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Rare Regency Gilt Lady in Turban Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR   item# 126413

Rare Regency Gilt Lady in Turban Dangle Earrings
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Turbans such as we see in Vermeer paintings became fashionable in Europe as early as the 15th century, when Crusaders saw Middle Eastern dress, and they enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity throughout Europe soon after Napoleon's Egyptian campaign of 1802. Based upon the turban shown on these remarkable and *very* rare figural earrings - a "pillbox" shape with a large bow-like cockade in front - I date them to the French First Empire or English Regency period. (Technically they're probably Late Georgian, since the Regency didn't officially begin until 1811, but the era is generally considered to span 1790 - 1830.)

Gold was still very scarce in those days (before mid-19th century discoveries by the "forty-niners"), so it isn't surprising that such beautifully made earrings are only gilded. In fact, if they were gold, they'd probably have been melted down to make something considered more "stylish" in the Victorian era. I believe these earrings are surfaced with rose gold, beneath which the underlying metal is white - possibly unmarked silver. Construction is marvelously architectural: done in hand-assembled layers, as is right for the period. The only things decidedly *not* right are the modern replacement wires, which have simply been run through the top of the filigree. Quite large, these fabulous earrings measure almost 2" long, so were perfect for the upswept hairstyles favored then. They're of the pendeloque form, featuring a single drop. (The girandole or chandelier form featured three.) Age-appropriate wear is discernible under magnification but, to the naked eye, these earrings look a century younger. They were actually sold to me as Art Nouveau.

Given that the original wires are long-gone, I'd have security posts (with screw-on nuts) put on, but of course you could have shepherds' crooks of Georgian style fabricated by any competent jeweler.

I honestly don't know how to price an item so old and rare. Nothing remotely comparable turned up in days of searching online - in fact, no Regency or Empire earrings at all. (Imagine keeping up with both parts of a pair for 200 years!) Our price is based on that of impressive Georgian dangle earrings without precious stones, but I expect these are worth a good deal more, since they derive from a much shorter period and are so characteristic of it.

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Huge & Fine Antique Gilt Lily of the Valley Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 126368

Huge & Fine Antique Gilt Lily of the Valley Brooch
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Almost 2 1/2" round and highly dimensional, this is a massive, ornate pin sure to be noticed and admired whenever you wear it. Based on its size and style, I place the origin of this jewel in the 1850s. It's obviously surfaced in high-karat gold, as would be appropriate after the 1849 discoveries, and it's a big puffy jewel appropriate to the era before Prince Albert's death put an end to such frivolities. The early safety clasp was added much later, when the elongated pinstem was snipped to match. Rather a pity, but those alterations did make the brooch more secure and comfortable to wear.

Bright yellow gold gilding is mostly intact, with small areas of green patination suggesting that a copper-based alloy (likely pinchbeck) is the underlying metal. Provenance is a Florida estate.

In the Victorian and Edwardian "language of flowers," Lilies of the Valley symbolized sweetness, humility and happiness regained. Because of those sentiments, I like to imagine this brooch given as a making-up present after a lovers' spat. Receiving a jewel this exquisite would certainly do a lot to improve any woman's mood! *grins*

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Superb Antique Czech Gilt Filigree Art Glass Buckle

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1900   item# 126318

Superb Antique Czech Gilt Filigree Art Glass Buckle
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This very fine antique buckle marked Czech-Slovak can't be earlier than 1918, when Czechoslovakia emerged as a separate nation with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I. I don't think it's much later, though. Its granulated decoration and delicate wirework evidence Victorian and Edwardian influences, as does the Art and Crafts shape of its prong. The twin pyramids of rosy satin-finished art glass clearly evoke the Egyptian Revival that began with discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922, but I believe this jewel was created in rapid response to it, because the overall design isn't at all like Deco geometrics crafted in the later 1920s, when the boy king's treasures began to be displayed around the world.

Regardless of its specific age, this wonderfully detailed and colorful buckle is large and extremely showy, measuring more than 3" long and about 1 1/2" at its widest. The material appears to be brass surfaced with high carat gold (remaining brighter on reverse).

Condition is absolutely lovely, considering the age and fragility of the jewel. Metal and glass show only a few minor dings on close inspection - nothing to impair wearability. This is a truly remarkable accessory that would look glorious with the right evening gown or dressy daytime outfit.

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Rare Set of 4 Victorian Sash Slides and Ornaments

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 126272

Rare Set of 4 Victorian Sash Slides and Ornaments
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Here's a truly remarkable set of antique sash slides and ornaments of lavender glass, perfect with the lilac and purple clothing so fashionable now. The beautifully faceted crystal ovals nestle in pretty petal-like settings that appear to be gilt brass or bronze and clearly show an Arts and Crafts influence. The two slides have brackets on the back, while the fixed ornaments have loops to be stitched into place. Size of each is about 1 3/4" x 1" and the glass inserts measure 1 1/4" x 3/4". Condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate loss of gilding.

Besides adorning a sash, you could wear the slides on a ribbon choker (or on shoes with narrow straps or ribbons) and the fixed ornaments can easily double as pendants, charms or even earrings. You'll get a lot of mileage out of these.

