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Dapper Deco Cufflinks Engraved with Pinstripes

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Silver: Pre 1930   item# 1220366

Dapper Deco Cufflinks Engraved with Pinstripes
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These handsome links offer the look of white gold or platinum for a lot less, since there are no markings. They're made of white metal through and through, with brighter faces that appear plated with rhodium or chromium (hard-wearing, tarnish-free cousins of platinum).

An early 1920s dating is most likely, since their subtle stripes and shield shapes have more in common with the elegant Edwardian era than the exuberance of later Art Deco design. Age-appropriate surface wear is evident only with high magnification. Size is 3/4" x 1/2" and provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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Stunning Antique Arts & Crafts Cufflinks by HWK c1910

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Silver: Pre 1920   item# 1220203

Stunning Antique Arts & Crafts Cufflinks by HWK c1910
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These splendid old beauties would meet anybody's definition of spectacular, even without their gilded edges and reverses. I'm very partial to 2-tone jewelry, because it can be worn with both white and yellow metals -- and, besides the versatility, there's a look of pure opulence.

Helping us date these remarkable cufflinks is the fact that their maker, the HWK Company, opened in 1905 and had closed by the 1920s. They were among the style leaders in Providence, RI, then a major jewelry center. Their cufflinks, some with their Talon Grip brand, often incorporated intricate white gold tops fashioned by the Belais brothers in Manhattan. That influence is strongly apparent here in the elaborate engraving of popular motifs including Celtic symbols and natural shapes evocative of sunrises and rainbows. They simply couldn't be more Arts & Crafts in design.

In the absence of markings, I'd say the white metal is most likely chromium or rhodium, hard-wearing cousins of platinum, which don't tarnish. Because the tops aren't actually Belais gold, here's a wonderful opportunity to pick up a really expensive-looking pair of cufflinks at a bargain price. Size is about 3/4" x 1/2" and provenance is a Missouri estate.

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Exquisite Antique Victorian Enameled MOP Cufflinks

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 1007944

Exquisite Antique Victorian Enameled MOP Cufflinks
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I don't know what's more astounding about these cufflinks -- their sheer beauty or the superb condition of such delicate surfaces after more than 100 years. You'll be equally amazed by both attributes, when you see these rare and gorgeous links in person. The sumptuous hand-enameled pattern suggesta Kashmir shawl, and that effect was no doubt intended, since the Victorians were so enchanted by those exotic, luxurious fabrics. Adding even more delight, the underlying mother-of-pearl iridesces beneath the paintwork for a lovely glow.

The octagonal faces measure 7/8" x 5/8" and the torpedo-shaped backs 7/8" long are attached by chains, a fastening system that's quintessentially Victorian. Provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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Spectacular Vintage Pencil on a Chain Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Pre 1930   item# 1007871

Spectacular Vintage Pencil on a Chain Necklace
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Can't find a pencil when you need one? Try wearing it, as hard-working ladies often did in the Art Deco era!

This beautiful mechanical pencil has the look of patterned rosewood and it still works beautifully, too. Although it became separated at some time from its original chain, we found a lovely replacement -- possibly not as old as the pencil, which is now antique by American 75-year standards, but certainly vintage.

The chain measures about 24 inches long, so will slide easily over your head, and comes from a New England estate. The pencil, about 4 inches long, was a Texas estate find.

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Art Nouveau Comb and 4 More Vintage Hair Accents

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Pre 1950   item# 691488

Art Nouveau Comb and 4 More Vintage Hair Accents
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Here's a great group of vintage hair accessories from the mid-20th century and earlier. The star is the 3.5-inch French hairpin of mock tortoiseshell, crowned by an Art Nouveau medallion of silver metal worked in repousse. The comb, marked France, is of a type used from the 1920s, but the dual portrait medallion is from around 1900. I'm sure it began life in another form, possibly as a button top. At some point these were glued together and the result is remarkably beautiful.

Rounding out the collection are three combs and a ponytail holder from the 1940s, also of faux tortoise. Two are blonde tortoise, with a lot of color contrast, measuring about 3 inches wide. The others, similar in size, are auburn-toned. One blonde comb is missing an outer tooth, but that wouldn't be seen in use.

The group has been assembled from various estate collections. These accessories will be perfect with the Retro-inspired hairstyles so fashionable this season.

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Antique Victorian Enamel and Gold Alpine Cufflinks

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Gold: Pre 1900   item# 687173

Antique Victorian Enamel and Gold Alpine Cufflinks
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Among the most exciting and truly unusual cufflinks that I've seen anywhere in the world, these were discovered in Paris and could conceivably be French or Swiss. However, my top guess for point of origin is Scandinavia, due to the marvelously stylized design. The enamelwork looks almost modernist and yet these cufflinks are of a type made only in the 19th century. The torpedo-shaped backs with chains are quintessentially Victorian. Perhaps a Scandinavian jeweler came to Scotland, no great distance, and adapted to the craze for Highland items that began after Queen Victoria acquired Balmoral Castle in 1848. Motifs like this mountain goat (or deer) -- along with Highland Stags, Celtic designs and "pebble" jewelry -- became wildly popular, as Vicky's courtiers and other subjects laced on their boots and took to hiking the Cairngorms.

These cufflinks were certainly regarded as special even by their original owner, because their condition is exceptionally fine. The torpedoes and chain gleam like new and only slight surface wear can be observed with high magnification on the enamel plaques and their reverses. The colorful tops pack buckets of style into their 1/2" by 1/4" area; the chains are about 3/4" long and the torpedoes, which feature sparkling bright-cut detail at the back, are about 7/8" long. Since enamelwork is typically done on silver, I expect its edges and reverse are vermeil (gold-washed sterling). The torpedoes and chains may well be be carat gold; at the very least, they're gold-filled, which means any underlying metal is encased in so much gold that the finish almost never wears out.

