This outstanding bracelet, by renowned South American jeweler Antonio Belgiorno, is composed of slightly concave disks with delicately textured top surfaces. It has a substantial look and exhibits classic mid-century design. One side of the tongue bears the mark A Belgiorno, Buenos Aires, and an obscured rectangular mark that could indicate Industria Argentina; the other side indicates T27 and 900 for silver content in a diamond reserve. The connecting links are securely soldered, the box clasp is in good working order, and the safety chain provides added security. The texture surfaces of the disks have been left tarnished to enhance the design, but they could stand a very light cloth polishing. The bracelet measures 7 ¼ inches long; the disks measure ¾ inch in diameter and are 1/8 inch thick. Weight: 56.2 grams
A heavy, organic design distinguishes this handmade Mexican ring from its contemporaries. The stone is set within a vine-like mount, and is highly polished, fiery, showing very little wear. The ring band and mount have somewhat of a rough, handcrafted look, and the surface has a robust patina from age. It dates c. 1960, and is partially marked Mexico on the inner band on one side, and 925 with another mark starting with M that could be for Mexico or the maker’s initials. The outer band shows a worn Eagle 2. The ring is approximately a size 8 ½; the top measures approximately 1 inch by 1 inch.
A circular sterling silver pin made of two entwined strands of forged wire, this piece has a nice, sturdy feel and warm patina from age. It is signed on the back with Madeleine Turner’s mark and the terms “An Original/ Handwrought/ Sterling.” Turner was a talented New York jeweler who worked during the 1940s and 1950s. She was one of the artisans hired by Frederick Lunning to produce for the Georg Jensen USA line and exhibited her work at the Museum of Modern Art in the late 1940s. This classic piece has the original rollover clasp, which is in good working order. It measures 1 ¾ inches in diameter. Weight: 10.2 grams
A charming piece composed of a sterling silver fish pendant on its original chain, this necklace exhibits the fine workmanship typical of mid-century Italian jewelry. The fish’s features are enhanced with cobalt and green enamel, and its tail moves on a hinge. All the pieces are riveted together, and the cable chain features flattened, oval links. The pendant and chain bear the Italian mark for sterling, registered Arezzo, dating 1944-1968. The pendant measures 2 inches long (including the bail) by 1½ inches wide; the chain measures 13 ¾ inches long when doubled. Weight: 24.1 grams total
A lively, handmade piece of holiday cheer, this is a classic 1960s Mexican pin of a nice size, with hardly any wear. All three bells have their clappers, and the connecting links are completely soldered. It is marked sterling inside the longest bell, along with the maker’s mark of Dámaso Gallegos, Taxco. It measures 3 inches long by 2 inches wide. Weight: 15.2 grams
A highly decorative piece in gilded sterling silver designed with a graceful movement, this starfish pin has a rich, textured look. It features yellow-green guilloche enamel with raised graduated disks running down each arm enameled in white. The entire piece is jag edged, and has a convex shape. It dates from the 1960s and bears the maker’s mark of Ivar T. Holth of Oslo. Please note that the first two images show the truest color. The pin measures 1 ¾ inches wide. Weight: 8.3 grams
These earrings feature an eclectic design of a three-petal flower with a central faceted yellowish glass gem, suspending a curved embossed panel with an applied bird. They date c. 1950 or earlier, and have kidney wires with secure hooks. They are highly oxidized and could certainly be lightly and carefully polished. Each is marked 925 Mexico on the back and measures 1 ½ inches long by ¾ inch wide. Gross weight: 5.6 grams total
Bakelite Bead Necklace This festive necklace is composed of large, faceted Bakelite beads interspersed with round one. The necklace has been restrung with a new yellow metal spring-ring clasp and jump ring, so is quite secure. The beads come in butterscotch, black, cherry, root beer, dark brown, orange and marbled green, to name a few shades. There is one round bead that appears to be Prystal. All beads definitively pass the Simichrome test except for the black. They are probably from the 1940s. The necklace measures 21 inches long; the large beads are ½ inch wide.
