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Victorian Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Scotty Dog Pin

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 360426

Victorian Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Scotty Dog Pin
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Queen Victoria's passion for animals and Balmoral combined to popularize Scotties as pets - and this antique brooch is a charming example of the craze. The dog is rendered three-dimensionally, paint having been laid in depressions carved into rock crystal, and the dimensionality is accentuated by silver highlights on his black fur. Even the grass on which he stands is nicely detailed in blended shades of green and blades are meticulously incised.

The graceful mounting comprised of three circles framing the bezel is certainly original. With the old open C clasp and elongated pinstem indicative of great age, it's of rolled gold or gilt that shows some wear but retains quite a lot of sparkle. Only under high magnification is it possible to see a couple of flaws or fissures deep in the crystal, but there's no surface damage at all. Overall size is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" wide, the crystal is about half an inch round, origin is probably English and the provenance of this jewel is fascinating. It came from the New York estate of a gentleman who ran a jewelry store in the early 20th century, and kept the most remarkable finds for his own collection.

As you probably know, Essex crystals are highly coveted today and prices are rocketing. Elsewhere online, $325 is being charged for a dog's head in a crystal this size, mounted on a stickpin that isn't even original. Because we got a great deal on this treasure, we enjoy the chance to pass unusual savings along.

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Very Ornate Early BELAIS 14K Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1920   item# 356575

Very Ornate Early BELAIS 14K Gold Cufflinks
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Even if you already have a pair of wonderful white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Their design motif is one of the most elaborate I've ever seen from this company. It repeats four times, since the links are double-ended, and 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. Each of the four heads bears the "Belais 14K White Gold Front" stamp and measures 1/2" X 5/8". Provenance is a New York estate. You'd have to look a long time to find another pair of antique cufflinks this stunning and in such lovely condition. There's even an unused space for a monogram on each link.

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Victorian Art Nouveau Green Art Glass Pendant Necklace

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 352018

Victorian Art Nouveau Green Art Glass Pendant Necklace
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From a Boston estate, this spectacular antique necklace features a beautfully detailed and highly dimensional pendant measuring about 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches and half an inch deep, crowned by a huge bezel-set cabochon of marbled green Peking or Czech glass. The setting has a floral and foliate pattern that screams Art Nouveau and the metal is silver in color - but tarnish-free, so the surface is apparently of rhodium or chromium, one of those hard-wearing, easy-care metals from the platinum family. The 21-inch chain fitted with a gorgeous filigree clasp seems to be original.

Condition is so fabulous that I thought at first this was a Victorian Revival piece from the 1920s or so, a couple of decades younger than the style suggests. However, after looking closely at the quality of the glass, at minute losses of plating evident under high magnification and at the lovely clasp (not at typical of the Deco period, when simple spring-rings were commonplace), I'm more inclined to date it circa 1900. In this case, it's been marvelously cared for. Regardless of its exact age, this is an enchanting jewel of impressive size.

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Vintage Fairy Earrings Art Nouveau Revival c 1960

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 348363

Vintage Fairy Earrings Art Nouveau Revival c 1960
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What charmers these vintage earrings are. The swirling, organic forms typical of Art Nouveau design not only frame but crown the heads of the adorable fairies. Their hair seems to be made of blossoms.

Whenever I look at these, I think of the fairies in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," my favorite Shakespeare play -- and no doubt the motif was originally created around 1900, when there was a craze for illustrating "Shakespeare's Flowers" in fairy form. However, the earrings date from a later Revival period. The first took place in the Art Deco era, but these are in such fabulous condition that I expect they're from the second Revival in the 1960s. Without high magnification, you can't notice any surface wear to the richly gilded brass. Crafted with posts for pierced ears, these come from a New Mexico estate and are of dramatic size: almost 2" wide by 1" tall. If they were true Victorian Art Nouveau jewels, of course they'd cost at least $100 more.

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2 HUGE Deco 10k Gold Feather Brooches, Green Stones

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 344080

2 HUGE Deco 10k Gold Feather Brooches, Green Stones
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Designed to be complementary rather than identical, these dramatic antique brooches from a Florida estate are crafted of 10k gold (unmarked but tested) and set with 6 sparkling emerald crystals. They're whoppers, each brooch measuring about 4 inches tall, but nicely lightweight so perfectly safe to wear on your delicate fabrics. I feel confident they're hand-crafted.

Condition, as you see, is lovely - showing only minor evidence of wear on close inspection. Probable dating would be circa 1930, although they have the wonderful old "C" clasp that normally suggests Victorian origin.