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Victorian Arts and Crafts Moonstone Cufflinks Orig Box

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Gold: Pre 1900   item# 620541

Victorian Arts and Crafts Moonstone Cufflinks Orig Box
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These gorgeous antique cuff links show strong Arts & Crafts influence in the cabochon cut of the luminous blue-white moonstones, their bezel settings with handsomely detailed frames and the overall quality of hand-workmanship. They also have the characteristically Victorian "bean" backs that indicate 19th century origin.

The faces measure 3/4 inches long, so these are very good-sized moonstones. The metal appears to be rolled gold, thus much more durable than plating. Making these even more collectible (and giftable), they still have what appears to be their original box of issue. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate and most likely dating is circa 1890. Under magnification, age-appropriate surface wear is naturally present. I should mention also that one moonstone is a bit thicker at one end than the other, unless it's slipped to a slight tilt within the mounting.

Other antique moonstone cufflink sets I've seen online are commanding prices between $400 and $800, so these are a wonderful bargain -- especially while on sale.

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Lovely Antique Art Deco Rhinestone Fan Shoe Clips

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Gold: Pre 1940   item# 587919

Lovely Antique Art Deco Rhinestone Fan Shoe Clips
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These spectacular shoe clips are of heavy gilt brass, formed in ovals with fans set in the centers. Each fan is crowned with six glorious diamond rhinestones so vividly prismic that I thought at first they were aurora borealis. Since the chemical treatment that produces those weren't developed until around 1950 and this is definitely NOT a 1950s style, I examined them more closely and found they're just incredibly good crystals: top-of-the-line faceted glass from Czechoslovakia or Austria.

The rose gold gilding is wonderful, too. Look how well it's held up through all these years. It takes high magnification to notice any wear, except on the reverses. Look also at how the thick and sturdy the folding clips in back are. They simply haven't been made this well since the Art Deco era. These aren't at all the flimsy type of shoe clip that came along later.

Dating from between 1925 and 1935, they're antique or within a few years of it, by American 75-year standards. Size is 1 3/4" by 7/8" and provenance is a West Coast estate.

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Estate Diamond Case Gruen Precision Quartz Watch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Pre 1980   item# 517442

Estate Diamond Case Gruen Precision Quartz Watch
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If you want a vintage watch that's as dainty as possible, while also being highly accurate and luxuriously set with diamonds, this could be the one for you. Measuring 6 1/4" long (with the clasp now set at about 6"), it's perfect for a petite woman who prefers the white metals. Its case measures just 3/8" wide by 7/8" long and the band width is about 1/4". The quartz wristwatch revolution that began in 1969 reached its peak of achievement around 1980, when this lovely ladies' watch was crafted. The thinness of a quartz movement inspired and enabled designers to create sleek ultra-feminine styles that were never seen before and seldom seen after.

Despite its tiny size, this watch is elegantly detailed. The 10 diamonds around the dial alternate with squares of faceted metal; the enamel face has a subtle texture; and the integral band is patterned like snakeskin (and very flexible). Hands are black-enameled and, instead of numerals, streamlined strips of white metal mark the hours.

The clasp reads "Italy" on reverse and the dial reads "Gruen Precision Quartz." On the back of the case are the words, "Gruen Since 1874" and "Stainless Steel Base Metal Bezel." I haven't been able to find any other metal marks, which possibly were on the length of band removed at one end when it was resized. Probably there's white gold at least around the diamonds, but I can't make that claim firmly and am pricing the watch as if made of chromium, rhodium or the like. It certainly has a wonderful, bright surface that will go beautifully with your white gold, platinum and sterling jewelry.

Condition of this watch is marvelous; it can't have been worn much. Even the crystal shows no signs of wear except under very high magnification. We've treated it to a new battery and it's running fine.

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Extremely Rare Edwardian Beaded Bag, Comet Motif

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Cufflinks and Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 403110

Extremely Rare Edwardian Beaded Bag, Comet Motif
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Halley's Comet put on a particularly bright show in 1910, inspiring a craze for comet jewelry (as happened also in 1835). Comet brooches are rare and highly collectible, but this purse is even more unusual. In fact, I've never seen any other beaded bag of this type! While the "British Made" tag tells us it's a manufactured purse, rather than a personal original, there can't have been many of them. Actually this has been a star of my personal evening purse collection for about 20 years, since I acquired it in London. Now that I'm in New Mexico, there's much less occasion to take it out on the town, so someone who can use and enjoy it should own it.

As you see, comet heads and their tails blaze in clear and gold crystal across the front of this bag, against a night-sky background of fine black beads. The reverse is also beaded all over in black and each end has two ribboning trails of clear and gold. Side edges are beaded, as well. The shape, an envelope, was introduced in the Victorian era and in this case it's very spacious. Overall size is about 9 1/2 by 5 inches, so there's loads of room for your essentials. A built-in coin purse is present, as was usual in this period, and there's a mirror compartment. Condition is truly remarkable, given that this bag is nearly 100 years old. VERY few beads are loose or lost and the only damage to the silk is wear at the edge of the coin purse. Tucked inside the side compartment is a little fabric strap, which was used for some purpose unknown to me; at one end this shows traces of a white substance (perhaps glue residue). The snap closure, marked "Made in England", is a little wavy but secure.

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