All Items : Archives : Instruments and Implements : Pre 1700 item #95147 (stock #TR0153)
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This is an original gunpowder horn or flask from Germany (Bavaria?) or Low Countries - Circa 1580-1650 (late 16th to middle 17th century).

It is made of flattened cow horn and engraved on both sides. One side has a hunting scene and the other has a pattern of concentric circles.

It measures 12 inches end to tip and about 4 inches wide at the back end. It is flattened and measures 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in depth.

It is in good condition overall, but there is a wooden butt plate on the back end. There are also minor cracks and losses as should be expected of a 400+ year old artifact..

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #679876
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This heavy silver bracelet measures 195 mm (7 1/2 inches)in length (flat /open) by 35 mm (1 1/2 inches) in width. The wrist circumference measurement would be 18 mm (7 inches) when attached. It weighs about 90-95 grams or 3 troy ounces total (including stones).

It is mounted with one hundred individual cut and faceted peridot gemstones ranging from 4mm to 6 mm in various sizes and shapes. All of the stones are original and high quality throughout.

The silver is custom designed and unmarked, but guaranteed to be at least .800 silver, but more likely .925 / sterling silver in quality.

Peridot is the birthstone for August.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #594873
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This antique cloisonne figure in the form of a mythical bird with a censor on it's back measures 11 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 7 inches in depth (head to tail).

It dates from the middle 19th century to the early 20th Century in China.

It is covered all over with multicolored archaic plant and animal symbols, outlined in gold.

It is in outstanding condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #541479
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This bronze figure of a sage riding a bull measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 8 inches long (nose to tail) by approximately 3 inches in depth.

It dates to the 19th century and carries the makers mark on the reverse (see enlarged photo).

It is in very good condition and much of it's original gilding remains. It does have an added wire strap that runs from the bulls nose to the riders hand that is not original to the piece. At some time in it's history it may have been added by someone who did not know the story of " riding the bull home" and mistakenly thought that something was missing. The concept of riding the bull home represents gaining control over oneself after difficult struggles.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1920 item #787396
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This engraved silver box measures 3 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches by one inch in depth.

The top of the box has a finely chiseled and engraved Babylonian court scene with the king and his court with winged animals.

The sides are covered with engraved and repeating leaf and pattern motifs within shields.

It dates from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

It was probably produced by a Mesopotamian (Iran or Iraq) silversmith whose mark is on the inside bottom of the box along with what appears to be a standard silver mark of the period (see enlarged photo). Most Persian silver is about .84 or 84/100 silver.

It weighs about 330 grams.

It is in excellent condition except for a tiny flaw in the silver which shows up as a speck or dot on the front top rim and as a tiny (4mm) crescent shaped scar or scratch on the corresponding point on the inside of the lid. It is insignificant, but mentioned for full disclosure. The buyer will not be disappointed.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1960 item #684922
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This sterling silver belt buckle measures 2 by 2 1/2 inches.

It is set with an outstanding single cabachon (42mm x 50mm) turquoise in matrix with colors ranging from blue green to to pale through deep turquoise. (We don't know the name of the specific mine this came from, but it is gorgeous). It has a combination of turquoise and matrix that gives it the appearance of a spiderweb pattern.

It is marked .925 sterling on the reverse.

We estimate it as circa 1950-1960.

It is in excellent condition, period.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1960 item #504833
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A sterling silver cup with handle and animal engravings around upper half of field. It is signed on mark on bottom: SANBORN (within rectangular box). Condition is excellent with a few small areas of verdigris around bottom . Measurements: 2 1/2 inches diameter (3 1/2 inches with handle) by 2 inches tall.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1900 item #579229
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This is a pair of Yoruba bronze figures; each one sitting on a separate bronze stool. They were created by the old lost wax casting method.

These bronze figures are 11.5" and 10.5" in height. They are also both about 3 ½ inches in width and 3 ½ inches in depth.

They date from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century.

Their condition is excellent with a nice patina and a small area of verdigris.

The ancient Yoruba city of Owo, one of the largest on the Guinea coast, was established in the ninth century, and is located approximately midway between Ile-Ife and Benin City, the capital of the Benin kingdom. Although this was a highly vulnerable position, the Owo not only survived but managed to carve out and sustain a sizeable kingdom of their own in pre-colonial days. Owo flourished during the 15th and 16th centuries primarily because of its location along the well established trade route connecting the cities of Ife and Benin. These early trade routes significantly contributed in bringing the Benin and Ife art to the early Yoruba peoples, and Yoruba art, especially the metal work, was notably influenced by trade with both the Portuguese and the Benin and Ife Kingdoms during the 16th century. The Owo royal palace, extending over more than 108 ½ acres, was by far the largest palace in Yoruba land.

The Osugbo (Ogboni) are a society of male and female elders responsible for the selection, installation, and burial of kings, and who render judgment and stipulate punishment in cases of serious crimes in the society, including the removal of errant rulers. The powers and pacts between women and men are seen in paired images used among this society as the primary symbols of Osugbo are the paired male and female figures.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #126530 (stock #TR0214)
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This antique Japanese bronze in the form of a wooden well bucket measures 6 inches (15.3 cm) tall by about 5 inches square (13.3 X 13.5 cm).

