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Superb 17th C. (1600s) Gold Wedding Band

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1700   item# 112521

Superb 17th C. (1600s) Gold Wedding Band
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From the same estate collection as our embossed woman's ring, also made in the 17th century, this most unusual wedding band is of solid gold with a rosy cast. It's in excellent condition without problems or flaws and has not been resized. Currently it's about a size 3. You'll remember from "Romeo and Juliet" that Renaissance brides were exceedingly young. Girls married in their early teens or even sooner; hence, the small size of their wedding rings. This is a choice piece for anyone who collects very early and remarkable rings. It could be worn as a pinky ring or pendant, or possibly resized by an expert jeweler.


Fine Deco Galalith (French Bakelite) Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Bakelite: Pre 1930   item# 112416

Fine Deco Galalith (French Bakelite) Bracelet
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This gorgeous Art Deco bangle from a New Orleans estate was hand-carved from butterscotch galalith (casein), the French equivalent of Bakelite. It's in excellent condition, with all carved details sharp, and measures 7/8" at widest point, 1/2" at narrowest point. Inside diameter is 2 1/2" and outside diameter is 3 1/2".

Though I don't claim expertise in the area of early plastic jewelry, I did test this piece with hot water and it smells like "wet wool" - indicating the protein content of Galalith.

It's really a divine bracelet of a type that's getting increasingly hard to find. Please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net for detail photos.



Antique Bracelet Early Victorian Jeweled Gilt Floral

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 111537

Antique Bracelet Early Victorian Jeweled Gilt Floral
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This richly embellished antique bracelet features a large (2" x 1 3/4") central medallion of filigree with a repousse beaded pattern. Atop that is an applied flower and leaf design in high relief - built up in layers and set with 16 clear pastes plus 3 golden glass pearls. Smaller floral medallions appear on the hinged sides, each set with one pearl.

Probable dating is circa 1840, at the start of the Victorian Romantic Period, since there's not a scrap of Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts influence. In fact, the construction is GEORGIAN with a flattened wire arrangement at the back and the pierced gallery in front. This is one of the prettiest antique bracelets I've had the opportunity to wear - a great deal more feminine than those expansion and buckle types the Victorians wore later on.

Measuring 6 3/4" in length when open and 2 1/2" in diameter when closed, it's a good fit for most women and very sturdily made. Even the filigree shows no damage. Apart from a fancy engraved silver clasp, the metal appears to be a golden brass alloy with a bright gold wash that has largely worn off the back (the only flaw I've found). We've done only a light cleaning, leaving recessed areas of patina in place, so you may want your jeweler to give it a brighter polish.

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Early 19th c Vermeil Filigree Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 111314

Early 19th c Vermeil Filigree Dangle Earrings
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Victorian or even earlier, these stunning gilded silver dangle earrings are for pierced ears and in exquisite condition. A whopping 2" long, they have the angular fish-hook backs indicative of great age.

Probably they're of Spanish origin, like our incredible vermeil bracelet (shown elsewhere in this online catalog). Since both are worked in a floral design and from the same era, the two pieces would make a to-die-for set for yourself or someone you love dearly.



2 Antique Art Deco Dress Clips Celluloid Red Roses

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Clips: Pre 1930   item# 109661

2 Antique Art Deco Dress Clips Celluloid Red Roses
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These beautifully formed and highly dimensional Art Deco clips are among the most versatile accessories you could own (or give). Besides looking fabulous on pockets, lapels and at the neckline of a dress, you can also clip them over ribbons to wear as pendants and use them to jazz up hatbands, belts and sashes, purses, scarves -- even shoes.

Measuring 2 inches long, they're in great working condition. Provenance is an East Coast estate and they date, obviously, from the 1920s.

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Rare Tsarist Russian Art Nouveau LOVEBIRDS Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 108630

Rare Tsarist Russian Art Nouveau LOVEBIRDS Brooch
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Besides its rarity, jewelry just doesn't get any more romantic than our "Love Birds" brooch. Of Russian origin, dating from Tsarist days, it's totally *ooh* and *ah* stuff, all original and in pristine condition.

This exquisite jewel is of sterling silver overlaid with intricately worked gold. Please notice the detailed ornamentation of both gold and silver areas and how the birds' sweeping tails form a sweet upside-down Heart. The silver mark "900" is stamped on reverse, along with something unintelligible to me (evidently in Cyrillic). Measuring about 1 1/2" wide by slightly more than 1" tall, it can be firmly dated to the 1890-1910 period by the presence of a very early safety clasp. Provenance is a European estate.