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Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1940   item# 126269

Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag
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This exquisite beaded purse is a real treasure, with all the quality you expect from vintage Czechoslovakian beads and craftsmanship. Obviously hand-stitched, the beads are soft pastels - ivory, pink and green pastels - and the same floral design appears on *both* sides. Inside, there's a small pocket with a label that reads "Made in Czechoslovakia". Measurements are 7 1/2" by 4", not including those wonderful round handles that add so much style! Somewhat oddly, one of the handles is rigid, while the other isn't, but this appears original to the bag's construction. Perhaps the soft side was to rest against the waist when the bag was worn over a sash or belt for dancing. You could easily run a bit of wire through the interior of the soft handle, if you want them exactly the same. Probable dating would be 1920s or early 1930s and overall condition is simply superb; I can find no stains, missing beads or other flaws and the zipper works smoothly.

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Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Wedding Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 126267

Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Wedding Ring
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This charming silver wedding band or sweetheart ring is ornately detailed with a floral motif characteristic of Nouveau design. I expect it dates from the 1880's or 1890's. It would make a lovely promise ring today, or exquisite bridal jewelry for those who prefer silver. Marked sterling inside the band, this choice item is in superb condition and currently fits U.S. size 5 3/4.

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Please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and/or our similar pieces. Thanks for looking!



Victorian Aesthetic Period Menuki Brooch, Japanese

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1900   item# 126264

Victorian Aesthetic Period Menuki Brooch, Japanese
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For Samurai Fashionistas, here's a rare and fascinating antique pin that's technically called a Menuki Brooch - having been made from a menuki (Samurai sword) during the period when carrying such weapons was outlawed in Japan. (An even classier practice than beating swords into ploughshares, huh?)

Menuki brooches were much admired in Victorian England after U.S. Admiral Perry "opened" Japan in 1863, and strongly influenced development of the Art Nouveau style. Ours is an extremely good example of Japanese swordmakers' artistry, when they turned their hands to adornment, instead. It features an intricate foliate and floral motif in brass with a silver pinstem and catch. The pinstem and trombone clasp are old, but not old enough to be original; they were added expertly, though. A small splash of red wax or paint appears on the back, which I'll leave to the next owner to clean or ignore. Size is 1 3/4" x 1/2" and condition is superb. This is not only an exquisite piece of jewelry, but also a wonderful conversation piece.

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Ancient Egyptian Faience Beads w/ Amulet

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000   item# 125605

Ancient Egyptian Faience Beads w/ Amulet
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This beautiful 18" necklace features disc- shaped mummybeads and an udjat (protective amulet). The antiquities are well over 2000 years old, dating circa 600 to 300 BCE. The mummy beads and amulet are of faience, powdered quartz which was a precursor of glass.

To create this strand (which of course has a modern clasp), beads were selected for their beauty and symmetry and hand-strung along with an amulet representing the "sound" eye of the falcon-headed god Horus (actually the "sound" eye of the falcon-headed god Horus). It's considered the most famous and powerful of all ancient Egyptian protective amulets. According to Egyptian myth, Horus' eye was plucked out in battle with Seth, who murderered his father, Osiris. Horus was subsequently cured by Thoth and his eye gained such healing power that it restored life to Osiris (reference: Carol Andrews, "Amulets of Ancient Egypt").

Original certificate of authenticity issued by the antiquities dealer from whom the artifacts were purchased will be furnished to the next owner.

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Please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and/or our similar pieces. Thanks for looking!



Fabulous Victorian Etruscan Revival Gold Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 125603

Fabulous Victorian Etruscan Revival Gold Bracelet
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Are you looking for an antique bracelet that's a real showpiece? Here you've found one at a surprisingly affordable price. As you know, even modern reproductions of Victorian Etruscan jewels have become immensely expensive, so we were thrilled to acquire one at a cost that lets us pass unexpected savings along to you.

Besides being a gorgeous example of granulated Etruscan ornamentation, the bracelet is not merely gilded but of rolled gold on brass, which essentially means it's "as good as gold" and should never wear out. It measures approximately 7" around the outside, an excellent fit for most women, and I'm particularly fascinated by the cleverness of its closing mechanism. Displaying typical Victorian ingenuity, the closure is simple and highly effective, yet ever so odd. Please click through the thumbnail image to a larger photo that shows what I mean.

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Edwardian Arts & Crafts Stickpin w/ Citrine

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1910   item# 124114

Edwardian Arts & Crafts Stickpin w/ Citrine
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This spectacular antique stick pin features a repousse pattern of stylized leaves in high relief against a stippled background, as well as a beautifully faceted, bevel-set citrine. I believe it to be a genuine stone but, not being a jeweler, can't positively guarantee it. The metal is gilded brass. Dating is circa 1900-10 and both Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts influences are present (with AC dominant).

Clearly hand-made though unmarked, the 2-7/8" pin has a head measuring 1 1/2" x 1-3/16". It's in excellent condition with no signs of damage or repair. Being from a Canadian collection, it probably originated in Edwardian England.

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