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Victorian Malachite Pearl Rose Gold Cufflinks by Owen

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1900   item# 938651

Victorian Malachite Pearl Rose Gold Cufflinks by Owen
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From the Late Victorian era, these spectacular antique Art Nouveau cufflinks feature undulant scrolled frames still crisply detailed after more than a hundred years. They're ovals about 3/4" long, each inset with a slice of variegated green malachite (a great pretender, if it's celluloid) and centered with a gray faux pearl. The 7/8" engraved backs are of the early "torpedo" form, a sure indication of great age. The rosy gold metal is gilded, but it takes magnification to notice surface wear, except to the reverses. Rose gold was a great favorite in the 1890s, as it is again today, so the cufflinks most likely date from that decade.

Each link is stamped QUIKFIXR on both portions, which lets us identify the maker as Harry Owen and Sons of Birmingham, England. They were noted for quality and innovation in cufflinks, collar studs and other men's jewelry items, holding numerous patents and exhibiting at major shows. These stunning examples of their work reached us from an estate in the Carolinas.

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Antique Art Deco Enamel Cufflinks Vivid Blue and Gold

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1930   item# 703274

Antique Art Deco Enamel Cufflinks Vivid Blue and Gold
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These antique doubled-faced cufflinks couldn't be more Art Deco -- or more spectacular -- and, beyond the immediate impact of strong color contrast and pure geometry, a lot more is going on, too. Arts and Crafts influence becomes apparent as you look closely through the translucent guilloché enamels at the intricate engraving beneath. Those shimmering golden diamonds are crossed by a zigzag motif that, in the Celtic design vocabulary so important to the Arts and Crafts movement, symbolizes thunderbolts or streaks of lightning -- which in turn portend an encounter with the transcendent. Circling these, the rounds of rich cobalt blue feature a tracery of swirls, mysterious and very ancient forms suggesting paths of energy; you might see them as waves, curling flames, roots or tendrils. Obviously this is very different guilloché work than the usual, and it may well have been engraved by hand, rather than machine.

These beauties reached us from a Chicago estate and probably were made there, where many skilled and innovative jewelers were based during the early 20th century. Unfortunately there isn't a signature, nor is the metal marked. I expect it's either silver of a sturdier grade than sterling or one of those hard-wearing cousins of platinum (chromium or rhodium). It's much lighter and brighter in person than in the photograph. Mountings, connectors and the enamelwork are in lovely condition, showing only slight wear. Size is 9/16" round.

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Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1910   item# 701573

Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks
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Despite making a specialty of Belais jewelry for several years, I've previously seen their famous white gold appear with yellow gold in only four instances (two of which we were privileged to sell). Here the Belais 14k tops are set in gilded frames for a look of remarkable opulence. Move over, Diamond Jim! Too, on the practical level, the mixture of metals means you can wear these beautifully with rings and watches of either color.

Also unusual is the motif engraved on each of the cufflinks' four slightly concave oval faces. Most Belais cufflinks are obviously Art Deco, but these are earlier, detailed with a refined delicacy that's thoroughly Edwardian. Also indicating great age are the connectors, which have a fancy scrolling shape typical of Art Nouveau, a Victorian style that persisted into Edwardian times.

These cufflinks, I believe, date from early in the Edwardian era -- circa 1905. That was the year when the HWK Company was formed in Providence, RI, a major jewelry center then. HWK held the Talon Grip trademark and the reverses here are signed HWK and TALON GRIP, as well as BELAIS 14K WHITE GOLD FRONT. Size is about 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 inch, provenance is a Missouri estate and condition is very nice. The faces of these are in lovely shape but, due to more surface wear than usual to the backs and connectors, we've priced them substantially lower than other two-toned Belais cufflinks. It may well be possible to brighten those areas with a little polishing, but in any case they'd never be seen when worn.

With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can find them, particularly those by Belais. When you possess a piece bearing that legendary name, quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais Brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930) until the Great Depression caused the company's closure by destroying the market for luxury goods. If these appeal to, you'd better not delay.

