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56 Inch Vintage Necklace of Art Glass on Enameled Links

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1970   item# 1010519

56 Inch Vintage Necklace of Art Glass on Enameled Links
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This sensational vintage strand measures a whopping 56" in length - almost five feet - and features chunky free-form beads of royal blue and clear art glass, strung between white enameled metal links half an inch long. It's signed MRWE on a gold-colored metal tag shaped like a question mark or whistle. The workmanship is exceptional, condition is fabulous and most likely dating would be late 1960s (the first Art Deco Revival period).

The length of this necklace is so lavish that you could even wear it beautifully as a belt!

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MINT c1960 HUGE Zuni Needlepoint Bisbee Turquoise Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1970   item# 476547

MINT c1960 HUGE Zuni Needlepoint Bisbee Turquoise Ring
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Here's an exceptional opportunity to be the first to enjoy a spectacular vintage ring. From a fabulous estate collection of vintage Native American jewelry, this ring is hand-made of sterling and rare Bisbee Blue turquoise. The massive top of the ring measures 1 3/4" tall x 1 1/8" at its widest point. (It covers most of the length of my finger!) A U.S. size 5 1/2 now, it could be easily enlarged or cut down, since the back of the band isn't ornamented, and would look as good on a man as on a woman.

This treasure is in like-new condition (apart from tarnish), because the former owner - who collected for more than 60 years - bought fine pieces directly from Southwestern Indian artisans and then stored them away. They weren't ever worn! On the reverse of the ring is an inventory identification number placed there by the collector and an original price. He paid $210 for this exceptional jewel, when it was new around 1960. All it's done since then is wait to be worn and loved.

From the same collection, we also have a whopping Bisbee Turquoise Silver Matrix Ring, very rare and older. If you're interested in both these treasures, we can work out even better pricing. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Gorgeous Arts & Crafts Blister Pearl Sterling Necklace

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1900   item# 469425

Gorgeous Arts & Crafts Blister Pearl Sterling Necklace
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Obviously a handmade one-of-a-kind jewel, this stunning pendant from a Florida estate *screams* Arts & Crafts - both in the choice of such an unusual stone and in the style of its setting. Personally I'm crazy about blister pearls. They still have a fresh and unexpected appeal, just as they did when first cultivated around 1890. Innovative Victorian jewelry designers took to them right away, particularly those associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

The pearl here shows even more iridescent colors than were captured in our photographs, and it's set amid beautifully detailed foliate accents: two perky leaves and a twining vine of twisted silver. Size is slightly more than 1 1/2" long x 1/2" wide and the reverse is marked Sterling (rather than the later 925). The accompanying 14 1/2" plated chain isn't original, but is a nice match and not much younger (probably 1920s, compared to 1890s for the pendant). We've left the patina of age in place, but of course it can be polished off, if you prefer a brighter look.

Additionally in stock now is a sensational antique blister pearl bracelet on silver chain. These two pieces look fantastic together so, if you're interested in both, please e-mail and we'll work out very special pricing. We also have some great blister pearl stickpins on sale.

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Early 19th c Lincoln Imp Handmade Wooden Candlesticks

Catalogue: Archives: Furnishings: Accessories: Pre 1837 VR   item# 552349

Early 19th c Lincoln Imp Handmade Wooden Candlesticks
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These are very old candlesticks, most likely pre-Victorian. The pair show variations in size and form and they have wood-pegged bases, plus the rich patina that only great age can impart to wood. Their whimsical ornaments identify them as souvenirs of a visit to Lincoln, county town of Lincolnshire and home to a famous cathedral, which was actually the world's tallest building from around 1300 to 1549 but is better known for a piece of stonework called the Lincoln Imp. The little demon, according to legend, was sent by Satan to make mischief in medieval England and outdid himself here -- dancing on the altar, tripping up a Bishop, knocking over the Dean, smashing furniture and tormenting the choir. It's said he paused to gloat atop a column, whereupon the fed-up angels turned him to stone.

