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Antique 49-inch Oak, Copper & Etched Brass Warming Pan

Catalogue: Archives: Furnishings: Accessories: Pre 1900   item# 308860

Antique 49-inch Oak, Copper & Etched Brass Warming Pan
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $255. 

Among the most interesting articles for collectors of historic metalware are the warming pans in which hot coals were carried to warm bedsheets on cold nights. They're also known as bed warmers and ember pans. Highly functional before central heating, they now cast a warm glow as hearthside ornaments - and are also prized by museums for the folkloric art that often adorns their lids.

This example comes from England and can be dated broadly circa 1780 - 1880. The pan's construction closely resembles one offered elsewhere online as Georgian, but we like to be conservative in dating so are calling it Victorian.

The turned wood of bed warmer handles is customarily oak or elm and the pans are generally made either of copper or brass. Some, however, were made with a combination of the two metals, such as a copper bottom with a brass lid. This one is of that type. Some of its pattern has, of course, worn away with time, but you can still see a charming pattern of swirls and posies that resembles paisley. It's unusual to find a pull ring still attached, and it's absent from this one. There's also a bit of customary looseness at the joint between the handle and pan, although they're still firmly attached. Both wood and metal have inevitable dings, but this is a gorgeous object that will display beautifully beside your fireplace or in a country kitchen. It measures an exceptionally long 49 inches, with a large pan 13 inches in diameter and about 3 1/2 inches deep.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and perhaps all three antique warming pans we now have in stock. Thanks for looking!



Luxurious Early BELAIS 14K White Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1920   item# 375512

Luxurious Early BELAIS 14K White Gold Cufflinks
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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These antique double-sided cufflinks from a Midwestern estate are gorgeously engraved in an elaborate and unusual design I've never seen before. Measuring approximately 5/8" in each dimension, they're shaped as octagons. The edges are beaded and the centers have small rondels that can be engraved, if you like. All details are as clear and crisp as on the day these were made. I expect that day was in 1920 or even earlier, based on the type of connectors used and the styling, which is more Edwardian in spirit than Art Deco. Condition is truly remarkable, showing only light surface wear under extreme magnification.

Each of the links is signed 14K White Gold Front and bears the legendary name BELAIS. As you may know, the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century. When you possess a piece marked 'Belais,' quite simply you own the best of the best. We're fortunate now to have several Belais items in stock; to see the others, please saarch our catalog (using the term Belais).



Vintage Sterling Harem Ring, 7 Bands in One

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1980   item# 1007415

Vintage Sterling Harem Ring, 7 Bands in One
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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Harem rings are so much fun that you'd expect to see more of them -- but the only ones we've had in stock previously were a few costly examples made of gold and loaded with jewels.

We recently lucked onto two worthy exceptions: one with rhinestones and this joined stack of sterling silver bands, patterned for sparkle. In keeping with the "lucky find" concept, it consists of 7 bands and is a size 7, too.

The connecting band is marked 925 for sterling and also bears the number 7 and a maker's stamp (M V).

My best guess for dating would be 1970s, since harem rings were so trendy then, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Czech Art Deco Beaded Evening Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Collectibles: Nostalgia: Pre 1930   item# 99014

Czech Art Deco Beaded Evening Bag
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Price of $165 includes insured shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Beaded in ivory and champagne beige, this beautiful Czechoslovankian-made evening purse is in near-mint condition, missing perhaps two or three beads out of thousands (and you have to search really hard to notice). Its back is also fully beaded, repeating the front pattern, and has a beaded carrying strap. Interior is pristine and the zip, with original dangle, still works like a dream. This one measures about 6" x 4". Please e-mail for more photos and also let me know if you're looking for a particular sort of evening bag; I probably have it! We're in the process of adding dozens of antique and vintage evening purses for the prom season.

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Fine Vintage Egyptian Lions Bangle Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Pre 1960   item# 140132

Fine Vintage Egyptian Lions Bangle Bracelet
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If you follow fashion, you know bracelets are being worn on both arms, often several at a time, so we all need more of them now! Here's a really unusual, conversation-piece bangle finely detailed with two stylized lions in sphinxlike pose, their manes resembling a Pharoah's head-dress. It's also decorated on the sides and infinitely adjustable to fit any wrist (or you could even wear it farther up your arm). The metal is quite sturdy and has a "real gold" look, though I assume it's a brass alloy (possibly gilded). Probable dating is mid-20th century. Origin is either Egypt or nearby East Africa.

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Petite Georgian or Regency Gold Bangle Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR   item# 317550

Petite Georgian or Regency Gold Bangle Bracelet
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I believe this to be quite an early 19th century or even 18th century bracelet, based on the extreme simplicity of its closure. It's surprisingly secure, given that the "mechanism" consists only of two keyhole-shaped slots and a teensy but powerful prong. Because it adjusts to fit two positions, it would be a fabulous gift for a girl who's still growing - something she could wear now and forever. At its smallest, it fits a child-sized wrist (like mine) and, when fastened in the outer slot, most small- to average-sized women would be able to wear it.

