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Quality Boho Safari Bracelet of Wood on Brass, Hippie Vintage

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Pre 1980   item# 1305128

Quality Boho Safari Bracelet of Wood on Brass, Hippie Vintage
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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, even casual jewelry was made proudly and well. This is a really good example: an early import from India made of thick, sturdy brass overlaid with slabs of thick, sturdy wood -- artfully carved and colored with wildlife stripes.

We hippies (yes, I was one) adored this sort of thing. Sadly, we weren't awfully good at taking care of our toys, or even keeping track of them, so a bracelet this good is a rare find today. From its superb condition and the original tag inside, we can tell that it probably came from old store stock, never worn. In storage, the metal managed to acquire a lovely soft age patina that I wouldn't dream of polishing off, but of course that's up to the new owner.

Width of the bracelet is 7/8" and its interior diameter is a roomy 2 5/8". If yo u're small, you may want to wear it on your upper arm -- a very sexy look! Or you could fit it to a small wrist by tying a scarf around it. (How cute would a jungle print be?)

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Sinuous Sterling Modernist Swirl Ring circa 1950 Retro Era

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1960   item# 1305114

Sinuous Sterling Modernist Swirl Ring circa 1950 Retro Era
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This ring is absolutely mesmerizing. It draws you in like a whirlpool -- no surprise, since that's the shape of it. You could also think of its graceful design as a vortex, a whorl, a gyre or even a pinwheel. Whatever you call it, it's certain to command attention.

When this beauty crossed my path, it wasn't just tarnished; it was soot-black! Normally I leave things as found, in deference to the purists among us, or polish them only lightly, but a deep cleaning was required here. Exposing the silver exposed a sterling mark (925).We didn't find a maker mark, but the ring does appear to be hand-crafted.

Provenance is a mid-century collection from the East Coast and current size is about a US 6.5, easily altered since the shank is plain.

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Vintage Sterling Marcasite Rose Ring by Clark and Coombs

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Period: Pre 1960   item# 1304805

Vintage Sterling Marcasite Rose Ring by Clark and Coombs
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Yes, this certainly does look just like the famous antique Art Nouveau rose ring by Uncas. The minute we get one of those, it's gone -- usually via a waiting list -- so the Clark and Coombs version will probably prove popular, too. It's a great bargain, being a more recent example, so you should probably grab it quickly if it appeals to you. Its design, as you see, is the same enchanting open rose sparkling with marcasite dewdrops and the size is identical, too: a knuckle-covering 1 1/4 inches tall and 3/4 of an inch wide at leaf level.

That the ring isn't by Uncas came as a great surprise to me. I've since learned that these two venerable companies -- dating from 1862 (C&C) and 1911 (Uncas) -- became rivals in the bustling jewelry industry that grew up around Providence, Rhode Island. Some of their product disputes landed in court during the 1950s and this presumably dates from that era, since Uncas evidently won its case regarding the rose motif and C&C production had to end. It looks virtually unworn, though -- a nice bit of luck for the next owner. About pricing, this would cost at least $100 more if it were an antique Art Nouveau piece by Uncas, instead of a vintage Art Nouveau Revival piece by C&C. Present size is about a U.S. 6.75, easily changed since the back of the shank isn't ornamented. Stamps are "Sterling" and the Clark & Coombs logo.

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Deco Flapper Beads of Natural Stones Cut like Salt Water Taffy

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1940   item# 1304705

Deco Flapper Beads of Natural Stones Cut like Salt Water Taffy
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Nothing could be beachier than our whopping 50-inch necklace made of candy-colored beads shaped like salt water taffy logs! However, this luscious slice of summertime is far from a typical seaside souvenir. It's a high-end piece featuring artfully cut and polished natural agates that weigh nearly 83 grams (414 carats). Their shades evoke the flavors of banana, blueberry, cherry, lime, grape and huckleberry. Each about 3/4 of an inch long, they're individually knotted like fine pearls, on thread so sturdy I'd call it twine if it were nubby. Being smooth, this soft cocoa-colored fiber seems comparable to the heavy wool floss used for crewelwork embroidery. The stones' sheen is so pronounced that a special finish may have been applied, plus possibly hand-painted accents.

