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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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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$650 SALE. Was $800.
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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. 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.

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!



Victorian Gothic Cloak Clasp Sash Buckle c 1860 Rare

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900   item# 594126

Victorian Gothic Cloak Clasp Sash Buckle c 1860 Rare
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$185 SALE
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This rare and wonderful circa 1860 antique clasp or buckle is a museum-worthy jewel that you'll want to display in a vitrine or shadow box frame when you aren't using it.

By far the most romantic fashion accessory I've ever seen, it would be divine at the waist of a wedding or evening gown -- although it's easy to imagine it securing the cloak of a pre-Raphaelite poet like Christina Rosetti, as she trekked through foggy London or across windswept moors.

Crafted in two parts linked by chain when closed, this astounding item features profiles of a medieval knight and his lady, executed in high relief and remarkable detail. Each panel, about two inches round, is further embellished by an elaborate decorative motif that shows Etruscan influence in the beading of the metal. I'm not certain about the material, but it seems the figures are of gilded copper, while the frame is of gilt brass.

Obviously it dates from the mid-19th century, when the "Gothick" movement begun by Pugin expanded from architecture into other areas. For those in the avant-garde, the style provided appealing relief from neo-classicism and evoked a medieval sense of heroic endeavour and the heartiness of "Merrie England" in the Middle Ages.

Condition is quite good, given the great age of such a functional piece. There's only minor loss of finish on the front - which, as you see, is dazzling - but evidence of very old repairs became apparent after cleaning the heavily patinated reverse (no surprise since the piece has a delicate openwork understructure). There's also a tiny chink out of one edge, where a thread hole pulled through; it wouldn't be noticed when worn and another could be easily drilled in the vicinity. The price would of course be a great deal higher, if everything were perfect.

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!



Antique Arts and Crafts Buckle of Victorian Gothic Form

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900   item# 587921

Antique Arts and Crafts Buckle of Victorian Gothic Form
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$110 SALE
(Reduced from $130)

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This is exactly the sort of belt or sash buckle you'd expect to see in a painting by Burne-Jones, Rossetti or other artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Obviously it was hand-crafted in the Victorian Gothic Revival period to mimic a medieval jewel -- complete with undulations of the metalwork, witchy faux-prongs that look like talons and four collet-set stones of rich royal purple amethyst glass. Probable dating would be the 1860s or 1870s and most likely it originated in England, although it reached us from an East Coast estate.

Measuring more than 2 inches round, the buckle is in superb condition for its age. The gilt brass finish has patinated to a soft powdery effect on the front, where the lacquer on the surface is almost wholly intact. Some loss of lacquer is evident on the reverse, where there are brighter underlying areas. You might want to clean all the lacquer off and go for high-shine everywhere, but I'll leave that decision to you.

Obviously this buckle would be a wonderful accent for historic SCA costume, as well as a fabulously original fashion accessory for both formal and informal attire. To wear it, you'd simply stitch the bracket to a soft belt or sash (up to 1 1/2 inches wide) and, at the other end, add an eye of metal or thread for the hook to slide into.

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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