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Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Coin: Pre 1837 VR   item# 598490

Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley
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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Based on the length and bowl width, they were originally made as dessert spoons -- taller than tea spoons but shorter than table spoons of that era.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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c 1500 Bronze Ornament - Super Pendant or Paperweight

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 559734

c 1500 Bronze Ornament - Super Pendant or Paperweight
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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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2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900   item# 401252

2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906
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A matching pair of antique buttonhooks in this much-coveted cherub design can take ages to find, so we're offering them 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 100-120 years, but thankfully nothing serious. Each side is identical, apart from the direction in which the hooks face. Catalog photo is a montage including views all around. 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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Antique Victorian French Jet Belt Buckle Set c 1870

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 600865

Antique Victorian French Jet Belt Buckle Set c 1870
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Forty-eight beautifully faceted French Jet stones sparkle on this antique buckle set. French jet, as you know, is a form of black glass created to imitate English Whitby jet, when supplies of the latter were depleted by the 19th century passion for mourning jewelry. The buckle measures 2 1/4 inches tall and 3 inches wide (when closed) and was probably made in the 1860s or 1870s.

Despite great age, the buckle is sturdy and in nicely wearable condition. At the back, which was lacquered black at some point, there's evidence of old repairs and a few splashes of black paint are on the brass fittings. These flaws won't show at all in use, but naturally our price reflects them. A buckle this old and striking would be a great deal higher, if everything were perfect. On sale now, it's a steal.

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Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 1037883

Antique Italian Mosaic Parure Bracelet Pin Earrings
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Acquired by some long-ago bride on a Roman honeymoon or an intrepid traveler making the Grand Tour, these flowers remain as lovely as when the lady picked them. As you know if you love mosaic jewelry, early 19th century pieces are worked in almost impossibly tiny tesserae. Those were micro-mosaics. Due to the rising cost of labor, they gradually evolved toward the much larger mosaic designs made in the latter half of the 20th century. These are in between, still showing very fine workmanship. Since the earrings are screw-backs, introduced in 1894, they can't possibly be earlier than that. I expect they were made in the Edwardian era or the transitional period before Art Deco design became dominant. Of course it's rare to find a complete parure and we were lucky enough to acquire the matching brooch from a different estate.

The stunning bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long, the screw-back earrings are about 7/8 of an inch round and the brooch is 1 3/8 inches wide. Their settings of gilt brass -- which even have minute rope-twisted ridges that separate the teensy tiled areas -- are richly patinated by time, but would of course polish up if you prefer a brighter look.

Although I can't guarantee that every single tile is present (without going blind looking), none appear to be gone and the overall condition is gorgeous. This is a set you can wear with almost anything, since the accent colors are so numerous. Primary hues tend to dominate this type of jewelry, so the subtle sage green background here is unusual -- and particularly well attuned to today's tastes.

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Rare Victorian Golf Trophy Putting Stone Marker Fob

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900   item# 1114836

Rare Victorian Golf Trophy Putting Stone Marker Fob
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To dazzle a golfer who has everything else, hereís a superb Victorian Gothic Revival putting stone (aka marker) from Fife in Scotland -- the birthplace of golf, home to St. Andrews and other legendary links. This comes from sacred territory; I know -- my dad was an ardent golfer. It reached us via a picker who got it at an auction sale in Dundee.

Certainly handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, it was presented to a tournament victor in the mid-19th century, being inscribed "1st Prize Putting Stone" on the reverse. The front is a work of art -- literally: a gorgeous enamel portrait of an early golfer in medieval attire -- and the silver frame is intricately worked with Gothic arches on both sides and crowned by thistles, emblematic of Scotland and its Royal house for centuries. This particular triple-thistle motif may allow it to be traced to a particular golf course.

The loop at the top suggests it was used as a watch fob, when not busy being a marker. It would of course make a stupendous necklace pendant for a lady golfer.

This is an extremely high-quality piece with a lot of heft. It measures about 2.25 inches by 1.5 inches and is in virtually pristine condition. The enamel colors remain radiant and unworn and the lavish silverwork is undamaged. We've left the patina of age in place on the silver, which is unmarked but obviously of high grade. It can of course be polished to shine like the dickens, if you prefer that look. The only issue we can find is a tiny chip at the outer edge of the portrait's black background. Our pricing naturally reflects the flaw, although itís very hard to notice, since the medallion appears to be black all the way through.

The tradition of awarding golf tournament gifts can be traced back to 1744, when the Edinburgh City Council was asked to provide a silver club for an annual competition held by the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith (still extant as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers). Prizes have subsequently taken just about every form, among which this is the most beautiful Iíve ever seen.