Given that the necklace is of such high quality, my speculation is that it was a honeymoon gift to a bride who stayed at one of the grand Atlantic beach resorts operating from late Victorian times through the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. That was also the heyday of salt water taffy -- so many a new husband surely gave "sweets to the sweet" in the form of jewelry concocted by clever local artisans.

We date the jewel circa 1925-1935 and a clasp right for the period is present -- although, on a strand more than four feet long, you'll probably never use it. Clearly, this is a necklace that will go beautifully with anything and it can be looped double or triple to suit any neckline. Provenance is a Massachusetts estate.

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Lovely Antique Jeweled Suffragette Brooch World War I Era

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1920   item# 1304339

Lovely Antique Jeweled Suffragette Brooch World War I Era
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This wonderful antique brooch makes a powerful feminist statement, while being extremely elegant. We date it to Edwardian times, give or take a few years. A hint of Victorian Art Nouveau is evident in its curvaceous forms, but they also display the refined delicacy and airiness characteristic of Edwardian and transitional styles. As is appropriate for the period, the openwork setting is intricate and highly dimensional, rich with detail even on the back, and the fittings include quite an old type of hinge, an early type of safety clasp and a pinsteam obviously snipped at some point from the dangerous length associated with great age.

The brooch reached us from an East Coast estate, but most likely was made for export in Bohemia, which for centuries produced the finest simulated gems, as well as ornate and rather fanciful mounts that were widely prized. The area became Czechoslovakia after World War I, but was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Here the centerpiece is a huge and gorgeous cabochon of faux-moonstone that echoes the jewel's overall shape (an oval measuring about 2.25" x 1.25"). Around the central stone are four round cabochons, two of faux emerald and two of faux amethyst. All appear original and are in great shape, as is the gilt filigree metalwork. The reverse shows only minor losses of finish and it takes high magnification to see any on the front. Suffragette jewels often survive in good condition, having been worn only occasionally (at meetings and when marching for the vote), but this one is truly exceptional.

As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, the unusual combination of green, purple and white had deep meaning for early feminists. For them, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any. The wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts and pearls or diamonds with green stones such as emeralds or peridots, but pretend gems were naturally favored by the majority.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe that right, which was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry began rapidly gaining value when the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings).

Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation. I especially enjoy wearing mine during election seasons. Although we try our best to maintain a good selection, it's hard to keep up with growing demand, now that the genre has been rediscovered. If this particular piece speaks to you, it could be wise not to delay.

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Charming Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Mixed Media: Vanity: Pre 1930   item# 1284800

Charming Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder
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What a romantic gift this antique enameled brass compact would be for your favorite lady! Love is written all over it - literally - in loads of languages. "Ich liebe dich" and "Te Vous Aime" are just the beginning; there are even Oriental characters, as well as the English words, "I love you."

The patent number 1439749 allows us to date this beauty precisely to the very dawn of the Art Deco era. It also bears a maker stamp - SCHILDKRAUT PROD CORP DISTRIBUTOR NEW YORK - and a label "L" on the lipstick. In good condition for a functional item of this age, it comes from -- bet you guessed it -- an estate in Florida, the ultimate Art Deco mecca.

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Antique Gold Twin Hearts Ring for Girl or Petite Lady c 1930

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1940   item# 1284794

Antique Gold Twin Hearts Ring for Girl or Petite Lady c 1930
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This graceful double heart ring is of a style sometimes called Depression Deco -- characterized by pretty, spirit-lifting motifs, openwork designs that made precious metals go farther and textural details that add sparkle without gems, like the incised patterns here, to the side of each heart. This is such a great example of jewelry from the "do more with less" 1930s that it has real historical importance.

Of hallmarked 10k gold, the ring is in excellent condition, as you see. Now a dainty size 3, it could of course be sized up by any good jeweler, if desired.