For centuries, Lincoln's imp has been adored and replicated to make keepsakes for pilgrims and tourists. Although candlesticks like these are rare, all-metal tems like door knockers, bells, tea caddy spoons and toasting forks are found more commonly. (We have a door knocker now, so be sure to see that, if you're an imp fan.) While the majority of antique souvenirs date from the Victoria era, when rail travel made touring widely affordable, those of greater means toured Britain extensively when they couldn't visit the Continent due to late 18th and early 19th century wars. Everything about these candlesticks convinces me they date from that period. For instance, their dimensions are inexact, one being about 6.5 inches tall and and 4 inches across the base, while the other is a little taller and wider. Further, one had a narrower top and lip, even before incurring an old burn and chip at the rear. The most telling detail of all, of course, is the pegged construction evident on the bases. These 3-inch imp castings are also slightly different from later versions. (Compare faces and hair patterns with our mid-Victorian imp knocker and you'll see what I mean.) Of course each maker of souvenir goods would have produced his own model for casting, but these additionally show greater depth of patina. Interestingly, the imps are attached with small button-head screws of considerable age but not hand-made. I took one imp off and the wood color is much lighter behind it and on the roughly chiseled niche created for the left leg. Similarly, no patina is present on the imp's reverse, so I can conclude only that they began life together and the present screws are replacements. (The first machine-threaded screws were made in 1797, but they weren't in common use or machine-slotted until the 1850s and it took a little longer than that for button heads to come along.)

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Antique Art Nouveau Rose Gilt & Art Glass Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1900   item# 1003016

Antique Art Nouveau Rose Gilt & Art Glass Earrings
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When the 19th century fashionista who first owned these earrings chose them, everything about them was the latest and greatest: the whiplash curves so iconic in Art Nouveau design, the cabochon sets of shimmering green and the rose gold finish so beloved in the 1890s. How her friends must have gasped with envy!

Now you can make the same stir, because they've survived more than a century gorgeously. The fine Bohemian art glass stones are pristine and it takes magnification even to observe light surface wear to the gilt, mainly on the reverses.

The earrings drop approximately 1 1/4 inches below the ear, to sway enticingly, and they're 3/4 of an inch wide at their bases. Provenance is a Florida estate.

You don't need to be told what a rare find these are, if you collect antique jewelry. Truly old earrings are the Holy Grail, because it's so easy to lose or damage one of a pair.

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Russian Art Deco Necklace of Copper & Baltic Amber

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1930   item# 319205

Russian Art Deco Necklace of Copper & Baltic Amber
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This is one of the most dramatic pendant necklaces we've ever seen, and quite a rarity in that it was crafted during the early years of the Soviet Union. It delightfully combines the classic geometric shapes we associate with Deco jewelry and the Arts and Crafts influence evident in the artist's choice of metal. Obviously hand-made, the copper chain has highly unusual long links and falls to flapper-worthy length: 25 1/2" inches. It's finished with a wide scrolled pendant that holds two triangular drops of Baltic amber, each about 3/4" x 3/4", that dance when you move.

This wonderful jewel came to us from Russia, via a New York City dealer. Probable dating would be circa 1930, so of course the chain is richly patinated by time. You could polish the metal to a shine if you like, but to me it's perfect as it is - and has the silky, luxurious feeling you get only from old copper.

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Exquisite Antique Arts and Crafts Suffragette Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1900   item# 686092

Exquisite Antique Arts and Crafts Suffragette Brooch
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Arts and Crafts workmanship is renowned for its excellence, but this brooch takes the prize. The level of detail here has to be called obsessive. Photographs only begin to capture it; in fact, it can't be fully appreciated without magnification. The leaves, for instance, are not only veined but finely stippled and a tiny whorl is incised at the base of the stem. Equal precision applies to the shapes, not only to their crisply defined edges but also to how they've been positioned sculpturally.

For even more dimension, the gorgeous stones are set high above the background elements. A raised undergallery holds six prong-set emerald pastes and then a collet rises in the center to frame the amethyst paste. A top-knot of faux moonstone globes is wired above -- completing the Suffragette palette of colors and also beautifully balancing the curve of the stem below the sparkling flower. Within the Suffragette movement, green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry featured, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote.

