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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1319256
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For gilt silver cufflinks to have a finish this sunny after more than a century is frankly miraculous. We can tell this is high-carat gold from the color and it was obviously applied in abundance, but the only adequate explanation for such a lack of wear is lack of use.

The next owner will make up for that, we hope, since there's no much here to enjoy: the impressively large (3/4" x 1/2") domed faces; their ornate edges including Art Nouveau scrollwork; the handsome chain connectors and, of course, that lavish gold shimmering over the sterling. The whole package is classically Victorian, probably dating from around 1890.

These cufflinks reached us from a Florida estate and we believe they're American-made. If British, they'd have a chorus line of hallmarks, rather than the 925 stamp introduced in mid-19th century America by Tiffany. The maker mark in this case is MW, which we haven't yet been able to identify. Most likely the company was in or near New York, to be influenced so early by Tiffany's 925 standard. In other areas of the US, the spelled-out "sterling" mark remained typical until around 1930. New York origin is also suggested by the jewels' high quality, of course.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1270935
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This splendid antique brooch of 900-hallmarked silver is of a style enjoyed through much of the Victorian era -- and particularly in the 1850s and 1860s, when the construction and gala opening of the Suez Canal drew Europeans' attention to such Middle Eastern design motifs as the crescent. It may even have been fashioned in Egypt, since the 900 silver mark was commonly used there (as well as in some nations of Continental Europe).

Beautifully hand-made, the brooch features 11 faceted diamond paste stones (probably Bohemian) that are graduated in size. Their twinkle is extended to the very tips of the crescent by applied wirework that resembles granulation, creating a pattern of silver dots also declining in size. Both the pastes and these details are recessed within elevated edges. There are also elevated outlines enclosing each paste. A lot more dimensionality and quality than we'd expect are packed into this beauty, which measures 1 7/8 inches tall and about 3/4 inch wide.

The sturdy old T-hinge here is of a type often superceded by the 1850s the tube style(in common use by 1870), so I feel extremely confident in a mid-19th century dating for this jewel. The pin stem (also very thick and sturdy) remains elongated, as was right for the period, but shows evidence of having been shortened from an even greater length (not a bad idea, since the long ones became dangerous after women stopped wearing layers of elaborate underclothing). The clasp is of course the open C used until the earliest safety clasps came along at the end of the 19th century.

Provenance is an English estate and condition of the jewel is excellent, despite the delicacy of high-purity silver. It takes high magnification to notice the few teensy dings along the edges. There's very little wear to the pastes, because they're recessed and carefully tipped in their compartments as gems would be.

A very similar brooch, a bit smaller, is offered elsewhere online at $375, so our price represents an outstanding value -- all the more so now, during the holiday sale.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1114301
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These spectacular antique pearl earrings from an English estate dangle almost 2 inches below the ear and are highly dimensional. Minor variations between the two attest to hand-craftsmanship -- most likely in Spain or Portugal, known for jewels of ornately worked silver, set with colorless gems. Pieces of this type were eagerly collected by British travelers to southern Europe. It's easy to imagine these earrings as a honeymoon gift for a young bride, whose husband delighted in how the gleaming drops swayed in the Mediterranean moonlight.

Adding extra sparkle, both upper and lower domed elements of the setting are accented with pyrites (often called marcasites, which are chemically the same but too soft to use as gems). The silverwork, also lavished with beaded detail, is thick and sculptural Above, it's fashioned into leaves and the drops form flower petals framing two sizeable, lustrous pearls. The stones were represented to me as natural sea pearls and I believe them to be, since pearls weren't cultured until around 1900. They seem to be full rounds, not halves, nestling into silver cups that protrude from the back.

Probable dating of the earrings is no later than 1880, yet their condition is superb. Even the lever-back fasteners appear original. If they aren't, the earrings would have hung from wires and are even older. Pendeloque (pear-shaped) drop earrings have been with us since the late 18th century, retaining popularity throughout Victorian times, and the fully closed backs and other details of construction here are more Georgian than Victorian. The Georgian traditions did hang on longer in Spain and Portugal than elsewhere, though, so it's really impossible to be certain whether these are early or late 19th century.

With apologies to the purists among us, I broke my usual hands-off rule and gave these a light cleaning before the photographs were taken. Tarnish is returning, so the silver content is clearly high. We can't be precise about that,in the absence of markings; it would be a pity to damage the surface with test chemicals.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1014647
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This ornate Victorian pin probably has heraldic meaning, as the coat of arms of a family or organization. We don't need a ceremonial reason to enjoy it, though; it will add an aristocratic note to any lapel, scarf, ascot or necktie. Measuring about an inch in each direction, it makes a bigger statement due to its dimensionality.

