This handmade bracelet is made of brass that has been molded into an abstract organic form that securely encloses an oval banded agate. It is nicely designed to sit comfortably on the wrist. The stone exhibits no wear and the brass cuff has retained its shape and soft patina. The back of the stone’s mount bears incised marks of a copyright, the date 1971 and the maker’s signature, which appears to be an S followed by ‘Bear.’ The bracelet measures approximately 2 3/8 inches across the opening, with an internal circumference of around 6 ½ inches. The top of the bracelet measures about 1 ¼ inches wide; the stone measures approximately ¾ inch long by 5/8 inch wide.
Cast as a lion's head and upper body, this ring is especially compelling for its intricate detail. The lion's mane continues from the head down to the ring's shoulder, and the tail rises from the band on the opposite side. It shows hardly any wear; the patina on the lower band suggests there is some age to the ring. The ring is unmarked and is sized to 6 ½; the lion's head measures about ¾ inch wide and ½ inch high. Weight: 9.5 grams
This modernist pin with a pendant bail is composed of an oval-shaped forged band of sterling silver with a central polished piece of banded agate. It bears the partial marks of Tone Vigeland and the Plus Workshop of Fredriksburg, Norway, and dates c. 1960. The stone, attached by adhesive to a sterling bar, exhibits nicely delineated bands of color. The stone also has an internal narrow inclusion, which imparts a dramatic effect. The back has a working rollover clasp and a bail, as well as the maker’s mark and mark for sterling silver. The piece measures 2 1/4 inches by 2 inches.
This substantial cuff bracelet features a raised design of a central frog flanked by two lizards on a textured, oxidized background. The inside of the bracelet exhibits hammering and is nicely finished, with a soft patina. It is marked Mexico/925 on an inside edge. It probably dates from the 1980s. The cuff has a 7-inch inner circumference and measures 1 1/4 inches at the widest point and 3/4 inch between terminals. Weight: 57.5 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1319907 (stock #J2682)
These cuff links exhibit both a sturdy look and construction. They were probably produced for the tourist trade by different silversmiths in the same workshop, as each is slightly different from the other, mostly in the fins. The backs of one linked pair indicates the maker M. Velazquez; all are marked Sterling/Made in Mexico in the pre-1950s style. The back rings connect to short bridge chains; one rings is slightly bent but there is no damage or metal stress. Each fish button measures 3/4 inch by 5/8 inch. Weight: 12.8 grams total
A colorful pendant enameled in various shades of green, reportedly designed by Toril Bjorg for David-Andersen in 1977. It is well marked on the back, and measures 2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches at its widest part. The pendant comes with a long Italian sterling silver chain from the same period. Weight (pendant): 15.2 grams
This silver pin evokes the late Arts and Crafts era with its hammered-look surface and serpentine vines. The applied feature coral-colored glass bead centers for a nice splash of color. The hooded clasp completes the artisan look. The piece was probably made during the late 1940s-1950s to imitate the popular Scandinavian aesthetic of the time. It is unmarked. The pin measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Gross weight: 18.2 grams
This artisan-signed piece is composed of a shield-shaped copper pendant embedded with curved bands of silver in an abstract design. The surface of the copper looks to have an acrylic coating. The top of the pendant serves as an embossed silver tube through which a sterling snake chain has been run and finished with a handmade hook clasp. The back of the pendant is signed Katie Cleaver, Bennington, VT, and dated April 10, 1991. There is also a mark for copper. The pendant measures 1 7/8 inches by 1 3/4 inches; the chain is 16 1/2 inches long.