This pin offers a bold design with an oxidized, textured surface and recessed center. The rounded edge is decorated with applied half-beads. There is a silver mark for Poland on the pin stem, but the mark is partial so doesn’t indicate city of assay or silver content. The piece is from the 1960s-1970s, is sturdy and exhibits a lustrous surface; the catch is formed from a wide band into an updated C-clasp. It measures 2 ¼ inches long by 1 ½ inches wide. Weight: 11.9 grams
A bold, silver-plated bracelet of three strands that can be worn with either side showing. The leaf-like elements composing the strands fold over to make linked ‘pockets’ with a feathery design on one side and an impressed linear design on the other. The bracelet is secured with a clever tubular clasp and safety chain; the Napier mark is on the clasp. The piece dates ca. 1955 and measures 8 ½ inches long by 2 inches wide.
This dramatic necklace is composed of linked panels of various shapes, decorated with applied brass wirework and pink stone beads, possibly untreated tourmaline. The modified figure-eight chain is brass. It dates around 1960, and the design is often attributed to the Mexican jeweler Maya, although there is only a partial mark for Mexico on the back. The necklace measures approximately 18 ½ inches long; the pendant measures 6 ½ inches long by 2 3/4 inches wide.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1317378 (stock #J2631)
These 1920s two-sided cuff links are nicely decorated, with molded circular centers reminiscent of engine-turned engraving and black enameled, eight-sided borders. They are marked sterling on the backs and the buttons are securely connected with soldered bridge links. Each measures ½ inch wide. Weight 5.6 grams
An elegant, early 20th-century pin decorated with tour á guilloché enamel within wire reserves. A mauve zigzag pattern borders a diamond-pattern white center bisected by silver wire and a band of mauve. Gold stars and flying birds are embedded around the edge and at each end. It has a strong pin stem that hooks into a hooded C-clasp. The back is marked sterling and ‘Genuine Cloisonne’; it bears the maker’s mark of Watson Co. of Attleboro, MA. The pin measues 2 inches long by 1 ¾ inches wide. Weight: 9.9 grams
Featuring a delicate, butterfly-like design, these earrings are unmarked except for a sterling mark, but definitely read Mexican. Most likely they date from the 1950s and measure 1 5/8 inches long by 1 inch wide. They are secured by kidney wires with hooks and are worn perpendicular to the ear. Weight: 5.8 grams total
Probably Chinese, set with faux turquoise and coral-colored enamel, this jaunty pin is shaped as a walking rooster carrying a basket of eggs. It is marked as silver on the back of the wing holding the basket; it also tests very strongly for sterling. It is secured with a rollover clasp in good working order. The pin measures 1 3/8 inches high by 1 ½ inches wide. Gross weight: 5.7 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1316571 (stock #J2640 )
These oval undecorated sterling cuff links feature undecorated convex centers and recessed edges. They bear the mark of Link & Angell, a premier cuff link maker in Newark, NJ; they date c. 1910. The cuff links are of a good quality with securely soldered bridge links. Each button measures ¾ inch long by ½ inch wide. Weight: 6.7grams total
Delicate wire rings define this 1970s handmade chain necklace by Boston jeweler John Lewis. Each loop is securely soldered and quite durable despite its lightweight look and feel. The maker’s hockey stick mark, as well as the sterling mark, appears on the ring attached to the hook. The chain measures 19 ¼ inches long; the widest loops measure ¾ inch in diameter. Weight: 10.3 grams
An enameled violin is suspended from an enameled treble clef, both enhanced with marcasite. The clef bears a rollover clasp on the back, and the violin is marked Germany/sterling silver. When worn with the clef at a slight angle, the 1960s pin measures approximately 2 inches long by ¾ inch wide at the violin. Weight: 5.2 grams