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Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Copper: Pre 1910   item# 1113531

Tall Antique Art Nouveau Jardiniere Centerpiece 1890s
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This exquisite and highy unusual Late Victorian centerpiece consists of an elaborately hand-hammered copper urn with brass embellishments and an ornate brass stand. Together they rise to a height of 14 inches and the urn is 11 inches wide at the top of its graceful handles (slightly wider just below). The set was acquired in England and most likely produced there. Dating would be 1890s, since the exuberant "Gay Nineties" look is very obvious.

While the curvy forms are typically Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts influence is also strongly evident -- especially in such details as the applied brass hearts on the urn and the stylized decorations around the base of the stand.

The urn has served as a vase and/or a planter, with the result that its interior gained a blue-green patina. A few inevitable dings are present, but nothing of real consequence. Overall condition is lovely. The metals are lacquered, so require no polishing to shine brightly -- so brightly, in fact, that they're almost impossible to photograph. (The urn mirrored everything around it; hence, the odd patches of blurred color, reflecting adjacent chairs and even myself in a black sweater.)

This is a most impressive ornament, which no doubt graced the center table around which guests in Victorian parlors circulated. It would be magnificent today on your foyer table or buffet.

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Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1900   item# 727504

Pair of Victorian English Vases by Brahma Dated 1896
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The British registry number 27633 on their bases dates these beautiful vases to 1896 -- no surprise, given their ornate Late Victorian style and shape. Cast of an unmarked silver metal, they still have gilt-finished bases, but the gilding inside has largely worn away from a century of use. About 5 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches at their widest, they would be a charming pair of vases for a vanity and also are a lovely height for the dining table, allowing people to see one another over the posies.

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2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Plate: Pre 1910   item# 599770

2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902
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It's wonderful to find a pair of antique creamers still together after more than a century! They'd be a splendid gift for a romantic couple who have shown staying-power, too -- perhaps your parents -- and perfect for use both with the morning coffee and afternoon tea.

They were fashioned by Walker & Hall of Sheffield in England, among the world's leading producers of sterling and fine silver-plated goods in Victorian and Art Deco times. These pieces are very heavily plated (marked 2HP) on an underlying metal with lots of weight to ensure no worries about their toppling over. The date letter k identifies the year as 1902.

Also present on each base are the company's jaunty logo, which looks like a golf flag, containing the letters W & H; the words "Walker & Hall Sheffield" and "Warranted Hard & Silver Soldered"; and the style or stock numbers "53444," "A1" and "79".

Size is about 3 1/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide from the outer handle to the lip. The base is 2 inches round. Style is Late Victorian Neo-Classical and overall condition is simply marvelous, with no loss of plating that we can find. The C R (or R C) monogram, which appears on the fronts in stylized Celtic lettering, could probably be polished out by a good jeweler. But perhaps you have these in mind for Robert and Claire or Rebecca and Charles -- or ?

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Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Coin: Pre 1837 VR   item# 598490

Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley
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According to the Cincinnati Art Museum, which owns work by Willey & Blaksley, the firm was a local business in operation for only a few years (circa 1831 to 1836). Subsequently, silversmith Bushnell Willey entered a different partnership. Thus, this is a rarely seen hallmark, from the period prior to adoption of a sterling standard in America. Whether made from melted coins or not, pieces fashioned before 1865 are called "coin silver". In this case, however, the silver is of very high grade -- apparent in its delicacy -- and the form of the spoons is particularly graceful. While these spoons have certainly been treated with loving care, evidence of long use is plain. There are no repairs, but there are the little dings and other irregularities you'd expect after almost two centuries.

Based on the length and bowl width, they were originally made as dessert spoons -- taller than tea spoons but shorter than table spoons of that era. At 7.25 inches long, with a bowl width of 1.5 inches, the size is equal to what we'd use now for soup and as auxiliary serving spoons for smaller dishes like cranberry sauce.

A scrolling monogram, the letters EH or EM, appears horizontally on the fiddles. This isn't deeply incised and could be polished off by a good jeweler. On reverses, the Willey & Blaksley mark appears within a rectangular cartouche.

BTW, a small (less than 4 inches tall) and very plain coin silver beaker made by Willey & Blaksley in the 1830s recently commanded almost $500 on eBay, which attests to the rarity value of W&B goods.

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c 1500 Bronze Ornament - Super Pendant or Paperweight

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 559734

c 1500 Bronze Ornament - Super Pendant or Paperweight
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In the Tudor Era (1485 - 1558), when this bronze ornament was crafted -- probably to decorate horse harness -- the Renaissance was just beginning in England. Life was still primitive for all but the rich, so it must've belonged to someone of substantial means, most likely a nobleman.

