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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1492 item #1321427
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Need an exceptional gift for your Knight in Shining Armor? Here's something very special, sure to delight anyone with a sense of history. Fahioned in England soon after the Norman Conquest, this sword chape dates from the 12th or 13th century (between 1100 and 1299), so it may well have gone on a Crusade or two. Just think of all the stories it could tell!

Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 1/8", the chape has a particularly elegant form and the bronze has developed a lovely dark green patination all over. It reached us via a leading antiquities dealer in Cambridgeshire. With the addition of a leather thong and beads hand-made nearby in historic Bury St. Edmunds, it's become a real swashbuckler of a pendant - ready to look fantastic on his favorite turtleneck (or hang on the wall, if your guy isn't the jewelry type).

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1900 item #1276451
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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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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1275445
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A slightly smaller and considerably less detailed version of this Art Nouveau silver tray is offered elsewhere online for $1,200, because it's of hallmarked sterling. This one, freshly replated at considerable cost, can be yours for a great deal less.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items of a cherub or angel motif are the most coveted. This is an exceedingly beautiful rendition of the "Five Angels in the Clouds" pattern, embellished with loads of gorgeous scrollwork and finished with a scalloped edge. The tray measures about 10 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches and is in lovely condition, relative to the delicacy of antique repousse work. Two small areas of reinforcement are visible on the reverse, but you have to look hard to spot any problems on the front. A couple of teensy tears in the edging could stand to be reinforced (a cheap and easy fix). Underlying metal is brass and dating would be circa 1900.

The prior owner, who acquired the tray in England about 30 years ago, recalls that it was difficult even then to find cherub silver. You could look for a long while before finding another affordable tray of this quality.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1275441
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A matching pair of antique button hooks in this much-coveted cherub design can take ages to find, so we're offering these together (but will consider selling separately, if you prefer). Both are hallmarked for Birmingham. The smaller (7 3/4" to hook clothing and gloves) was made in 1895 and maker-marked C or G, while the larger (11" to hook shoes and boots) was made in 1906 and maker-marked H M.

Their elaborate repousse sterling handles formed over wax have taken a few small dings over the past century-plus, but thankfully nothing serious. Each side is identical, apart from the direction in which the hooks face. Naturally the shank and hook portions are of fine English steel hallmarked as such.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items patterned with cherubs (or angels, if you prefer) are the most desired.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Copper : Pre 1910 item #1113531
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This exquisite and highy unusual Late Victorian centerpiece consists of an elaborately hand-hammered copper urn with brass embellishments and an ornate brass stand. Together they rise to a height of 14 inches and the urn is 11 inches wide at the top of its graceful handles (slightly wider just below). The set was acquired in England and most likely produced there. Dating would be 1890s, since the exuberant "Gay Nineties" look is very obvious.

While the curvy forms are typically Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts influence is also strongly evident -- especially in such details as the applied brass hearts on the urn and the stylized decorations around the base of the stand.

The urn has served as a vase and/or a planter, with the result that its interior gained a blue-green patina. A few inevitable dings are present, but nothing of real consequence. Overall condition is lovely. The metals are lacquered, so require no polishing to shine brightly -- so brightly, in fact, that they're almost impossible to photograph. (The urn mirrored everything around it; hence, the odd patches of blurred color, reflecting adjacent chairs and even myself in a black sweater.)

This is a most impressive ornament, which no doubt graced the center table around which guests in Victorian parlors circulated. It would be magnificent today on your foyer table or buffet.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Pre 1900 item #727504
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The British registry number 27633 on their bases dates these beautiful vases to 1896 -- no surprise, given their ornate Late Victorian style and shape. Cast of an unmarked silver metal, they still have gilt-finished bases, but the gilding inside has largely worn away from a century of use. About 5 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches at their widest, they would be a charming pair of vases for a vanity and also are a lovely height for the dining table, allowing people to see one another over the posies.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1910 item #599770
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It's wonderful to find a pair of antique creamers still together after more than a century! They'd be a splendid gift for a romantic couple who have shown staying-power, too -- perhaps your parents -- and perfect for use both with the morning coffee and afternoon tea.

They were fashioned by Walker & Hall of Sheffield in England, among the world's leading producers of sterling and fine silver-plated goods in Victorian and Art Deco times. These pieces are very heavily plated (marked 2HP) on an underlying metal with lots of weight to ensure no worries about their toppling over. The date letter k identifies the year as 1902.

Also present on each base are the company's jaunty logo, which looks like a golf flag, containing the letters W & H; the words "Walker & Hall Sheffield" and "Warranted Hard & Silver Soldered"; and the style or stock numbers "53444," "A1" and "79".

Size is about 3 1/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide from the outer handle to the lip. The base is 2 inches round. Style is Late Victorian Neo-Classical and overall condition is simply marvelous, with no loss of plating that we can find. The C R (or R C) monogram, which appears on the fronts in stylized Celtic lettering, could probably be polished out by a good jeweler. But perhaps you have these in mind for Robert and Claire or Rebecca and Charles -- or ?

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1837 VR item #598490
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According to the Cincinnati Art Museum, which owns work by Willey & Blaksley, the firm was a local business in operation for only a few years (circa 1831 to 1836). Subsequently, silversmith Bushnell Willey entered a different partnership. Thus, this is a rarely seen hallmark, from the period prior to adoption of a sterling standard in America. Whether made from melted coins or not, pieces fashioned before 1865 are called "coin silver". In this case, however, the silver is of very high grade -- apparent in its delicacy -- and the form of the spoons is particularly graceful. While these spoons have certainly been treated with loving care, evidence of long use is plain. There are no repairs, but there are the little dings and other irregularities you'd expect after almost two centuries.