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Graceful Victorian Floral Spray or Comet Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 108624

Graceful Victorian Floral Spray or Comet Brooch
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The Victorian fondness for nature and gardening was reflected in jewelry of floral motifs, such as this graceful antique pin from an East Coast estate. It may also represent a comet, since the position of the catch indicates the jewel should be worn horizontally with the flowers at right or vertically with the flowers downward. It was typical in the 19th century to depict a comet's tail in floral form.

The jewel is beautifully ornate, with metalwork patterned in a foliate design, even on its reverse, and the twin posies are extremely well-crafted - each set with seven mounts that wrap claw-like prongs around large paste stones. These old crystals, as you know, sparkle more brilliantly than rhinestones, due to their high lead content. Sizeable as well as dazzling, this brooch is measures about 2" x 3/4". It has the old open "C" catch indicative of great age and a hinge of a type introduced circa 1850. The pinstem, also original, shows signs of having been snipped (as is common since those elongated ones could so easily draw blood). In its present form, the fastening latches securely. This is a *very* showy, high-quality jewel for the money. We've cleaned it only lightly, so you may wish to go farther in restoring the shine of the gilt or rolled gold metal.

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Deco Signed SS Rhinestone Necklace Earrings Set

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1940   item# 104733

 
Deco Signed SS Rhinestone Necklace Earrings Set
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Price of $165 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

For drop-dead glamor, you simply can't beat this exquisitely crafted demi-parure of diamond rhinestones set in sterling silver. The fabulously geometric 2-inch necklace drop *screams* Deco; of domed floral shape, it's made up of marquis and round stones, with 11 baguettes suspended from all that! Round stones comprise the 14-inch necklace chain, which closes with a highly ornamental clasp that's rather like a stylized butterfly. The gorgeous screwback earrings are about 1 1/8 inches long and have the same Deco baguette stone design as the necklace drop. All three pieces are signed "Deri Sterling" and their condition is superb. Probable dating would be circa 1930, making the jewels not merely vintage but antique by American 75-year-standards.

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Art Deco Beaded Coat that Went to the Oscars

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1940   item# 99968

Art Deco Beaded Coat that Went to the Oscars
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Price of $350 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

The prior owner of this astounding black velvet evening coat inherited it from her aunt, a screenwriter in Hollywood who wore it on Oscars Night during the 1930's. Fittingly, it's deluxe from its tall shirred muff of a collar to the tips of the sleeves and is as beautifully detailed on the back as the front (click through for rear view). However, I think this is a 1920's piece, instead, based on its Egyptian beading motif (trendy at the time of the King Tut exhibition).

Sadly, there's damage to beads and netting here and there; worst is that some oaf let it hang for ages on a wire hanger, fraying the shoulders of the pleated Fortuny silk lining. (Couldn't you just kill? Shades of Mommie Dearest!)

If interested in undertaking restoration of a truly amazing, one-of-a-kind treasure, which I've priced barely over what I paid to acquire it in Santa Fe, please e-mail for further details and pix. It will be museum-quality once restored and, the way this coat is cut, it will fit anyone. Thanks for looking!



1920s Art Deco Egyptian Motif Metal Assuit Shawls (2)

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1930   item# 99951

1920s Art Deco Egyptian Motif Metal Assuit Shawls (2)
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Offered are two rare, gorgeous and huge Art Deco shawls, each measuring 7 feet long and 30 inches wide! Sold at auction in England as "Indian Wedding Shawls," these proved upon research to be assuit ... an Art Deco metal fabric that gained popularity at the time of the King Tut exhibition, along with all things Egyptian.

Extremely hard to find, these shawls have a base of off-white netting, around which were wrapped bits of SOLID METAL (gold, brass, copper or perhaps an alloy) hammered thin and cut into small rectangles.

One of these two is in virtually immaculate condition. The other sadly shows some holes and staining I hope can be repaired; if not, the large central panel is fine and could be framed or used for some smaller piece of apparel. Please click through for detail shot. To confirm availability, order or request additional photos, please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net - bearing in mind that photographing these is very difficult, due to their massive size and the metal's glare.

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