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Fantastically Huge Antique Multan Enamel Silver Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Pre Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 1228199

Fantastically Huge Antique Multan Enamel Silver Ring
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This stupendously scaled ring from the Punjab was sold to me as 18th century, but I'm calling it 19th century to be conservative, since I know so little about jewels of this type. From what I've read, it's of a form often called "enamel mosaic" and is traditional to an area that includes parts of modern Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. The name comes from a famous town, Multan, which dates back to the time of Alexander the Great or before.

As you see, the look evokes fancy prayer rugs and Paisley shawls and the ring almost covers my finger. It's nearly 2 1/2 inches tall, with every smidgen of surface covered by intricate, hand-crafted metalwork: enameled floral and geometric shapes within the central panel, surrounded by four rows of edging, two of them highly dimensional.

The metal typically used is coin silver, not high grade, and indeed you'd want something sturdy to preserve all this detail. As is inevitable with rustic jewelry of great age, there are enamel losses -- but the abundance that remains makes it difficult to notice what's missing. Also worth mentioning is that the color intensity varies with the light; whether this is due to the nature of the enamels or general wear, I don't know. Too, the shank, although adjustable, is a little bent, so it might be smart to have your jeweler make the first size adjustment for you; s/he can put it back into round at the same time. Current size is about a US 6 -6.5. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.)

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Chandelier Earrings of Ancient Egyptian Mummy Beads

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000   item# 1227936

Chandelier Earrings of Ancient Egyptian Mummy Beads
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Indulge your inner Cleopatra with these glamorous mummy bead earrings, fashioned to sway seductively with your every step or sigh. They're 2 1/2 inches long, more than an inch wide and absolutely mesmerizing. Actually, the beads date even before Cleopatra's time. They were made circa 600 - 300 BC, whereas Egypt's last queen was born in 69 BC.

Of faience (powdered quartz, a precursor of glass), the beads capture the blue-green-taupe hues of the sandy Nile. They were selected for color harmony, excellent condition and matching size, then expertly joined to graceful sterling silver findings by a talented artisan whose experience and and loving care are very evident.

Dreaming of the most beautiful mummybead earrings in the world, I began by commissioning a pair of these for my personal collection -- and then decided to offer one more here. No others of this form are anywhere in existence. You and I will be the only ones to have them!

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Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1920   item# 1191823

Exquisite 23 inch Antique Lace Collar c 1900
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Our superb lace collar from the late 19th or very early 20th century is detailed in back just as on the front. Each element of the lace - flowers, grapes, leaves and so forth - was stitched by hand onto fine, soft netting that's a beautiful color match. I'm not expert enough about textiles to be sure the lace elements are also hand-crafted, but it's certainly possible, given the design quality of the piece and the loving care it's been given.

Acquired at a major antiques fair in Newmarket, near Cambridge in England, the collar is more than 17" wide at the bottom of the front. About 23" long from front corner to back corner, it gives you almost a FOOT of gorgeous lace on each side of your shoulders. Its ecru color is actually paler, more toward a creamy off-white, than you see here, the photo being slightly darkened to reveal more detail.

A fine hook and thread eye remain at the bottom of the back and another thread eye a few inches above indicates one hook is missing, easily replaced. I've found no other flaws.

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Antique Crown and Heart Brooch of Hallmarked Sterling

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Scandinavian: Pre 1930   item# 1163799

Antique Crown and Heart Brooch of Hallmarked Sterling
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This charming little treasure has led me on quite a chase. It struck me initially as a Scottish “luckenbooth” brooch from the early 19th century, and I could easily have let the issue lie right there – EXCEPT for its tantalizing row of hallmarks obscured by heavy tarnish. Normally, I defer to the purists among us and leave things in as-found condition, but in this case my curiosity got the best of me.

Lo and behold, those hallmarks told an entirely different story once they were restored to legibility! The brooch isn’t Scottish at all, but Scandinavian – crafted in Sweden and at least 100 years younger than suggested by its style, size and details of fabrication (T-hinge, open C clasp and thick, elongated pinstem).

