GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1930 item #1323160
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$145
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Hmong jewelry has commercialized so quickly that the word "antique" is applied to pieces from the 1950s. Those are highly regarded and their increasing scarcity is rightly lamented. These earrings, however, are much older -- dating from the early 20th century or perhaps late in the 19th.

A glance at the hand-drawn wires tells you these have real age. So does the style, which isn't from the limited menu of traditional designs being reproduced today, usually in simplified versions. Here we have intricate, multi-part construction; repousse work and even a bevy of bouncing charms. This is also great silver: the kind Hmong silversmiths used to get by melting old French coins and now can only dream of.

As you'll know if you collect in this genre, silver symbolizes not only prosperity to the Hmong people, but the essence of a good life. That's why the enormous heirloom crowns passed down from mother to daughter are as exuberant as the festival occasions when they're worn. Jewels also serve the Hmong as amulets. This arrow shape, for instance -- the upper triangle -- points upward to ensure a favorable flow of cosmic forces, so they say. And who am I to argue?

From the collection of a world traveler who got to Laos before the antique supply grew terribly sparse, these treasures measure about 1 3/4" by 3/4" (not counting the wires) and have a satisfying heft: 13 grams.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1920 item #1317538
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$265
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These historic treasures will delight anyone of Polish heritage and can be worn equally well by a man or a woman. Both feature the crowned eagle associated with Poland and its royals for more than a thousand years. The bird's stylized form is most like the versions favored by medieval monarchs Przemyslaus II and Wladyslaw Lokietek for their coins and coats of arms.

As noted in a separate listing, the pre-Victorian pin has certain details of fabrication that let us date the jewel very precisely to the time when a wave of patriotic nationalism swept through Europe -- redrawing imperial maps in some cases, although the 1830 uprising in Poland failed. To compare this with our dated William IV coronation pin from England, type 1830 in the search box; you'll find the fastening hardware is identical: same old T-hinge, ovoid C clasp and thick, elongated pinstem. Most likely made for and prized by someone who participated in the uprising, the brooch measures 1 5/8" high and 1 1/4" wide and bears now-indiscernible silver marks on the clasp.

The early 20th century piece, already antique by American 75-year standards, presumably celebrated the nation's return to independence after hundreds of years of partition by its neighbors. This lasted through an interbellum (inter-war) period of about 20 years between the end of World War I and the start of World War II. Measuring about 2" x 2", with intricate details, the pin is evidently of heavy gilt brass and it still shines like the dickens. Quality this good would be associated with the 1920s, before the Depression struck. After the second world war, Poland was ruled by the Soviet Union until the late 1980s "Solidarity" movement brought independence again, and this piece is far too well-made to be so recent.

While the older brooch remains available on its own -- search "Polish pin" to see it solo -- we're now offering a particularly attractive sale price for the pair. It would be lovely if they could be cherished by the same owner.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1940 item #1037898
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$95
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These spectacularly detailed and highly dimensional earrings have a geometric Art Deco look, but may be early Retro, so we're calling them vintage rather than antique. Of unmarked sterling partly surfaced with brilliant high-carat gold, they can be worn beautifully with either silver or gold jewelry. They're 2.75 inches long and finished with exotic beaded chains that will tinkle softly with your every movement.

Condition is lovely and provenance is a Florida estate. Original screw fasteners are present, but a good jeweler could easily replace them with posts or wires, if you prefer.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1970 item #408766
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$175

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This 7-inch sterling bracelet has double links, so is quite heavy and sturdy. On it is a delightful assortment of 13 charms from the 1950s and 1960s, most hallmarked sterling. Included are a flute, a baton with silver wire trim, a musical clef, a fancy tooled saddle, a cute telephone with a pierced dial that turns, a megaphone with a black enamel letter D, a puffy heart with an engraved star, a Junior Classics League (Latin Club) medallion, a Chinese character of unknown meaning (unmarked), a graduation mortarboard hat and diploma, two wedding bells, a Southern Methodist University medallion with black, blue and red enamel and, last but not least, a large sterling disc with an applied turquoise and silver medallion, which I understand was the face of a child's ring bought at Carlsbad Caverns in 1956.

This bracelet is in lovely condition, having no doubt been packed away for many years, unworn. It takes high magnification even to see signs of wear on the spring-ring clasp. Provenance is a New Mexico collection.

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