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Very Fine Gilt Bronze Buckle from 1300s or 1400s

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 327871

Very Fine Gilt Bronze Buckle from 1300s or 1400s
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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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Ancient Bronze Buckle and Plate Pendant 14th-15th c

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 327868

Ancient Bronze Buckle and Plate Pendant 14th-15th c
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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 to match your outfit and you're good to go! To see more photos of this buckle - or pictures of some others, priced from around $40 to $65 - please e-mail. Thanks for looking!



Lovely Antique Hand-Painted Oriental Folding Fan

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1910   item# 306348

Lovely Antique Hand-Painted Oriental Folding Fan
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From the very early 20th century or possibly earlier, this gorgeous folding fan is elaborately painted. Chrysanthemums touched with snow are in the foreground, backed by a winter mountain landscape. Some accents are impasto and others shimmer with metallic silver and gold. Even the sticks are ornamented.

Measuring 9 5/8" tall, the fan opens to about 15. It's in very good condition, showing just one small hole in the paper and minor wear, both difficult to notice. The original carrying handle remains in place. Provenance is an English antiques shop near Cambridge.

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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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Lovely Antique Ivory Silk and Lace Camisole c 1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1910   item# 151712

Lovely Antique Ivory Silk and Lace Camisole c 1900
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This antique Victorian or Edwardian ivory silk camisole trimmed lavishly with cotton lace is a rare find -- pretty enough to wear as a blouse, not just a luxurious undergarment. In near-perfect condition, it needs only new ribbons at the shoulders and waist. Since the straps and drawstring should be precisely fitted to the new owner, I haven't replaced them. The silk is in superb shape, with only a few teensy holes toward the waist that don't look worth worrying about but need to be mentioned. Lying flat, the piece measures 17-1/2 inches across the lace, so would fit up to a 35-inch bust. Waistline, ungathered, measures about the same. You could put a thin elastic there, instead of a ribbon drawstring, if you prefer. Provenance is a Minnesota estate.

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Lovely Antique Filigree and Diamond Paste Drop Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1910   item# 140169

Lovely Antique Filigree and Diamond Paste Drop Earrings
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These dazzling antique drop earrings feature openwork spheres of gold and silver filigree, plus bezel-set clear stones that sparkle with the brilliance of old pastes. In each earring, two glorious globes revolve around a central cylinder, adding even more motion to their graceful swing and sway. The metals appear to be gilt brass and unmarked silver, length is approximately 1 1/4" and condition is magnificent.

Based on their screw-type backs, each also set with a faceted stone, I'm dating them to the very early 20th century Edwardian era. However, they may well be older; the design is quite Victorian, showing mid-19th century Rococo Revival influence and a granulated surface typical of Etruscan Revival jewels. It would have been easy enough to replace original shepherd's crook wires with screw backs at a later date. Regardless of their precise age, this is a truly gorgeous, ultra-feminine pair of earrings that you can wear beautifully with either silver or gold jewelry, due to their mix of metals. For their size, they're surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. Provenance is the estate of an extremely elderly lady who occupied the "great house" of her Deep South community.

As you know if you follow fashion news, dangle earrings with an antique look are all the rage now. Why not wear (or give) the Real Thing, especially when it's less expensive and sure to rise in value? I saw several made-yesterday reproductions in a retailer's catalog that cost up to $250.

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Fine Victorian or Edwardian Silver & Ivory Paper Knife

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1910   item# 133048

Fine Victorian or Edwardian Silver & Ivory Paper Knife
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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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Medievalist Mid Victorian Rose Gold & Branch Coral Pin

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 126608

Medievalist Mid Victorian Rose Gold & Branch Coral Pin
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This fascinating Victorian pin has a lovely medieval heraldic design and a centerpiece of branch coral. Probable dating would be circa 1860-1880, based on the Gothic or Renaissance Revival influence evident in its style. The engraved scalloped edges are also true to that period and the spade-shaped leaves are distinctly tied to the Aesthetic Movement.

I'm not absolutely sure about the metal, but it looks like rose gold. A small opening on the back, evidently intentional, allows a tiny peek at the interior - but I can't see much apart from grime. I do think there would be green patina both inside and out if the brooch were only copper. Since this is such a well-detailed item and coral wasn't unduly expensive, I can conclude only that it's the real thing (very highly polished) or a very early plastic material then more prized than the real thing. Coral, BTW, was valued by the Victorians for its supposed curative and protective powers.

Size is 1 1/2" x 1" and overall condition is extremely good, with only age-appropriate surface wear visible under high magnification. The hinge, sitting lower than the clasp, seems original, but the safety clasp was obviously added many years later, replacing an old open C. The pin stem would have been shortened at the same time, not a bad idea since those extra-long ones can so easily draw blood.

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Unusual Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 126603

Unusual Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif
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This enchanting antique Victorian pin from a Philadelphia estate features a crescent moon embellished with an elaborate floral design and wreathed in twining vines with fabulously detailed tiny leaves. Its romantic style, restrained size (1" x 1 1/4") and layered "architectural" construction lead me to believe it's Early Victorian or perhaps even older. Further, based on a few areas with deep green patination, the metal beneath the gold surface appears to be bronze, which also suggests great age.

The only thing that keeps me from declaring this brooch Regency or even 18th century Georgian is the hinge; it isn't an old T and is probably original. Obviously the present safety clasp of silver metal was a 20th century addition, and the pinstem was shortened to fit the new catch (not a bad idea, since very old ones were so long they can easily draw blood). These changes aren't apparent when worn and make the jewel more secure and comfortable, but our price reflects them as imperfections. There's also age-appropriate loss of the gold finish here and there, but most can't be seen without extreme magnification. In fact, the brooch still glitters like the dickens. This is a fascinating, high-quality jewel that's without a doubt hand-crafted.

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Fabulous Rare Victorian Wood and String Shopping Basket

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 99118

Fabulous Rare Victorian Wood and String Shopping Basket
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Ingenious, those Victorians! Here's one for the almost-beyond-belief department: a 19th century English carry-all of black cord and ebonized bentwood that's practically a piece of HAND LUGGAGE - and yet weighs almost nothing and even collapses to a size (about 9" x 8 1/2" x 1" thick) that we can store in almost any modern purse. When open, it's MASSIVE: roughly 13 1/2" long, 14" tall and 5 1/2" thick.

This treasure could be the star of anyone's handbag collection but, if you actually want to use it, you can. Astoundingly, it's in fabulous condition, showing only the slightest signs of wear.

Please e-mail for additional photos and be amazed by this rare and wonderful contraption, which I expect will find a home as a fascinating prop for film or stage productions, unless a passionate collector snatches it up first. Thanks for looking!


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