (between 1100 and 1299), so it might even have gone on a Crusade or two. It reached us via a leading antiquities dealer in Cambridgeshire.

Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 1/8", it's of particularly elegant form and the bronze has a lovely dark green patination all over. With the addition of a leather thong and interesting hand-made beads from historic Bury St. Edmunds, it's become a real swashbuckler of a pendant - ready to wear (or display on the wall, if your guy isn't the jewelry type).

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Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Great as Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 457858

Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Great as Pendant
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Could the era that gave us Puck - not to mention Henry VIII, history's most self-indulgent monarch since Nero - be less than playful? Not likely! Little Liz, herself, might have practiced up to fund colonies and armadas with a toy purse on a frame like this one. Beautifully detailed on both sides and measuring about 2" wide by 5/8" high, this was the perfect accessory for a Tudor tot learning to say *MINE* along with *GO TO THE TOWER* - and it's perfect now as a whimsical pendant for an adult or child. Just add a silk cord or velvet ribbon and tie it on as a choker, since they're so trendy this season.

Acquired from a leading English antiquities dealer, this piece is exceedingly rare. Chances are, you'll never see another like it; we haven't.

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Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1900   item# 411099

Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900
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$255
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The romance of Art Nouveau design is perfectly captured by his exquisite antique silver bowl with ruffled edges upon which finely detailed butterflies perch gracefully as handles. It's a wonderfully versatile piece you can use to hold favorite jewels on your vanity or in any room for flowers or potpourri. You could serve sweets and nuts in it, too, or cache small items on your desktop.

Dating from the Late Victorian era, circa 1900, it's about 5 3/4" wide at the handles and 2 1/2" tall with a bowl 4" in diameter. It looks very French, but, on the base (which feels like it's weighted) the signature DERBY appears with the numeral 2 and a logo that looks like feathered wings extending in both directions. This presumably refers to a metalsmith of Derby town in England, because the marks are entirely different from those used by Derby Silver Co. in Connecticut and by Crown Derby (famed for its china).

The bowl polishes like sterling but, in the absence of sterling hallmarks, must be a lesser grade of silver or very heavy plating. We've cleaned it considerably, leaving the dark patina only in crevices. Condition is excellent; there's no damage, only age-appropriate surface wear. Provenance is an English estate, via a specialist Art Nouveau dealer in East Anglia.

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Rare Finely Detailed Georgian Onyx Double Cameo Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1900   item# 405482

Rare Finely Detailed Georgian Onyx Double Cameo Brooch
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This exquisite double cameo shows the high quality and Neo-Classical subject matter we associate with the earliest years of the 19th century, so I believe it to be Late Georgian or Regency. Probable origin would be Italy, since the best carvers were there, though it reached us via a Massachusetts estate.

Double cameos are rare to begin with, and this one is also unusually large, ornately carved and imaginative. Its foreground figure is a warrior whose helmet has a ferocious feline on top - or perhaps the cat is on the head of the background figure. One or the other thus appears to be Heracles (aka Hercules), the ancient superhero noted for slaying lions and wearing their pelts. If he's at back, the helmeted figure is likely his patron Ares, god of war. If, on the other hand, Hercules is the helmeted figure, then the one in back is probably Queen Omphale (known to have borrowed the Nemetean lion's skin at times to make a fashion statement) - or the hero's later wife Dejanira - or perhaps his patron goddess Athena. The imagery on the shield at the extreme foreground is more straightforward: It shows a winged figure cracking a whip over a pair of horses pulling the chariot that signifies the sun's daily progress across the sky, thus the passage of time.

The cameo, which appears to be onyx, is seriously sizeable at 1 1/2 inches tall and 1 inch wide. The rope-twist frame, evidently gilt bronze, adds another 1/8 inch in each dimension. Both parts are very old, but the cameo and its present setting certainly didn't begin life together. The frame, characteristically Victorian, isn't really worthy of the cameo, nor is the fit perfect. Black epoxy holds the frame on and another epoxy line reveals repair to an old hairline fracture. Thankfully, the little crack did not extend into the carved area, which is crisp and pristine. Even the noses haven't been dinged and you know how common that flaw is.

No problems at all are apparent at the front, apart from age-appropriate loss of gilding to the frame and a slightly wavy joint of the bezel. This jewel is immediately wearable, although you may want to put it into a proper gold or silver frame. The price would of course be enormously higher if the cameo looked as perfect on the back as it does from the front. (The only other Hercules-in-lion-pelt cameo I've found currently online is merely of shell, rather than stone, but framed in gold and priced at $1,000.)

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Edwardian Jeweled Lavaliere Chandelier Necklace

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1910   item# 404865

Edwardian Jeweled Lavaliere Chandelier Necklace
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While the typical antique lavaliere is content to finish with a sweet little pearl drop, this one cuts loose with 2 1/2 inches worth of swaying sparkle! The longest of the three dangling drops has two faceted stones at the bottom; the others have one; and the lavaliere itself is set with four. I believe the jewels are Bohemian crystals - the name appied to Czech crystals before Czechoslovakia came into existence in 1918 - but there's a possibility they're small genuine amethysts. They flash yellow, as well as purple, in certain lights and amethyst and citrine are chemically the same stone.

Dating of this gorgeous necklace is definitely Late Victorian or Edwardian. Most likely it was made circa 1905-1910, since the delicacy and refinement of Edwardian design are very much in evidence. The curvy shape of the 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch lavaliere also shows strong Art Nouveau influence. The metal, gilt brass, has acquired a lovely patina over the past 100 years, but could be polished more brightly if you prefer that look. Age-appropriate surface wear is of course apparent under high magnification.

