OUTSTANDING antique inkwell quill pen, or dip pen, circa 1870s post-Civil War era. Pen is marked STERLING with a maker mark. Wonderful repousse work. No dents or cracks! Measures 7.5” in length including the nib. An excellent example of a highly collectible pen from the 19th Century.
Japanese satsuma pin set in a silver colored mount. Skillfully enameled in bright vivid colors featuring 2 women serving tea with a child looking on. Signed FS in a diamond and another mark with Japanese characters.
Measures 1 7/8" in diameter. In overall good condition with no chips or repairs.
A rather novel American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Match Safe with a hidden photo compartment. These match safes were often referred to as Mistress Matchsafes, since they often contained a photograph of a lovely woman assumed to be the mistress. The front of the match safe looks like it has a cartouche that has not been engraved, however, when the small raised button below this cartouche is pushed, it activates a mechanism that raises the cartouche and the hidden photo compartment appears. The ...click for details
An Italian micro mosaic frame decorated in teal, white, and brown with a spiraling rope twist accent around the outer edge of the frame and the inner edge of the picture area.
The frame is an oval standing on two legs. Total height of frame is 4 inches and 2 3/4" wide. The picture area measures 2 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide.
Late 19th / Early 20th Century Nutcracker Press - Table Screw with floral decoration throughout the metal. The handle has a walnut on each end (pictured on pg. 129 in "The Art & Character of Nutcrackers" by Arlene Wagner). The underside of the base is marked S. SILVERBERG MFG.CO. WASH, D.C.
From the Arts & Crafts period, a silver patina vase with a sterling overlay design of 3 swans in the water. The swans are in 3 different positions. The work is that of a line called "Silver Crest" made by the Smith Metal Arts Company when many of the Heintz metal workers left the Heintz Art Metal Shop and founded the Smith Metal Arts Company in 1919. This piece is acid etched with a silver bronze finish for which the company was known. ...click for details