The back of the brooch is also fascinating. A sort of tendril stretches gracefully between the leaves and adds support for the stem. The old hinge and open C clasp, obviously original, have a rosy glow from underlying copper where silver plating has worn. The rest of the brooch appears to be silver (probably a sturdier grade than sterling to hold protect this detail). Patches of patina remain on the reverse and lots is visible beneath the flowerhead. The front was given a skillful light polish by someone not long ago; you can still see small areas of tarnish among the stipples and a generally warm tone all over. The silver hasn't been stripped back to made-yesterday whiteness, thank goodness.

That no marks are present is a surprise, given how much work went into this treasure. The glass stones, based on their superb quality, must be Bohemian. The brooch, itself, was probably crafted in America, where silver didn't have to be marked until latter Edwardian times. Most likely dating would be the end of the Victorian era or the earliest Edwardian years, around 1900 to 1905. Size is 1 7/8" x 1", but its dimensionality and rich coloring make the brooch seem bigger. There's one oddity I should mention: a teensy hole drilled near the base of one leaf, which is difficult to notice. Perhaps more white beads were wired there and it would certainly be easy to add some.

Another lovely way to wear this pin would be at your throat on a ribbon choker.

Forgotten for many years, Suffragette jewels have rapidly gained value since the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including 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're getting much harder to find.

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Antique Deco Flapper String Bag Egyptian Revival Motif

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1930   item# 99114

Antique Deco Flapper String Bag Egyptian Revival Motif
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Our second string bag from the Roaring 20s - worked in a more subtle color scheme of soft purple, fern green and black on taupe - has a pouch big enough to hold a lot. It measures 9" x 6 1/2", and the strap is about 39" long. On close inspection, the strap could use a few stitches for reinforcement; there's one frayed spot at the top, easily repaired. The purse has no further problems I notice and, like our other string bag from the same Dallas area estate, shows its original colors because of being carefully stored away for decades. These two bags are truly exceptional finds - superstars of a type that's rare to begin with.

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Lovely Vintage English Floral Tapestry Evening Purse

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1980   item# 99111

Lovely Vintage English Floral Tapestry Evening Purse
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This delightful evening bag clearly hasn't seen much use. The colors are still vibrant, the interior unsoiled and, apart from a few teensy dings on the beautifully detailed frame, it's like new. Both sides are identical, featuring gorgeous flowers in a combination of colors that will look wonderful with almost anything you feel like wearing. This is a spacious purse, capable of carrying all your essentials; it measures 7" x 8" (plus clasp). For dating, I'd say 1960s or early 1970s; it has the neo-Romantic look favored before the disco era began.

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Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1920   item# 689814

Rare BELAIS White Gold & Yellow Gilt Antique Cufflinks
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Despite making a specialty of Belais jewelry for several years, I've seen their famous white gold appear along with yellow gold in only three instances (one other of which we were privileged to sell). Here the Belais 14k tops are set in richly gilded frames and the look is wonderfully opulent. Move over, Diamond Jim! Too, on the practical level, the mixture of metals means you can wear these beautifully with rings and watches of either color.

Also unusual is the motif engraved on each of the cufflinks' four octagonal faces. Most Belais cufflinks are obviously Art Deco, but these are earlier, showing strong Arts and Crafts influence in the Celtic manner. Against a spiral background, a stylized cross forms the central element. Also indicating great age are the connectors, which have a fancy scrolling shape typical of Art Nouveau, a Victorian style that persisted into Edwardian times.

These cufflinks, I believe, date from early in the Edwardian era -- circa 1905. That was the year when the HWK Company was formed in Providence, RI, a major jewelry center then. HWK held the Talon Grip trademark and the reverses here are signed TALON GRIP, as well as BELAIS 14K WHITE GOLD FRONT. Size is 5/8 of an inch in each direction, provenance is a Louisiana estate and condition is lovely, showing only minor wear under high magnification.

With fashion's return to the elegance of French cuffs, antique cufflinks are flying off our shelves as fast as we can find them, particularly those by Belais. When you possess a piece bearing that legendary name, quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais Brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930). The onset of the Great Depression caused the New York company's closure by destroying the market for luxury goods.

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