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1940s Retro Trifari Rose Gold Vermeil Heart Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Retro: Pre 1950   item# 1284785

1940s Retro Trifari Rose Gold Vermeil Heart Earrings
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During World War II, when lesser metals were required for military use, jewelry makers turned to sterling. The result was very classy, especially when the silver was washed with gold -- like these exceptionally fine vermeil earclips by Trifari, set with loads of brilliant baguette rhinestones.

Interestingly, rose gold -- a color tremendously popular then and flattering to every complexion -- has again been designated the "it" jewelry color by today's top designers.

The heart shape was a mainstay of wartime fashion, attesting to love for a sweetheart far away, and of course romance never goes out of style.

For both high quality and sentiment, jewels from this era are highly collectible today and rapidly appreciating in value as they approach antique status (75 years, by American standards). From a Dallas area estate, these earrings measure about 1" x 3/4" and are in superb condition. They're marked for sterling and bear the Trifari stamp.

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Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 1276555

Exquisitely Embroiderered Antique Christening Cape
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The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Among the most treasured family heirlooms are christening clothes: the long dresses also called robes (although they're lightweight and lacy) and the heavier capes or mantles worn over them to keep the new baby warm enough. This English mantle is a spectacular example of the latter, most likely 19th century Victorian and certainly no later than Edwardian. Although at least 100 years old, it's in marvelous condition -- clear testament to how greatly it was prized.

Christening mantles have been fashioned since the 18th century, when they replaced enormous "bearing cloths" so long and heavy with sumptuous decoration that it took a team of ladies to carry them into the church. The attendants followed along behind the godmother, who held the child wrapped in one end of it. Although that custom ended, the desire to dress the baby like a prince or princess didn't. Parents wanted their precious little ones to make their debuts before God and society in the most lavish mantles they could afford.

This one meets all the traditional criteria for excellence: luxuriously soft white and off-white fabrics, meticulous hand-stitching and beautiful embellishments. Fine embroidery adorns both its large scalloped cape collar and the smaller one at the neck, and two rows of pintucked pleats add dimension all around the voluminous hemline. The cape is almost as lovely inside as out, lined with whiter material including long gores of shimmering shantung silk just inside the front opening. The same lining treatment also appears on the reverse of both collars. I'm not certain what the fabrics other than shantung are -- perhaps heavier silk; they're tightly woven and as soft as a caress. There are a few very faint spots (mainly inside), which any skilled dry cleaner should be able to remove easily, and you may want to add ribbon ties at the throat. Alternatively, you could fasten it with a 'beauty pin' as was done in Victorian times. We have several antique bar pins that would be suitable.

Total length of the garment is 38 inches and it's so wide that I once wore it as an evening cape (to great acclaim), so keep this in mind if you'd like to get some extra use from it between family christenings. It would be stunning also as a wrap for a small bride having a cool-weather wedding.

This is a truly remarkable piece of history, with lots more history to make.

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Remarkable 19th c Art Nouveau Heavy Bronze Teapot

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1900   item# 1276451

Remarkable 19th c Art Nouveau Heavy Bronze Teapot
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Antique bronze teapots are quite a rarity, and this one more than most. They were favored in China and Japan, so are generally Asian in design. In fact, I've seen no other example crafted in the European Art Nouveau manner. It may have originated in the East, meant for the export market. On the other hand, it could be French. The French did lovely bronze work and might have incorporated certain details from the East (such as the dragonlike handle and finial in the form of an ancient Oriental melon bead), elaborating these with Art Nouveau scrollwork. The foofy floral base of course is pure European Art Nouveau, as are the winglike shapes decorating the spout.

Condition of this piece is marvelous. There are just a few minor dings difficult to notice. Even the silvered interior -- an extremely uncommon feature -- is sound. A few patches of tarnish remain inside, but the pot's been given a fairly thorough polish. Normally I leave things in as-found condition, but in this case the patina was just too thick for proper appreciation of the gorgeous forms. Size is about 7 inches by 11 inches and provenance is an English estate.

Obviously this is a splendid display item, but it can also be used. Serious tea-drinkers have always loved bronze pots, because the density of the material keeps tea warm far longer than ceramic or any other metal.

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