It was cast to simulate a wooden well bucket, including wood grain, knot holes and dovetailed joints.

It is unmarked except for a small square with illegible marks on the interior of the bottom.

This old bronze dates from about the late Edo to early Meiji period (to call it 19th century should about cover it, although it may actually be earlier!).

It is in very good condition, except for a few small irregularities to the casting. There are also traces of old solder around the bottom.

It appears as if the bottom came off at one time and was put back on upside down. Subsequently any marks are on the inside.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #474426
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This antique cloisonne figure in the form of a Kylin or mythical beast measures about 12 inches long (head to tail), 8 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide. It dates from the 18th-19th century in China.

It is covered all over it's body with multicolored scales, outlined in gold. It also has outstanding gilded details. Its removable mane is still intact.

It is in outstanding condition, except for an extremely minor loss to the enamel on the tip of it's snout.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #561664
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This is a similar, but not identical, pair of 19th Century Japanese Green Cloisonne vases with bird and flower motifs.

Each of these vases measures 12 inches tall by about 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

These date circa 1870-1890.

Each of these vases has been drilled with a tiny repairable hole near it's base. They were probably converted into lamps as were many pieces of this period. One of the vases has been dropped and was slightly damaged at the base area (see closeup photo). Overall, both of these vases are quite attractive and show up well from most directions. The damage is very minor. These will please any collector who chooses value over perfection.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #630025
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This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.

It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.

It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.

The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.

The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.

All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1104534
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This delicate old Chinese brooch dates to about 100 years ago.

It measures about 1 5/8 inches (45 mm) at it's widest point (wing tip to wing tip) and 1 1/8 inch (29 mm top to bottom).

It is stamped "silver" on the reverse side .

It consists of a gilt silver filigree butterfly with attached old jades mounted as wings.

The old jades themselves are most likely worth more than the brooch, but it would be a shame to break them up.

These are flat, bean shaped jades with engraved leaf and flower motifs. Their colors range from pale celadon to apple green and they are not dyed or treated.

The overall condition of the brooch is quite nice, considering it's age and delicate nature. Someone took good care of this one.

The buyer will not be disappointed .

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #786021
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This Chinese jade carving of a reclining lion measures about 2 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches by 1 inch tall (55 mm x 38mm x 25 mm).

It consists of a very pale celadon color jade (some would call it white jade) with a few tiny brown spots or suffusions.

This carved jade lion / Fu dog / Kylin is in outstanding condition.

This museum quality jade carving dates from the Ching Dynasty in China.

The subject is a stylized and extremely well detailed lion curled up like a cat in front of a fireplace.

One of the enlargement photos shows it along with another jade lion currently being offered separately at this time. They are shown together here as an example of a few of the variations of color that celadon or white jade can show.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #594674
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This Chinese Carved Cinnabar lacquer vase measures 7 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches in diameter.

It dates from the Ching Dynasty (1644 -1911).

It is ornately carved overall with scrolling leaf and plant motifs and mountain landscapes with trees and robed sages.

It is in excellent condition with the exception of an irregularity at the base near the brass bottom rim.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1980 item #1055263
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This is an original ink and watercolor painting on paper, mounted as a scroll.

It dates to the middle of the 20th century.

This relatively large scroll measures 24 x 44 inches (painting only) and 31 x 74 inches (including the mounting).

The subject is a large number of horses running and playing in a high mountain valley. One hundred horses is a traditional subject in Chinese art that dates back hundreds of years .

This original painting is in excellent condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #184803 (stock #TR0305)
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This Japanese antique Sumida Gawa bowl measures 6 1/2 to 7 inches in diameter and three inches in depth.

It is signed on the bottom by the artist Ryosai.

It features two children looking over the rim at a small temple with a seated Buddha.

It dates circa 1890-1900.

It is in outstanding condition, except for a few extremely minor edge chips on the sleeve of the girls coat. They are very difficult to see (or photograph) but still noted for accuracy.

Japanese Sumida Gawa wares were produced in the Akasuka region of Tokyo near the Sumida River (or gawa) for which these ceramics were named. In 1866, Inoue Ryosai (Ryosai I), a Seto potter, established a kiln in this district. He became renowned for the glaze colors he developed. Ryosai II, an internationally acclaimed artist-potter who became the adopted son (and son-in-law) of Ryosai I, took over the family business and the potter’s name in 1875. The earliest Sumida wares date from the 1890’s and were often entirely covered with glaze. It was during this period that he developed the style characteristic of Sumida Gawa wares: porcelain-bodied wares with flambe curtain glazes and applied figures in high relief. The dark green glaze is assumed to have been used from 1890 through the early part of 1900.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #656859
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This Pre-Columbian Olmec seated figure measures about 3 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches deep by 1 3/4 inches wide.

The figure is fractured and repaired diagonally across it's upper section which contributes to the theory that this jade figure was ceremonially "killed ". There is a slight loss of one or more toes on the right foot and a few other small fractures.

The material is a variegated pale green nephrite with patches of oxidation and fractures to the stone throughout.

This old jade dates circa 900BC - 500BC.

The condition is very dry and fractured which is not that unusual for an artifact of this extreme age and from this culture.