It apparently dates from 1928, old enough to be antique by American 75-year standards, but it’s of a form consciously preserved without change for hundreds of years, in the same tradition as folkloric costumes. Again as with costumes (and worn with them on special occasions), these crowned heart jewels show minor differences from region to region and somewhat greater variations from nation to nation; for instance, the Norwegian version typically features filigree and the Scottish variation usually lacks dangling drops and may feature two hearts intertwined.

How Scotland got involved in all of this is simply a matter of geography becoming history, as it tends to do. Being just a short sail away in Viking days, much of Scotland fell under Norse rule and colonization created a Norse-Gael culture which is still reflected in many names and customs. As I was reminded by my research, the last Norse-held territory wasn’t ceded until the time of James III of Scotland, who married a Norwegian princess in 1468. Funnily enough, crowned heart brooches were soon (if not already) being sold as love tokens from lockable booths (so-called luckenbooths), located along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from the 15th century until 1817.

That said, you’ll acquire a wonderful conversation piece, if you acquire this brooch which looks so utterly Georgian and Scottish but isn’t. Size is 1 ¾ inches by ¾, but it seems bigger, being sturdily built, with a nice heft to it, and extremely eye-catching due to the drops that dance with every motion.

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Lovely Vintage Enameled Silver Swans Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Period: Pre 1970   item# 1161534

Lovely Vintage Enameled Silver Swans Ring
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In a season when rings with animal motifs are the trendiest bling around, what fun to find that design in a historic jewel that will hold its value beyond the present and gain value as time goes on!

This ring with its pair of graceful swans is an enchanter, built up in shades of blue enamel with silver wirework on a domed band. We know it's from a Pennsylvania estate, but chronologically, it's one of those marvelous mysteries we run across now and then.

Whereas the design first suggests the late 1960s aesthetic -- hippie neo-Romanticism to the max -- the hallmark introduces a big question mark. The ring isn't stamped "925" (as was typical after the mid-1930s) or "Sterling" (as was seen earlier). Instead, it simply reads "Silver" -- suggesting not only a somewhat less than sterling grade but an early dating. Thus, the ring may be decades older than it seems. It isn't unlike some pieces produced in the early 30s, when Disney-esque figural jewelry was popular -- and it could be even older, an Arts & Crafts piece.

Certainly it has some age -- however much -- but most importantly it's absolutely stunning and, being adjustable, it can be worn by anyone on nearly any finger. Condition is great, with only a couple of little enamel flaws that appear to be original, not damage.

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Enameled Hippie Bracelet w Peace Symbols and Doves

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1161532

Enameled Hippie Bracelet w Peace Symbols and Doves
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Definitively from the late 1960s or early 1970s, this delightful vintage bracelet has seen little or no use. Its condition, as you see, is remarkable. The pretty blue and lilac enamelwork is practically pristine and the brushed silvertone interior still shines like the Dickens. This is a quality piece with nice heft and it seems wider than an inch because of being domed.

The bracelet clamps on with sturdy spring action and will fit virtually any wrist, Provenance is a West Coast estate. Sadly, the message is as timely now as it was more than 40 years ago.

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Fluffy Retro Chestnut Brown Mink Fur Collar circa 1950

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1960   item# 1115631

Fluffy Retro Chestnut Brown Mink Fur Collar circa 1950
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Like many people, I've had second thoughts about furs. I wouldn't personally buy, sell or wear new ones (despite defending the rights of those who do). Where I part company with the anti-fur purists is when it comes to vintage pieces. Making good use of them strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

That said, you really can't beat a luxurious fur accent for Retro chic in chilly weather. An excellent example is this mid-century mink collar. About 26 inches long and a lavish 4 inches wide, it remains in lovely condition, ready to adorn any high-necked dress or sweater. The lining could stand a little restitching, which I'll leave to you, since I'm clumsy with a needle.