The charming decorative motif, as you see, is a somewhat stylized rose, engraved with graceful leaves alongside and accented by a stippled background. Naturally it was worked by hand. The slightly rosy golden metal seems to be unmarked gold, showing no evidence of any underlying substance. From a Boston area estate, this bangle is in lovely condition for its age. Its width is 5/8" inches and the shape is slightly oval, which is really far more suitable to the human arm than round.

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Rare Antique Repousse Brass Tussy-Mussy for Bouquet

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Metals: Brass: Pre 1940   item# 121529

Rare Antique Repousse Brass Tussy-Mussy for Bouquet
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If you're planning a Victorian or Edwardian wedding, here's something you might not know you need! Tussy-mussies served to carry ladies' bouquets - particularly bridal flowers - in the 19th and very early 20th centuries.

Our highly ornamented antique from a Deep South estate is of brass, worked in a beautiful repousse floral pattern on the front and both sides. There are small triangular cutouts positioned for inserting flowers in a graceful shape and a tall rope-twisted handle. In lovely condition, it measures 8 1/2" from handle top to pointy base. It would be an exquisite wedding accessory for a bride or her flower girl - and also charming as a vase, if suspended from an ornamental wall hook. It was recently polished before reaching us; we certainly wouldn't have removed the patina.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Dutch Modernist Sterling & Onyx Necklace by Siebel

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 469919

Dutch Modernist Sterling & Onyx Necklace by Siebel
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A true investment-grade jewel, this wonderfully elegant necklace was made and marked by the distinguished European silversmith A Siebel, Senior, whose work in Holland in the mid-20th century is very well-documented. It's crafted in two parts, so the onyx-set drop suspended from the choker moves freely, adding lots of liveliness.

The choker is 15.35" long, and the drop measures an impressive 4.33" long x 1.58" wide. Hallmarks include the Dutch Government guarantee mark for sterling and condition, as you see, is superb.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Antique Necklace Beaded in Suffragette Colors

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1920   item# 935247

Antique Necklace Beaded in Suffragette Colors
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When you see green, white and violet together on historic jewelry, this unusual color combination usually signifies that the piece was originally owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. To them, the first letters of these colors stood for Give Women (the) Vote.

Here that message resounds in a beautiful rope-like necklace, lovingly woven of white, violet and green beads -- hundreds or perhaps thousands of them. At 28 inches long, it doesn't need a clasp.

The necklaces drape beautifully and, despite its thickness, is very light and comfortable to wear. The beads look like celluloid, but may be some other early plastic.

Woven necklaces of this type were popular from Late Victorian through Edwardian times and into the early years of the Art Deco era. Ours comes from an Ohio estate in amazing condition. It can't have been worn much, probably because it was made very shortly before the vote was granted and then tucked away as a memento. I expect it was created between 1910 and 1920.

Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price since the 2004 TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" revealed what those gals went through (arrests, 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 have serious investment value, too.

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!



Enchanting Yellow Victorian Majolica Plate - Fan Motif

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Pre 1900   item# 406025

Enchanting Yellow Victorian Majolica Plate - Fan Motif
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


Sold; thank you! $225. 

The most feminine and drop-dead beautiful piece of Majolica I've ever owned, this antique plate features blue, white and dusky rose fans, cherry blossoms, butterflies and a dragonfly against a happy yellow basketweave pattern edged with bamboo. It's been a star of my personal collection for at least 15 years and, now that I'm simplifying, the time has come for someone else to love it as I have. Acquired while I was living in England, it's presumably European and certainly from the 19th century. The Renaissance art of Majolica-making was revived in the early 1850s and Oriental motifs appeared about a decade later. Thus, probable dating of this plate is circa 1865-1890. Relatively few pieces have maker marks, so their lack has minimal impact on value. I'm far from a china specialist, but a lady who's selling her cakestand of the same pattern elsewhere online (for $375 plus shipping) saw an S under the glaze and speculated that the maker may have been Shorter. However, this looks nothing like the more rigid and restrained fan design normally associated with his firm (a pity since those plates are now selling as high as $975).

One other plate like this is currently offered online without attribution for $275 plus shipping. Ours is priced lower in deference to a few small problems: a chip out of the rim on the base, a couple of tiny ones under the edge, a little loss of surface finish and an area of old restoration near the edge. The flaws are hard to spot, with so much going on, but naturally they have to be disclosed. (Actually I never noticed the restored bit before going over the piece with a magnifying glass today.) There's also the fine overall age-crazing we expect, most visible on the fans. Condition issues, if not severe, are of less interest to most Majolica collectors than the charm of the design and fresh glaze colors.

Thanks for looking!


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