Price is for the pair - a fabulous deal for two of the most spectacular, high-quality antique pins you'll see anywhere! Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Amazing Victorian Art Nouveau Kangaroo Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1900   item# 344077

Rare Amazing Victorian Art Nouveau Kangaroo Brooch
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The Victorians were great fans of world travel, as you know, so this endearing antique brooch is most likely a memento of a visit Down Under during the 1890s or so. It reached us from a Florida estate in cherished condition and brings a grin to my face, every time I look at it.

As you see, it's gorgeously made. The kanga resides amid a bounty of applied leaves and tendrils, all worked in repousse and lavishly textured, and the gilding appears to be very high carat gold. All fittings are original and perfectly right for the 19th century dating; notice the open C clasp and elongated pinstem. Size is about 1 3/8" x 1 1/8".

I've never before seen anything remotely like this darling and doubt that another will come along soon, if at all. If you love Art Nouveau, it could well be the star of your collection.

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Lovely Antique Garnet Paste Necklace & Bracelet Set

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 344076

Lovely Antique Garnet Paste Necklace & Bracelet Set
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You need sensational red jewels to complete a special outfit? Here's a breathtaking set with the lavish look of Bohemian garnets in old gold. While the floral forms are Pure Victorian, the spring-ring clasps tell us they're from the 1920s Victorian Revival period - still antique, but about 50 years younger than they look. We have not, BTW, cleaned these exquisite jewels at all - in deference to the purists among us - but, with a touch of TLC and Windex, they could light up a room like a rocket!

The gilt brass links are deeply and ornately engraved and the massive central stone of the 15-inch necklace is open at the back for extra brilliance. Bracelet is about 7 inches long, ideal for an average wrist. All these blood-red crystals, probably Czech, appear to be original and age-appropriate surface wear is evident only on the reverse.

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Superb Victorian Sterling Fleur de Lys Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 339869

Superb Victorian Sterling Fleur de Lys Brooch
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Highly dimensional and rich with repousse work, this antique brooch is certainly hand-made - and almost as lovely on the reverse as on the front. Its T hinge, even more than the open C clasp, tells us we're looking at a *really* old one. Based on those details of fabrication and the restrained scale, probable dating is circa 1870 or older. There's a slight hint of early Art Nouveau in the decorative forms evoking flowers and feathers. No doubt the pinstem was originally a very long one, snipped at some point for comfort's sake (not a bad idea, since those things could easily draw blood). Size is about 1 3/8" tall by 1 1/4" wide, with a "puffed" depth of about 1/4" exclusive of fittings. The "Sterling" hallmark is present, suggesting American origin (despite the French motif). Condition is almost miraculous, given the delicacy of high-grade silver.

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Exquisite Art Nouveau Lady Pendant w/ Pink Stones

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 339863

Exquisite Art Nouveau Lady Pendant w/ Pink Stones
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This enchanting vermeil necklace pendant features one of the loveliest "lady" portraits I've ever seen. The gorgeous lady wears a strand of rosy rhinestones or pink tourmaline chips, and grapes and grape leaves adorn her hair drawn up in romantic Gibson Girl style.

Measuring about an inch round and quite weighty for its size, the pendant is hallmarked for 800 silver (which, as you know, indicates European provenance) and surfaced with high carat gold. To match, we've added a dainty 18-inch vermeil chain. The jewel would also look magnificent on a black or pink ribbon.



Rare Cut Steel Halley's Comet Brooch c1910

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1910   item# 339862

Rare Cut Steel Halley's Comet Brooch c1910
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During Victorian and Edwardian days, it was typical to depict comets in floral form. Often the comet tails are easily mistaken for stems; in this case, however, the way the tail finishes with a forked or crescent moon shape makes the creator's intent quite clear. A highly showy celestial event is definitely represented here!

Inspired by the 1910 appearance of Halley's or an even earlier comet, this stunning and unusual antique pin can't possibly be later than Edwardian. It has the wonderful old open C clasp, a tube hinge and a pinstem that remains elongated despite evidence of being snipped from an even greater length. Overall size is substantial, about 1 1/2 inches x 2" inches.

Cut steel jewelry, as you know, was prized from the late 18th century for the ability of its facets to mimic the flash of diamonds in low light. Electrification brought true gemstones with fancier cuts to the fore, and most surviving steel items are shoe buckles. Less sturdy forms, like this delicate brooch of openwork filigree are remarkable finds, indeed. There's evidence of one small expert repair on its reverse; otherwise, condition is pristine - no doubt because it came from a New Mexico estate, where the arid climate protected it from rust, steel's mortal enemy.

You - or the lucky recipient, if you're thinking of this as a gift - will be proud to own such an exceptional piece of the past. I was thrilled and enormously surprised to find it.

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