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Stunning Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1920   item# 830804

Stunning Antique Edwardian Suffragette Dangle Earrings
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These are among the loveliest Suffragette earrings we've been privileged to offer. Besides being set with wonderful, large faux gems, they're exquisitely patterned on both sides. That the backs of these drops are as lavishly detailed as the fronts is a sure sign of very great age, not seen much after Victorian times. Screw fasteners existed in the 19th century, but gained wide popularity a little later, so we date these beauties circa 1905-1910.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades, we modern women owe our right to vote, which was extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. As you know if you collect jewels from the Suffragette movement, the unusual combination of green, purple and white had deep meaning for early feminists. 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. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any. The wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts and pearls or diamonds with green stones such as emeralds or peridots, but pretend gems were naturally favored by the majority.

In this case, we have beautifully marbled faux jade, plus sparkling, faceted amethyst pastes and softly glowing glass pearls. Everything remains in spectacular condition, including the gilding. It takes high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear. It isn't unusual for Suffragette jewels to survive a century in great shape, since they were worn only occasionally (to meetings and when marching for the vote) -- then tucked away and forgotten for decades. They're been rapidly gaining value since the 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 harder to find. We try to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. If these strike your fancy, you'd better not delay. They reached us from a Florida estate. and could have been made by an East Coast firm in America. However, the extremely high quality suggests origin in Bohemia or France. You'll be surprised how solid these are -- not a bit flimsy. They're truly superb.

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Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1910   item# 685882

Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900
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Authentic Victorian Art Nouveau "lady portrait" jewels have become so scarce that even well-made replicas are soaring in value, so we're delighted to present this treasure from the late 19th or very early 20th century. It's a highly unusual example of the form, being crafted as a hair jewel. Through many years of collecting Art Nouveau, I've never before run across a barrette like this.

Obviously you could transform it into a pendant necklace and/or a brooch by having it placed in a bezel with the appropriate hardware. By most reckonings, that would substantially increase the value; however, I find it even more interesting in its unexpected present form.

This is a truly spectacular jewel -- highly dimensional, large (about 1.5 inches round) and exquisitely detailed. The portrait head is one of the loveliest I've seen, both for the woman's beauty and for her harmony with the floral and foliate shapes surrounding her. A flower wafting from behind settles like a ruffled cap over her curls.

The influence of French "art medals" is strong and quite possibly an original by one of the masters is recreated here. Provenance is a Louisiana estate and condition, as you see, is remarkably fine. Quite a bit of patina remains on the aged brass reverse, but the front was brightly polished sometime recently. The hairpin-type barrette catch still works perfectly after more than a century.

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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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Victorian Japanned Bronze Egyptian Revival Snake Brooch

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1900   item# 344079

Victorian Japanned Bronze Egyptian Revival Snake Brooch
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While most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s led to a craze for Egyptian-inspired jewelry, fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes - circa 1800, prompted by Napoleon's campaign in Egypt; again during the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened to great pomp and ceremony; and to a lesser extent in the closing decades of the 19th century, sparked by various archeological discoveries.

This particular jewel, based on its style and details of fabrication (such as the tube hinge and safety pin clasp), has to be from the Late Victorian era, likely circa 1880. It's a rare example of a decidedly Egyptian motif on a bar pin. Quite heavy for its size (about 2" x 3/8"), it seems to be of bronze rather than brass and has a japanned (blackened) background and reverse. Upraised in relief and brightly polished, the serpentine motif is as trendy now as when the Victorians fell in love with it. To them, the snake signified eternity and worn often in sentimental contexts; Queen Victoria's wedding ring, for instance, was of serpent form. The use of black suggests this could have been a mourning jewel.

Given its stylized simplicity of design and indications of hand-craftsmanship, Arts and Crafts influence on this brooch is strong. It was probably made in Europe - England would be my best guess - but reached us from a Florida estate. Condition is lovely, all original except that the pinstem was at some point snipped (not a bad idea, since those extra-long ones could easily draw blood). The pinstem shows a slight crimp, too, indicating that someone tried first to shorten it by this means for greater comfort.

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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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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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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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