Golf collectibles have gained value dramatically over the past 25 years, as you probably know, with exceptional items far outperforming stocks and bonds.

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Rare English Edwardian Summer Nightgown White Lacy

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 558280

Rare English Edwardian Summer Nightgown White Lacy
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Here's a change from the very covered-up Victorian and Edwardian nighties we usually see. It's a midsummer night's dream of a gown -- shorter, sleeveless and with a scooped neck, but still lavishly detailed, demure and made of the superb antique cotton that feels indescribably luxurious and simply won't wear out. Antique trims are astoudingly durable, too. Our modern laces wouldn't last on frequently laundered nightwear for more than a few years, but here, after a century or so, there's just one spot on the lace yoke that could use a few stitches. All seams are intact, being double-strength as was done in Victorian and Edwardian times, and I don't even see any old repairs on this gown (no doubt because it's sleeveless and most rips occur beneath sleeves). The ribbon tie has no doubt been changed several times through the years and that could stand to be done again. It's just a matter of running your favorite color ribbon through the lace casing and securing it at the sides.

The tie allows you to adjust fit in the upper bust area, which goes to a max of 40 inches. Beneath the yoke, the shape flares in an A-line, so there aren't any crucial points of fit. Length from shoulder to hem is about 38 inches -- well below the knee, but not swirling near the ankles like our other gowns.

All authentic antique nightwear is getting very thin on the ground and sleeveless ones are the most scarce, since fewer were made. England, where the best gowns come from, isn't exactly known for its long, torrid summers. Thus, this is an unusual opportunity to acquire a beautiful antique nightgown that will feel comfortable year-round in our modern climate-controlled homes.

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Superb Victorian Black Purse w/ Crystal Clasp

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 99086

Superb Victorian Black Purse w/ Crystal Clasp
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More than 100 years old but in near mint condition, this bag can be firmly dated by its very round shape. Certain interior details also tell us we're looking at a *really* old purse, exquisitely made. Its pearl satin lining is hand-gathered (like the outer pouch) and an attached coin purse is present, lined to match the outer bag. There's hardly a spot anywhere, no stitches are loose and even the frame shows only minimal wear and snaps tightly shut around the prismic crystal clasp. Clearly this purse was used briefly by a lady in mourning, who subsequently stored it away.

Imagine the chic it will add to your favorite "little black dress" or dinner suit. You can carry plenty, too, since the pouch measures about 8" x 7" and expands to almost circular form. Clasp adds almost another inch in height and the strap is about 15".

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Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1910   item# 685925

Gorgeous Antique Suffragette Bracelet for Smaller Wrist
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If you're petite, no doubt you've found that most antique bracelets are just too big. They were made roomy to wear over gloves in the 19th and very early 20th centuries, so few are shorter than 7 1/2 inches. This one's just 6 1/2 inches long, counting the clasp -- and it's fabulous!

Fashioned from heavy gilt metal, the bracelet is comprised of four domed plaques intricately detailed with Art Nouveau scrollwork and set with 16 glorious faux gems. Jade-like art glass dominates, featuring rich green hues mottled with white. That these rectangular cabochons vary slightly in color and shape adds to the "real" look and also attests to hand-craftsmanship. Accent stones are deep purple amethyst pastes and glass pearls, still very luminous. All appear original and are in remarkably fine condition. Most likely the necklace was made in Bohemia, which for centuries produced the finest simulated gems, as well as ornate and rather fanciful settings. The area became Czechoslovakia after World War I, but was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The unusual combination of green, purple and white typically signifies that a jewel was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. 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. That right was finally won for all American women in 1920 and for all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some was crafted in the Art Deco era. Forgotten for many years, these jewels have been rapidly gaining value since the star-studded TV 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 and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much more scarce.

This bracelet dates most likely to the 1890s and reached us from an East Coast estate. The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear around the edges, which reveals a silvery substance under the gilding: pot metal, to judge by the weight. The gilt has aged to bronze color on the front, where it takes high magnification to notice any wear. The three links joining the plaques are rosier, probably gilt copper, and have an elaborately incised design. Because the clasp isn't patterned and appears to be gilt brass, it's almost surely a replacement. It's been with the bracelet for a very long time, though, based on their matching depth of patina. Of course there may have been a fifth plaque originally, removed at some point by a lady with a dainty wrist. Each plaque measures about 1 1/2 inches long and a little more than an inch wide. Each connecting link adds about 3/8 of an inch, as does the clasp.

Because the clasp can easily be taken off, you could tie ribbons onto each end and wear this also as a choker necklace or a hair ornament.

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Victorian Art Nouveau Cast Iron Jewelry Stand

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Iron: Pre 1900   item# 159235

Victorian Art Nouveau Cast Iron Jewelry Stand
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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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