The basic chain is 14 inches long, but an extra 2 inches of larger chain allow the wearable length to be as much as 16 inches (plus lavaliere and drops). An early lobster clasp, the earliest I've ever seen, is present. I'd consider it a later addition, except that it's the same color and it shows the same wear.

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Fascinating Antique Egyptian Revival Beaded Bag

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 403013

Fascinating Antique Egyptian Revival Beaded Bag
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Glancing at this marvelous hand-made bag, one first thinks "Art Deco" because of the Egyptian design motif - but another Egyptian Revival took place decades earlier in Victorian times (prompted by the opening of the Suez Canal). I'm much inclined to believe the purse is 19th century. One detail that persuades me is the diagonal chain. It's attached to both sides, not just one, and it isn't ornamental; it was undoubtedly covered with fabric or ribbon originally. Too, the dainty floral pattern of the frame looks Victorian, without a hint of Deco geometry, and it has holes through which the bag was stitched directly onto the frame. The wide frou-frou edges of the bright red-orange lining aren't at all characteristic of the Deco period, either. Remember, major manufacturers had long been in operation by the mid-1920s, when the discovery of Tut's tomb started that Egyptian craze. Their production standards were as high as any the world has ever seen - whereas this bag is unlabeled and, by 20th century standards, primitive. By Victorian standards, however, it's quite grand and well worthy of all the handwork that went into it.

Setting age considerations aside, what we have here is a very heavily beaded bag with a lovely soft drape, rich colors and no major losses. On one side, a few small areas need rebeading - fortunately with simple clear glass beads that aren't hard to come by. The lining is not only intact, but unstained. Condition is impressive, even if we were talking about a bag from the 1920s, rather than a rare example from the 1860s or 1870s. It was purchased in England and very probably made there. Definitely it's one of a kind and thus extremely special.

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2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900   item# 401252

2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906
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A matching pair of antique buttonhooks in this much-coveted cherub design can take ages to find, so we're offering them together (but will consider selling separately, if you prefer). Both are hallmarked for Birmingham. The smaller (7 3/4" to hook clothing and gloves) was made in 1895 and maker-marked C or G, while the larger (11" to hook shoes and boots) was made in 1906 and maker-marked H M.

Their elaborate repousse sterling handles formed over wax have taken a few small dings over the past 100-120 years, but thankfully nothing serious. Each side is identical, apart from the direction in which the hooks face. Catalog photo is a montage including views all around. Naturally the shank and hook portions are of fine English steel hallmarked as such.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items patterned with cherubs (or angels, if you prefer) are the most desired.

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Exquisite English Edwardian Rhinestone Clasp Bag

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 348366

Exquisite English Edwardian Rhinestone Clasp Bag
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This enchanting antique English purse revives Georgian neo-classicism, adding the airy elegance of Edwardian design. It has the most gorgeous clasp I've ever seen, shimmering with brilliant old paste rhinestones. The oval wreath shape - an inch tall and almost that wide - frames a central flower amid graceful leaves and is beautifully detailed with beaded edges. The pale white metal has the look of platinum, so is probably rhodium or chromium, which come from the same family).

Many things tell us this bag has seen very little use: the positive action of the clasp, the spring that remains in the elasticated inner pocket and, of course, the flawless condition of the fabric. Even the handle isn't worn. Finding a bag this old in such superb condition is almost miraculous, frankly. Size is about 5" tall (or 9" including handle) and width is 7 1/2" at the bottom. The tag inside had a logo including the letters G, F and R, along with the words "Made in England".

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Victorian Japanned Bronze Egyptian Revival Snake Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 344079

Victorian Japanned Bronze Egyptian Revival Snake Brooch
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While most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s led to a craze for Egyptian-inspired jewelry, fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes - circa 1800, prompted by Napoleon's campaign in Egypt; again during the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened to great pomp and ceremony; and to a lesser extent in the closing decades of the 19th century, sparked by various archeological discoveries.

This particular jewel, based on its style and details of fabrication (such as the tube hinge and safety pin clasp), has to be from the Late Victorian era, likely circa 1880. It's a rare example of a decidedly Egyptian motif on a bar pin. Quite heavy for its size (about 2" x 3/8"), it seems to be of bronze rather than brass and has a japanned (blackened) background and reverse. Upraised in relief and brightly polished, the serpentine motif is as trendy now as when the Victorians fell in love with it. To them, the snake signified eternity and worn often in sentimental contexts; Queen Victoria's wedding ring, for instance, was of serpent form. The use of black suggests this could have been a mourning jewel.

Given its stylized simplicity of design and indications of hand-craftsmanship, Arts and Crafts influence on this brooch is strong. It was probably made in Europe - England would be my best guess - but reached us from a Florida estate. Condition is lovely, all original except that the pinstem was at some point snipped (not a bad idea, since those extra-long ones could easily draw blood). The pinstem shows a slight crimp, too, indicating that someone tried first to shorten it by this means for greater comfort.

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English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 328178

English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant
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This medieval buckle was quite a fancy one in its day (the 1300s or 1400s). You can still see vestiges of glittering gold around its holes -- and notice how artistically made it is. I love the scalloped edge and there's even a groove formed in that section, into which the witchy gothic prong settles safely. No doubt that's why its pointed tip is still intact after so many centuries.

Beautifully patinated by time and measuring about 1" by 1 1/8", this treasure remains quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant. You'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a leather thong or cord - or maybe a ribbon to match your outfit.

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