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Stunning Vintage 9 Inch Inlaid Red Lacquer Hairpin Set

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Pre 1980   item# 696358

Stunning Vintage 9 Inch Inlaid Red Lacquer Hairpin Set
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These gorgeous vintage hair ornaments will fasten your hair up quickly and securely, adding exotic style while also being far kinder to hair than bobbypins and bands. Although they're usually called hair sticks now, these are technically one point hairpins -- a type used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as in Asia. These are clearly an Oriental version: longer than the European sort and worn in pairs, often crossed in the middle. That was a Japanese innovation, but the cinnabar red color here also evokes China.

Especially exciting and unusual about these is their highly abstract decoration. Conventional motifs from nature are a great deal more common than these lavish swirls of antique gold and cinnabar black. Each pin also has six inlaid panels of iridescent carved abalone plus a host of smaller accents that appear to be white shell. A lot of hand-craftsmanship went into this ornamentation, which is well sealed under clear lacquer. Presumably there's wood at the core, but none is visible. Overall condition is fabulous, showing no surface wear without high magnification and no losses of inlay.

Each pin is 9 inches long, with an effective length (the undecorated part that actually goes into your hair) of about 4.5 inches. The lower portion is smooth as silk, which is important for avoiding damage, and finishes with the rounded narrow point that also signifies high quality.

Provenance is the New Mexico estate of a lady who acquired them in San Francisco during the mid-1970s. Actual age is unknown, but they have to be at least 30 years old. The 1920s wouldn't be out of the question, since Oriental hair ornaments of this type were exceedingly popular then; if that's the case, they're antique, rather than just vintage.

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Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1920   item# 689814

Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks
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Despite making a specialty of Belais jewelry for several years, I've seen their famous white gold appear along with yellow gold in only three instances (one other of which we were privileged to sell). Here the Belais 14k tops are set in richly gilded frames and the look is wonderfully opulent. Move over, Diamond Jim! Too, on the practical level, the mixture of metals means you can wear these beautifully with rings and watches of either color.

Also unusual is the motif engraved on each of the cufflinks' four octagonal faces. Most Belais cufflinks are obviously Art Deco, but these are earlier, showing strong Arts and Crafts influence in the Celtic manner. Against a spiral background, a stylized cross forms the central element. Also indicating great age are the connectors, which have a fancy scrolling shape typical of Art Nouveau, a Victorian style that persisted into Edwardian times.

These cufflinks, I believe, date from early in the Edwardian era -- circa 1905. That was the year when the HWK Company was formed in Providence, RI, a major jewelry center then. HWK held the Talon Grip trademark and the reverses here are signed TALON GRIP, as well as BELAIS 14K WHITE GOLD FRONT. Size is 5/8 of an inch in each direction, provenance is a Louisiana estate and condition is lovely, showing only minor wear under high magnification.

With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can find them, particularly those by Belais. When you possess a piece bearing that legendary name, quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais Brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930). The onset of the Great Depression caused the New York company's closure by destroying the market for luxury goods.

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Antique Victorian Art Nouveau Floral Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1900   item# 604008

Antique Victorian Art Nouveau Floral Cufflinks
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From the Late Victorian era, these spectacular antique Art Nouveau cufflinks feature an undulant floral design in repoussé work still crisp after more than a hundred years. They measure about 3/4" by 9/16", have a smooth satin finish and are gold-filled. Gold-filled jewels being far more durable than gold-plated, these amazing cufflinks show no signs of surface wear. The only flaw we can find is a small dimple on one of the backs, which are of the early "bean" type, a sure indication of great age. The dimple wouldn't be seen in use, of course. Obviously, they can be worn beautifully by either a man or a woman.

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Medievalist Arts & Crafts Buckle with Emerald Glass

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 587920

Medievalist Arts & Crafts Buckle with Emerald Glass
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Here's another Gothic Revival buckle worthy of adorning the Victorian beauties in pre-Raphaelite paintings -- and this one's even larger and more elaborate than our other example, also hand-made in the 1860s or 1870s, probably in England.

Characteristic of the style are witchy faux-prongs like talons and metalwork with a rustic look. Here the heavy gilt brass not only undulates as if fashioned a thousand years ago, but also has a rippling surface texture. Additional adornments are two large collet-set stones of emerald green crystal, applied scrollwork decorations and touches of forest green and lavender enamel. The lacquered front has darkened to a rich patina of age, while the unlacquered reverse shines so brightly golden that it can't have been worn much. If you'd like for both sides to sparkle, a good jeweler could no doubt remove the lacquer at the front (carefully preserving the painted colors). I like it as it is, but it's always nice to have a choice.

