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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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$195.
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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 certain about the metal, but it looks like rose gold. A small opening on the back, evidently intentional, allows a peek at the interior and, although I can't see much apart from grime, there should be a green patina both inside and out if the brooch were only copper. The red coral could be either the real thing (highly polished) or a very early plastic material which was 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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Remarkable Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif

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

Remarkable Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif
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This antique Victorian brooch from a Philadelphia estate is a fascinating, high-quality jewel that's without a doubt hand-crafted. It 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. Moreover, 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.

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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!



Rare Edwardian Beaded Purse w/ Superb Filigree Frame

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 99089

Rare Edwardian Beaded Purse w/ Superb Filigree Frame
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$135
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Everything about this treasure screams *Edwardian* - the delicate sumptuousness of its frame that opens like a box; the miniscule size of the micro-beads and their romantic pastel colors, as well as the delicate sumptuousness of its frame that opens like a box and has a diagonally-mounted chain pretty enough to be a necklace. The ribboning floral pattern of the beadwork (identical on both sides) has Art Nouveau lines, executed with the uncommon lightness and restraint of the Edwardian era. An added plus is that it's quite large for an evening bag: about 8 inches by 7 inches, with a 20-inch chain.

How I wish this jewel of a bag were in perfect condition! You honestly don't notice the flaws except on close inspection, since there's so much beauty to see, but some fraying exists, mainly near the top, with small areas in which beads have been lost. Even so, it's a treasure with lots of wear left in it - and well worth restoring, if you have the skill or know someone who does. It needs only moderate restoration to be museum-quality and its exquisite antique floral filigree frame of this purse is worth far more than our price for the bag. (I've seen antique purse frames without a scrap fabric and not half so unusual priced elsewhere online at $300-400.)

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