Obviously hand-crafted, it takes the form of a shield lavished with repoussé plumes and orbs and crested by a nicely detailed crown. The silver is unmarked, but appears to be a bit more sturdy than sterling grade (probably around 800), based on its wonderful condition. Fasteners are right for the late 19th century: an old open-C clasp and the type of hinge introduced around 1870. The pinstem would have been elongated originally, but got shortened later in the interest of safety. Although it reached us from a midwestern estate, the pin is undoubtedly of European origin.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1014588
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Jewelry with versatility was highly prized before machines brought the cost of it down. There were tiaras that metamorphosed into necklaces, rings that came with a variety of stones and "Day Night" earrings, featuring drops that could be easily removed for a simpler daytime look. Surviving examples of these dual-purpose earrings are scarce, since the detachable segments tend to get lost over time.

Because of their rarity, it's a special pleasure to offer these delightful antique earrings that allow you the choice of wearing just the pretty posy tops or hooking on glamorous dangles filled in with scrolling paisley-like filigree. Each part incorporates a gleaming domed accent that unifies the overall design, as do the teardrop shapes of both the petals and the pendant.

Most likely dating would be around the middle of the 19th century, with probable origin in Spain, Portugal or Italy. Filigree work of this type is associated with the Mediterranean.

Due to the slight variations in form and size that establish hand-craftsmanship, measurements are approximate, the floral surmounts being about 5/8 of an inch round and the pendants 1 1/4 inches. Exact silver content is unknown, in the absence of markings, but I expect it's a somewhat sturdier grade than sterling, which would be unlikely to remain in such excellent condition after this long. Even the wire fasteners appear original. With apologies to the purists among us, I gave the earrings a fairly thorough polish, because they were extremely tarnished. Their provenance is an estate in the Northeast.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1007405
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This antique cameo pendant of shimmering mother of pearl is exquisitely hand-carved with the profile of a Victorian beauty whose hair is dressed in the style of the 1870s (caught back with a high bow). I believe the piece dates from around that period. Early Arts & Crafts influence is evident in both the fine workmanship and style of mounting. A simple and beautiful bezel setting is fitted around the cameo and finished with a fixed loop. It's hallmarked "Sterling" (rather than the later "925") which also suggests an early dating.

Total length is a bit more than an inch, condition is excellent and provenance is a Maine estate. This jewel would look superb on an ivory or black ribbon or your favorite antique chain. It comes with a vintage chain that suits its dainty scale and is nicely supple to drape prettily. The chain, about 15 inches long, is silver in color, but unmarked.



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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #942813
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The whimsical form of this delightful English brooch identifies it as a souvenir from Lincoln (county town of Lincolnshire). The original owner would have visited its famous cathedral, the world's tallest building from around 1300 to 1549 but far better known for a piece of stonework called the Lincoln Imp. According to legend, the little demon 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 admired by pilgrims and tourists, who took home keepsakes featuring his likeness. Most date from the Victorian era, when railways made travel widely affordable, but some are earlier -- made for well-heeled Brits whose usual Grand Touring was curtailed by wars in Continental Europe.

Whether Victorian or Georgian, the brooch is an exceptional find, since imp items are generally useful things. Door knockers, bells, tea caddy spoons and toasting forks turn up in antique shops and at auctions, but I've never even seen a pin before!

Highly dimensional and beautifully detailed, it's in such splendid condition that it can't have been worn much. Given its dainty size -- just an inch long, as was suitable for for a girl or teenager in days when large jewelry was considered vulgar except on married women -- the first owner probably tucked it carefully away with the other treasures of her youth, where it remained long forgotten.

Now it's ready to become your favorite conversation piece, after a light polish. (I strongly advise against dips that would remove the patina of age and the darkness of the crevices.) The metal appears to be of a grade slightly sturdier than sterling, since it's simply stamped "silver," lacking the usual array of British hallmarks. It has the elongated pinstem and open C clasp indicative of great age, along with a large hand-made hinge. Provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #116910
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This enchanting antique brooch of silver pot metal sparkles all over with diamond pastes (so much more brilliant than rhinestones) and its oval shape frames a central bow, upraised from the outer mounting. The dimensionality of its layered construction gives the brooch a lot of presence.

The dazzling "all white" look and cutouts anticipate Edwardian style, toward which Victorian was evolving in the 1890s, when I believe this was made. Amazingly, it's in completely original condition. Even the elongated pinstem indicative of great age remains present. As you know, pinstems have been shorter for more than 100 years and older ones are usually found snipped for greater comfort. While you *will* need to be careful where you place it, this is quite a valuable and collectible piece. Size is about 1 3/4 inches long by one inch wide.

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