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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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Antique Victorian Paste Brooch c 1860 Large and Fine

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 657260

Antique Victorian Paste Brooch c 1860 Large and Fine
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$140
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This is a remarkable brooch from the mid-19th century, in superb original condition. Even the extra-long pinstem hasn't been snipped at all, which is quite a rarity. Also of extreme interest are the superb faceted pastes, all very clear and white, radiating great brilliance. A cluster of seven stones nestles within each of the four beautifully dimensional flowers joined by their graceful swirl of cylindical stems.

We can date the brooch to the Victorian Grand Period by its large size -- about 2.25 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall -- and the hinge, which is of a type introduced around 1850. However, the architecturally layered construction is more typical of Georgian and Early Victorian times. This suggests American origin, away from major metropolitan centers, or simply that it was made by an older jeweler who favored traditional techniques. Certainly it was hand-made, as we can tell by variations in the flowers (slightly different shapes and engraving patterns). A particularly sweet touch is engraving on the flowers' backs, as well as inside the petals. The slightly rosy golden metal appears to be rolled gold, showing little wear even under high magnification. "Rolled" gold refers to sheets of gold attached so thickly to both sides of the underlying metal that it basically never wears out. Clasp is the old open "C", of course, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

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Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 623822

Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch
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$135
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There's nothing more romantic than moonlight -- especially when you can wear it! This stunning antique crescent moon brooch is quintessential Victoriana, carried to a dazzling extreme. As you know if you collect 19th century jewelry, the crescent form is often found, but typically in lengths of one or two inches. Here's your chance to own the GIANT of the species.

Still dazzling with fire from 21 prong-set diamond pastes graduated in size, this amazing jewel has the tube hinge, open C clasp and elongated pinstem right for the period, which I judge to be circa 1870 - 1880 (early in the Victorian Aesthetic Period). The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear and the gilt brass setting could stand cleaning, but condition is otherwise remarkable. Provenance is a New Mexico estate and probable origin is American.

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Rare Antique Edwardian 1910 Halley's Comet Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1920   item# 513530

Rare Antique Edwardian 1910 Halley's Comet Brooch
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The Arts & Crafts movement and ladiesí magazines inspired busy hands in Late Victorian and Edwardian homes, where moms and daughters crafted trendy jewels and fashion accessories. I'll bet this enchanting antique brooch, which obviously commemorates the dazzling show put on by Halley's Comet, was just such a project -- made by a talented Edwardian lady for herself or as a very special gift. These old pastes, so much brighter than our modern rhinestones, were perfect for a comet jewel and so was the wonderfully iridescent mother-of-pearl from which a stylized comet was cut and then given incised details. Assembly was quite simple: The glittering row of stones is simply wired through two holes, one leading to the open "C" clasp and the other to the hinge. Thus, the stones have a bit of movement, which lets them flash even more fire. The only flaws I find are some waviness of the brass pinstem, inevitable after so long, and the fact that the point was shortened at some time (a very common adaptation, since the extra-long ones used until Art Deco days can easily draw blood).

From a New York estate, this unusual and charming jewel measures about 1 7/8 inches long and 5/8 of an inch wide. Comet jewelry always makes a great conversation piece.

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