A whopping 3 inches tall, the buckle is 2 inches wide. To wear it, stitch one end of a sash or soft belt to the bracket and, at the other end, add two eyes of metal or thread for the sturdy hooks to slip through. (You could make that process even simpler, by just tying both ends of a scarf to the central bar in back.)

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Opulent Belais 14K White Gold Cufflinks c 1900

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1910   item# 527742

Opulent Belais 14K White Gold Cufflinks c 1900
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These antique double-sided cufflinks from a Michigan estate would look equally elegant on a man or a woman. Shaped as octagons measuring 5/8" in each direction, they feature layers and layers of gorgeous engraving, elaborate zigzag edges and central plaques to monogram, if you choose.

All details are as clear and crisp as on the day these were made. I expect that day was no later than in 1905, based on the type of connectors used and the styling. Most Belais cufflinks found today are Art Deco, but these are certainly a Late Victorian or Edwardian type. Notice that the fasteners are double stirrups, rarely seen after the 19th century.

Each of the links is signed 14K Belais White Gold Front, along with the P.S.M. Co. stamp. As you may know, the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When you possess a piece marked 'Belais,' quite simply you own the best of the best. With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can get them, especially this superlative brand. If you like these, you'd better not delay.

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Exciting Arts & Crafts BELAIS 14k White Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1920   item# 507745

Exciting Arts & Crafts BELAIS 14k White Gold Cufflinks
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Even if you already have a pair of wonderful antique white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Most Belais jewels are Art Deco, but these are earlier examples showing Arts and Crafts influence in the Celtic manner. On each shield-shaped face, the zigzag symbolizing a thunderbolt or lightning flash streaks boldly through the center while, at top and bottom, engraved lines weave together into intricate knotwork, interrupted in the lower section to provide a monogram plaque -- still awaiting your initials.

This remarkable design repeats four times, as usual, since Belais links are double-ended. Each face is framed by an elaborate edge and even the connectors are ornately formed, with scrolling floral shapes that give more than a nod to Victorian Art Nouveau.

In such lovely condition that they can't have been worn much, they display every detail as clearly as on the day they were made. That day was most likely between 1910 and 1919, an important transitional period during which Edwardian design was evolving toward Art Deco. Their reverses are stamped "White Gold Front Belais 14K" and "Talon Grip." Measuring 5/8 of an inch by 1/2 inch, they reached us from a Midwestern estate.

With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can find them, particularly those by Belais. When you possess a piece bearing that legendary name, quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930). The onset of the Great Depression caused the New York company's closure by destroying the market for luxury goods.

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Rare Art Nouveau Double-Sided Sterling Cufflinks c1900

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1900   item# 506807

Rare Art Nouveau Double-Sided Sterling Cufflinks c1900
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Besides being simply gorgeous, these cufflinks are rare by virtue of having four faces at such an early date. As a rule, Victorian cufflinks have simple "bean" backs, so we see here an example of transition toward the heyday of cufflinks: Edwardian and Art Deco days, when they were equally beautiful fore and aft. It didn't last long, as we know. By the Retro era, backs were simple again, mere flip mechanisms.

These highly collectible links are wonderfully wearable today, being in superb condition. This, too, is extraordinary, given the delicacy of sterling silver, particularly when worked in repousse. About an inch long and a quarter of an inch wide, they're elongated ovals worked in an ornate feather motif -- perhaps a nod to "Prince of Wales feathers" as the Edwardian era approached or was dawning. Arts and Crafts influence is evident in the simplicity of the unusual double fish-hook connectors, each with a hallmark for Sterling (worn but legible). Had they been made in England, a panoply of markings would be present, so they're most likely American. They reached us from a Florida estate, so heavily tarnished that I broke my usual rule about leaving things as-found and gave them a good cleaning. With apologies to the purists among us, they really needed it. These beauties sparkle like the dickens now, and we can make out all the lovely Art Nouveau details.

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