Based on the length and bowl width, they were originally made as dessert spoons -- taller than tea spoons but shorter than table spoons of that era. At 7.25 inches long, with a bowl width of 1.5 inches, the size is equal to what we'd use now for soup and as auxiliary serving spoons for smaller dishes like cranberry sauce.

A scrolling monogram, the letters EH or EM, appears horizontally on the fiddles. This isn't deeply incised and could be polished off by a good jeweler. On reverses, the Willey & Blaksley mark appears within a rectangular cartouche.

BTW, a small (less than 4 inches tall) and very plain coin silver beaker made by Willey & Blaksley in the 1830s recently commanded almost $500 on eBay, which attests to the rarity value of W&B goods.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1700 item #559734
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In the Tudor Era (1485 - 1558), when this bronze ornament was crafted -- probably to decorate horse harness -- the Renaissance was just beginning in England. Life was still primitive for all but the rich, so it must've belonged to someone of substantial means, most likely a nobleman.

This is an elegantly formed piece, two inches round and highly domed. We know it's meant to embellish leather because of the two prongs at the back, both of which have survived. Time's patina has given rich color to the top, which feels silky to the touch. Being of bronze, it has a nice heft, so would make a wonderful conversation-piece paperweight for your office. Alternatively, if set in a bezel mounting, it would be a stunning pendant for either a man or a woman. We acquired it from a leading antiquities dealer in East Anglia, near Cambridge.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Pre 1900 item #411099
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The romance of Art Nouveau design is perfectly captured by his exquisite antique silver bowl with ruffled edges upon which finely detailed butterflies perch gracefully as handles. It's a wonderfully versatile piece you can use to hold favorite jewels on your vanity or in any room for flowers or potpourri. You could serve sweets and nuts in it, too, or cache small items on your desktop.

Dating from the Late Victorian era, circa 1900, it's about 5 3/4" wide at the handles and 2 1/2" tall with a bowl 4" in diameter. It looks very French, but, on the base (which feels like it's weighted) the signature DERBY appears with the numeral 2 and a logo that looks like feathered wings extending in both directions. This presumably refers to a metalsmith of Derby town in England, because the marks are entirely different from those used by Derby Silver Co. in Connecticut and by Crown Derby (famed for its china).

The bowl polishes like sterling but, in the absence of sterling hallmarks, must be a lesser grade of silver or very heavy plating. We've cleaned it considerably, leaving the dark patina only in crevices. Condition is excellent; there's no damage, only age-appropriate surface wear. Provenance is an English estate, via a specialist Art Nouveau dealer in East Anglia.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1492 item #328178
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This medieval buckle was quite a fancy one in its day (the 1300s or 1400s). You can still see vestiges of glittering gold around its holes -- and notice how artistically made it is. I love the scalloped edge and there's even a groove formed in that section, into which the witchy gothic prong settles safely. No doubt that's why its pointed tip is still intact after so many centuries.

Beautifully patinated by time and measuring about 1" by 1 1/8", this treasure remains quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant. You'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a leather thong or cord - or maybe a ribbon to match your outfit.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1492 item #327871
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This opulent and extremely refined medieval bronze buckle was without any doubt handcrafted for an aristocrat. Its shape is lyrical and vestiges of gilding remain strongly present on the plate, still attached to one side of the buckle, showing that very pure gold was originally applied overall.

This is more a display piece than for use as a jewel, although you could carefully wear it on a ribbon or cord for special occasions. While the remaining attachment of plate to buckle seems sturdy, you wouldn't want to risk losing that incredible plate that's still *glittering* under the lamp as I write this. It's truly astounding that this delicate treasure has survived six or seven centuries in such remarkable condition. Size is about 1 1/4" by 7/8" and provenance is our favorite antiquities dealer in England.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Bronze : Pre 1700 item #327868
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Ancient bronze buckles make great conversation-piece pendants for both men and women, so we acquired quite a few from our English antiquities dealer. Most are medieval, but a few are Tudor (English Renaissance) or Georgian. The one shown here dates from the 14th or 15th century. With both plate and pin intact intact (which is rare), it's large - measuring more than 2 inches by about 1 1/4" - and so beautifully patinated that its touch is like silk.

It's still quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant and you'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a cord or ribbon and you're good to go.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Iron : Pre 1900 item #159235
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I've never before seen anything exactly like this, but assume it's a stand for hatpins, stickpins and such. Obviously it dates from the Art Nouveau period (probably the 1880s or 1890s), given its ornate scrollwork and other ornaments. I particularly enjoy the lion-like gargoyle figures at the corners of the base. The piece is about 3" wide and 6 1/2" tall, including the budlike finial on top which unscrews for some reason. Quite heavy for its size, it can hold a LOT of jewelry and remain stable. Present color is matte black, but it's just a spritz away from being any color you like. Past shades visible inside the base are fern green and cinnabar red.

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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #133048
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This large and gorgeous antique paper knife (aka letter opener) has been in my own collection for about a dozen years. It was quite expensive, even then, and I'm totally wasting it; in the chaos of my desk, it seldom sees use and often vanishes entirely! For someone who keeps an immaculate desk, this will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever!

Acquired at a major London antiques fair, it measures slightly more than 10" long, with an ivory blade almost 1" wide and a bulbous pear-shaped handle 1 1/2" at its widest. The handle is comfortably weighted, probably with the tarlike substance (tar?) over which such shapes were molded. The juncture of handle and blade is gorgeously decorated with an applied 1"-wide strip of hand-worked repousse silver. I believe all the metal is unmarked sterling; certainly it's high-grade silver. Relatively minor dings attest to its age, which I judge to be 19th century, though the form persisted into early Edwardian times.

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