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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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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and beautiful gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Antique Edwardian 1910 Halley's Comet Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1920   item# 513530

Rare Antique Edwardian 1910 Halley's Comet Brooch
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$95, reduced from $125)
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The Arts & Crafts movement and ladiesí magazines inspired busy hands in Late Victorian and Edwardian homes, where moms and daughters crafted trendy jewels and fashion accessories. I'll bet this enchanting antique brooch, which obviously commemorates the dazzling show put on by Halley's Comet, was just such a project -- made by a talented Edwardian lady for herself or as a very special gift. These old pastes, so much brighter than our modern rhinestones, were perfect for a comet jewel and so was the wonderfully iridescent mother-of-pearl from which a stylized comet was cut and then given incised details. Assembly was quite simple: The glittering row of stones is simply wired through two holes, one leading to the open "C" clasp and the other to the hinge. Thus, the stones have a bit of movement, which lets them flash even more fire. The only flaws I find are some waviness of the brass pinstem, inevitable after so long, and the fact that the point was shortened at some time (a very common adaptation, since the extra-long ones used until Art Deco days can easily draw blood).

From a New York estate, this unusual and charming jewel measures about 1 7/8 inches long and 5/8 of an inch wide. Comet jewelry always makes a great conversation piece.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and 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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