These mid-century earrings are composed of recessed rectangular gilded sterling silver plaques enameled in a deep blue with a linear design under the glaze. Two raised vertical lines of gilded sterling decorate the center. They are secured by screw backs in good working order, and are signed Balle 925 for Øystein Balle of Norway. They measure 1 inch long by 3/4 inch wide. Weight: 10.1 grams
This Mexican cuff features a ladder-like design enhanced with dark incised outlines. It is quite comfortable and fits a medium-sized wrist. The surface exhibits tiny dots of tarnish but the patina has the softness of age. The cuff has retained its shape and is in very good vintage condition. It dates 1960s-1970s and is marked on the inner band with the Eagle 2 and the maker's initials that look like CSM within a circular Taxco/Mexico/925 mark. The band measures 7/8 inch wide; the inner circumference is about 6 3/4 inches. The cuff’s opening measures a little over 2 1/4 inches across and there is just under an inch between the terminals. Weight: 39.7 grams
This double-hinged bangle, a mid-century design by Sigfredo Pineda, features a central oval amethyst cabochon, framed in sterling silver and highly polished. It is surrounded by two sets of slender sterling silver bands enclosing it like fingers. The bracelets band is in three sections, with a soft patina from age, and the two hinge pins are very secure. The push-down clasp is in good working order, and there is a long, delicate safety chain attached by soldered rings. The inner band exhibits the Sigi mark, Eagle 3, a circular country mark and the design mark of 257. The bracelet has a 6 ½-inch inner circumference; the stone measures 1 inch by ¾ in. The band measures 5/8 inch wide.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1319799 (stock #J2677)
These 1920s cuff links are beautifully enameled in dark blue on a white ground; elaborate carved designs show through the enamel. Each button is edged with embossed sterling silver scrolls. Embedded vertical silver lines run down the center of the white ground and frame the blue diamond-shaped reserves. The bridge bars are secure and show no signs of metal stress; they each bear the maker’s mark C.Q.&R. for Carter, Qvarnstrom & Remington (1899-1930s), of Attleboro, MA . Each button measures 5/8 inch by ½ inch. Weight: 4.9 grams total
This interesting handmade ring is composed of applied angular bands of various textures. A split band is attached asymmetrically to each side. The ring is unmarked, but tests definitively for silver. It is probably from the 1970s, and is sized approximately a 6 scant. Weight: 5 grams
Composed of five connected sterling panels, each decorated with two applied sterling calla lilies and gilded leaves. The flap clasp is very secure, as are all connecting rings; the sterling safety chain has a spring-ring clasp. The flap has an indecipherable mark, possibly for a maker, between the mark for sterling and the mark for gold content: 1/20 10kt G.F. (for gold-filled). The bracelet measures 7 ¼ inches long, including the clasp, and just under 1 ¼ inches wide. Weight: 57.9 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1319795 (stock #J2683)
The rich look of these cuff links comes from the intricate engine-turned engraving and deeply embossed scrolled, vine-like borders. The backs exhibit securely soldered split bridge bars connected to domed anchor buttons known as bean backs. The bridge bars bear the mark for 14kt gold and what looks to be the maker’s mark of M.B. Bryant & Co., New York (1896-1915). There are tiny dots of tarnish on the fronts of both cuff links. Each rectangular button measures 5/8 inch by ½ inch. Weight: 5.8 grams total
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Georg Jensen : Pre 1980 item #1319793 (stock #J2648)
This popular Georg Jensen design features a deeply recessed, oxidized groove around the entire band that is embedded with tiny silver beads. The inside of the band bears the Jensen post-1945 mark, country and sterling marks, and design number of 60 B. The ring is sized at approximately an 8 1/4. Weight: 3.3 grams
This unusual bracelet is cleverly hand-built from cast circular elements, each riveted to the next. The rivets allow the circular pieces to move as on a hinge, and each is connected at an angle to accommodate a comfortable fit on the wrist. The box clasp is sturdy and secure, with a figure-eight safety catch. Although the circular elements are hollow, the bracelet has a good heft and has a Constructivist aesthetic. It is probably from the 1970s. The clasp is marked 925 for sterling silver. The bracelet measures about 7 inches long by 3/8 inch wide. Weight: 46.5 grams
This pin bridges mid-century modernist and Southwest aesthetics with its angular design and polished ceramic cabochon resembling turquoise. It’s marked 925 for sterling silver at one end; the original rollover clasp is very secure. The pin measures about 3 inches long by ¾ inch wide.