If you agree that it's wasteful not to use and enjoy fur pieces created long ago, search for "fur" to see the mink hat and fox collar that are also available now.

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Antique Agate Silver Ring by Clark and Coombs c1900

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1910   item# 1113588

Antique Agate Silver Ring by Clark and Coombs c1900
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This spectacular antique ring features a beautifully translucent large cabochon of dendritic agate -- the type with dark inclusions resembling ice crystal, also called mocha stone. It's collet-set in a sleek Arts & Crafts mounting of sterling silver that will please either a gentleman or a lady who favors bold forms. The ring's face is large, but not overpowering (not quite 3/4" tall)and stylized decorations on each side show the slight variations that demonstrate hand-craftsmanship.

These so-called "fancy" agates were highly prized in Late Victorian and Edwardian times. They suited the taste for unusual gems that we see in both Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts jewelry, along with their emphasis on artistic design and meticulous workmanship. The new ideal was for everything to be special and unique in some ways, as opposed to the mass-produced goods of the Industrial Revolution. Ultimately this worthy movement died of its own good taste. The insistence on ultra-fine fabrication priced most people out of the market.

The maker in the present instance, Clark & Coombs of Providence, R.I., is a perfect illustration of that. Established in 1862, C & C had a national reputation for gold and silver rings by the early 20th century and tried to carry on without further mechanization, but was unable to compete effectively. Although the firm still exists, it was taken over by new management and modernized for greater output after World War II.

It's wonderful when we find an example of their exquisite early creations. Most likely this ring dates from between 1890 and 1910. While the basic shape of the setting was used through much of the 19th century, the very clean lines of its ornamentation anticipate Art Deco, which began to evolve around the turn of the century. Its interior bears a "Sterling" hallmark and the C&C stamp used until 1915 (two Cs in triangles around a stylized ampersand tilting right).

Based on all these facts, it really isn't stretching a point to say that this ring has historical importance. It's also distinguished by being in near-mint condition, despite great age. Provenance is a Pacific Northwest estate and the current size, about a U.S. 8 - 8.5, can be easily altered, since the back of the shank is plain.

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Antique Art Nouveau Gold and Amethyst Heart Stickpin

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1113311

Antique Art Nouveau Gold and Amethyst Heart Stickpin
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The gracefully stylized heart form of this lovely stickpin, with its slight asymmetry, dates it firmly to the Art Nouveau era -- and it's almost certain to be a Victorian jewel, since it isn't marked but tests as 10k gold. (Hallmarks weren't mandated in the U.S. until the Edwardian era.)

The almandine-shaped stone of rich purple is gorgeously faceted and appears to be genuine amethyst. After a century, glass would be abraded, whereas the gem shows hardly any wear, even under high magnification. As the stone's setting is open at the back, we know the color is natural, without foil enhancement.

Length of the pin is 2 1/4 inches and the heart measures about 5/8 inch by half an inch. Condition, as you see, is lovely in every way. Even the stock shows no waviness, which is quite rare. Provenance of this treasure is a Midwestern estate.

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Rare Antique Sterling Silver Suffragette Bar Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1910   item# 1109825

Rare Antique Sterling Silver Suffragette Bar Brooch
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Very finely crafted with ornate ends and edges, this antique bar pin is of sterling silver (unmarked but tested), set with sparkling amethyst, peridot and diamond pastes. That it's sterling is quite remarkable for a Suffragette item; typically these are either totally costume or top end, made of gold and gems.

Complementing the beautiful metalwork, the stones here are excellent pretenders, especially the 16 fancy-cut amethysts channel-set in groups of four. Every stone appears original. Another nod to unusual quality is the early safety lever fitted on the C clasp. This is a type that dates from the 19th century, as is the hinge with its slight sideways wobble. The pinstem, originally elongated, was snipped to a less hazardous length at some time, as is common with brooches this old. Either Late Victorian or Edwardian, it reached us from a Florida estate. Likeliest dating would be 1900-1910.

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