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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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$545.
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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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Superb Edwardian or Early Deco Beaded Black Bag

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 1275852

Superb Edwardian or Early Deco Beaded Black Bag
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This spectacular antique European evening bag has been a star of my personal collection for several decades. I don't open the private vault often, but this bag deserves to go out on the town regularly and, now that I'm back in New Mexico, gala occasions are rare.

Here you see a really marvelous example of Edwardian metalwork -- the loveliest clasps and purse frames in history -- combined with geometric decoration that anticipates Art Deco. The ornately formed and richly gilded filigree on this bag is among the most beautiful I've ever seen, and the beading is truly remarkable. Both the teensy round beads that trace out the edges of the bag and its strap and the much larger square beads lavished all over like starlight appear to be of silver-finished celluloid. The square ones gleam softly like mother-of-pearl, while the smaller ones seem to be glass until you touch them. Also of early plastic is the massive faceted clear stone that crowns the top of the clasp. This bag is an amazing mix of Edwardian elegance and Deco innovation, which could have been fashioned only when the former was phasing out as the latter phased in. A bag this chic almost certainly was made in France.

Its condition is as marvelous as when I acquired in England, since I've used it rarely. You have to search very hard to notice the few bead losses and it takes high magnification to note any surface wear (mainly at the corners of some of the square beads). Even the silk interior is pristine, still equipped with a mirror that was probably original.

Large enough to be useful, the bag measures about 6 inches by 6 3/4 inches and has a 3 3/4-inch carrying strap, the ideal length to suspend from a sash or belt for dancing.

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Fine Victorian Art Nouveau Cherub Silver Vanity Tray

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Plate: Pre 1900   item# 1275445

Fine Victorian Art Nouveau Cherub Silver Vanity Tray
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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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2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1910   item# 1275441

2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906
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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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Lovely Antique Beaded Peach Silk Evening Bag c1920

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 1274468

Lovely Antique Beaded Peach Silk Evening Bag c1920
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Luscious color makes this one of the prettiest antique evening purses we've ever seen. Of peach silk, painstakingly hand-beaded with white and peachy-pink pearls, it measures about 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches. Probable dating would be the World War I era, since the bag's refined delicacy shows Edwardian influence, along with a hint of Art Deco. It's in superb condition, with no flaws except a few faint stains on the moire interior, hard to notice. There's a "Hand Made in Belgium" label inside.

We have quite a few glamorous little purses in stock now, so please search the phrase "evening bag," if you'd like to see more.

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Superb Victorian Day or Eve Bag with Crystal Clasp

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1900   item# 1274437

Superb Victorian Day or Eve Bag with 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 outfits, whether for day or evening. 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".

We have quite a few glamorous little purses in stock now, so please search the phrase "evening bag," if you'd like to see more.

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Art Nouveau Lady Face Buckle, Cape Clasp or Choker

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1900   item# 1227229

Art Nouveau Lady Face Buckle, Cape Clasp or Choker
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$195, reduced from $255.
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This antique Victorian Art Nouveau buckle from a Philadelphia estate is one of the most remarkable we've ever seen -- not only drop-dead gorgeous, but in pristine condition after 120 years! It can be precisely dated to the 1890s from its patent mark: May 22, 94 (no doubt referring to the latch mechanism).

Apart from traces of age-appropriate patina that remain in crevices after a prior owner polished it, this incredible jewel is like new. Of gilt copper, with its gilding still bright even on the reverse, it's worked in repoussť for exquisite dimensionality. Size is quite large: about 3 inches wide by 2 5/16 inches tall.

As you know if you collect Art Nouveau, authentic "lady portrait" pieces have become extremely hard to find. Even replicas are soaring in value, so you simply can't go wrong with an investment jewel like this. Enjoy it as a display when it isn't dressing up your favorite clothing. To wear it, you can stitch it easily to any sash or scarf -- or to a wide ribbon as the centerpiece of a choker necklace. It could also be worn beautifully as a cape clasp.

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Victorian Highland Stag Brooch of Finely Carved Antler

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 1191869

Victorian Highland Stag Brooch of Finely Carved Antler
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$175, reduced from $235.
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Queen Victoria's heart was decidedly in the Highlands during her happiest years as a young wife and mother. Her passion for family holidays at Balmoral -- which she called her "dear paradise" -- made a rage of all things Scottish, from tartans to folk art jewels. We often see so-called "pebble jewelry" set with agates and more refined pieces with sparkling cairgorms, but items like this wildlife brooch are really the ultimate celebration of that time and place.

It's fairly easy to find rustic versions, crudely carved, and fanciful celluloid editions created later for the masses; however, the ideal is to possess a brooch that's one-of-kind and clearly fashioned by a master. This one, inarguably, fills that bill. Details of leaves, grasses and the musculature of the animal are exquisitely worked and the condition of the brooch is frankly amazing. I can't find a flaw, unless you count shortening the pinstem (a common and sensible practice after ladies gave up wearing layers of heavy underclothing and the extra-long pins began to draw blood).

After decades of collecting and more than 10 years as a dealer, I'm not often blown away by a jewel, but this one does it. Of type, it could scarcely be improved upon, short of museum-pieces.

Size is about 1.25 by 1, though the curved shape makes it appear somewhat larger. It's significant that early Victorian jewels of the so-called Romantic Period tend to be dainty, by comparison to later Grand Period designs. Despite all these references to Britain and Scotland, this treasure most likely originated in Germany, then home to the best wood carvers. Like Italian cameo carvers, those German wizards had a lively export and souvenir market. Provenance is a California estate.

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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 (22.6 grams). 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, so this may offer you exceptional investment value, along with pride and pleasure.

For this treasure, there will be no charge for delivery to any country where we ship, and lovely gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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