This is an elegantly formed piece, two inches round and highly domed. We know it's meant to embellish leather because of the two prongs at the back, both of which have survived. Time's patina has given rich color to the top, which feels silky to the touch. Being of bronze, it has a nice heft, so would make a wonderful conversation-piece paperweight for your office. Alternatively, if set in a bezel mounting, it would be a stunning pendant for either a man or a woman. We acquired it from a leading antiquities dealer in East Anglia, near Cambridge.

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Stunning Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 476309

 Stunning Medieval Bronze Sword Chape Pendant
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Need an exceptional gift for your Knight in Shining Armor? Here's something very special, sure to delight any man (or woman) with a sense of history. Just think of the stories this sword chape could tell! Made in England soon after the Norman Conquest, the chape dates from the 12th or 13th century (between 1100 and 1299), so it might even have gone on a Crusade or two. It reached us via a leading antiquities dealer in Cambridgeshire.

Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 1/8", it's of particularly elegant form and the bronze has a lovely dark green patination all over. With the addition of a leather thong and interesting hand-made beads from historic Bury St. Edmunds, it's become a real swashbuckler of a pendant - ready to wear (or display on the wall, if your guy isn't the jewelry type).

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Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Great as Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1700   item# 457858

Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Great as Pendant
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Could the era that gave us Puck - not to mention Henry VIII, history's most self-indulgent monarch since Nero - be less than playful? Not likely! Little Liz, herself, might have practiced up to fund colonies and armadas with a toy purse on a frame like this one. Beautifully detailed on both sides and measuring about 2" wide by 5/8" high, this was the perfect accessory for a Tudor tot learning to say *MINE* along with *GO TO THE TOWER* - and it's perfect now as a whimsical pendant for an adult or child. Just add a silk cord or velvet ribbon and tie it on as a choker, since they're so trendy this season.

Acquired from a leading English antiquities dealer, this piece is exceedingly rare. Chances are, you'll never see another like it; we haven't.

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Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1900   item# 411099

Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900
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The romance of Art Nouveau design is perfectly captured by his exquisite antique silver bowl with ruffled edges upon which finely detailed butterflies perch gracefully as handles. It's a wonderfully versatile piece you can use to hold favorite jewels on your vanity or in any room for flowers or potpourri. You could serve sweets and nuts in it, too, or cache small items on your desktop.

Dating from the Late Victorian era, circa 1900, it's about 5 3/4" wide at the handles and 2 1/2" tall with a bowl 4" in diameter. It looks very French, but, on the base (which feels like it's weighted) the signature DERBY appears with the numeral 2 and a logo that looks like feathered wings extending in both directions. This presumably refers to a metalsmith of Derby town in England, because the marks are entirely different from those used by Derby Silver Co. in Connecticut and by Crown Derby (famed for its china).

The bowl polishes like sterling but, in the absence of sterling hallmarks, must be a lesser grade of silver or very heavy plating. We've cleaned it considerably, leaving the dark patina only in crevices. Condition is excellent; there's no damage, only age-appropriate surface wear. Provenance is an English estate, via a specialist Art Nouveau dealer in East Anglia.

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2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1900   item# 401252

2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906
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A matching pair of antique buttonhooks in this much-coveted cherub design can take ages to find, so we're offering them together (but will consider selling separately, if you prefer). Both are hallmarked for Birmingham. The smaller (7 3/4" to hook clothing and gloves) was made in 1895 and maker-marked C or G, while the larger (11" to hook shoes and boots) was made in 1906 and maker-marked H M.

Their elaborate repousse sterling handles formed over wax have taken a few small dings over the past 100-120 years, but thankfully nothing serious. Each side is identical, apart from the direction in which the hooks face. Catalog photo is a montage including views all around. Naturally the shank and hook portions are of fine English steel hallmarked as such.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items patterned with cherubs (or angels, if you prefer) are the most desired.

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English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1492   item# 328178

English Medieval Gilt Bronze Buckle Great as Pendant
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This medieval buckle was quite a fancy one in its day (the 1300s or 1400s). You can still see vestiges of glittering gold around its holes -- and notice how artistically made it is. I love the scalloped edge and there's even a groove formed in that section, into which the witchy gothic prong settles safely. No doubt that's why its pointed tip is still intact after so many centuries.

Beautifully patinated by time and measuring about 1" by 1 1/8", this treasure remains quite sturdy enough to enjoy as a necklace pendant. You'll be the envy of all when you wear something so exceptional. Just tie on a leather thong or cord - or maybe a ribbon to match your outfit.

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