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Romano British Beads in Anglo Saxon Era Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre AD 1000   item# 1276003

Romano British Beads in Anglo Saxon Era Necklace
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$375, reduced from $475 for the holidays.
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The wonder of this spectacular necklace isn't that the beads survived from Britain's age of Roman conquest -- beads often last -- but that their arrangement into this particular form probably dates from relatively soon afterward. I don't know about you, but that much history gives me the shivers (in a good way).

According to an expert, this is exactly the sort of strand created by Britons of the Anglo-Saxon period, as found in some burials circa 600 to 1000. Their necklaces used beads left by the Romans, whose conquest of Britain dated from circa 43 to 410. Even considering that Roman rule was at its height around the year 160, the beads weren't all that old when they left and the Germanic Anglo-Saxons became dominant.

These are very nice beads, indeed - made of colorful ceramic, glass and natural stone. A few appear to be amber. Measuring almost 17 1/4 inches plus clasp, the strand is weighty with these ancient treasures. Its latest restringing probably took place at least a century ago, based on the Victorian fish-hook clasp. That adds even more history, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to restring them soon for security's sake.

The necklace was acquired from a specialist London dealer around 1980 and the prior owner recalls it was expensive even then and without knowledge of its Anglo-Saxon connection. If you've priced Roman beads lately, you know that just a small handful of random finds can easily go for a couple of hundred dollars. That makes our sale price for this very special necklace quite a bargain.

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Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Amazing Pendant

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Period: Pre 1700   item# 1276000

Rare Tudor Bronze Toy Purse Bar - Amazing Pendant
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$95
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Could the era that gave us Puck - not to mention Henry VIII, history's most self-indulgent monarch since Nero - be less than playful? Not likely! Little princess Liz, herself, might have practiced up to fund colonies and fight armadas with a toy purse on a frame like this one. It was the perfect accessory for a Tudor tot learning to say "MINE" along with "GO TO THE TOWER" - and it's perfect now as a whimsical pendant for an adult or child. Just add a cord or ribbon and tie it on your neck - or wrist - or cellphone, for that matter.

Beautifully detailed (on both sides, as pictured here) and measuring about 2" wide by 5/8" high, this fascinating conversation piece was acquired from a leading English antiquities dealer. It's exceedingly rare. Chances are, you'll never see another like it; indeed, none of us will.

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Rare Roman Medallion Pendant with Ruby Glass Stone

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Period: Pre AD 1000   item# 1275998

Rare Roman Medallion Pendant with Ruby Glass Stone
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$165
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In remarkable condition, this stunning ancient pendant is formed in a well-detailed floral shape and set with a ruby red cabochon stone (presumably glass). It's most unusual to find an item of such antiquity still containing a stone, let alone one in splendid condition, but the overlapped edge of the mounting indicates it's original. I can't see any way that it could have been replaced.

The jewel is between 1700 and 2000 years old, made of lead which has developed rich patina and luster through the centuries. It measures 30 mm (nearly 1 1/4")in diameter and comes strung on a lanyard, as it was probably worn originally.

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Huge Spectacular Art Deco Fruit Salad Rhinestone Clip

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1940   item# 1275825

Huge Spectacular Art Deco Fruit Salad Rhinestone Clip
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$75, reduced from $115.

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Carmen Miranda, eat your heart out! This is a jewel so devastating that you'll be noticed across the room: It's 2 3/4 inches tall, almost as wide and studded with faceted crystals in red, green, amber, blue and violet -- a "fruit salad" of colors, as they used to say.

Besides wearing it in the usual way, clipped to a pocket, lapel, scarf or neckline, it would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace -- or on a hat or headband -- or on a purse or even at the wrist of a glove. The styling possibilities are just about endless.

It's helpful that the gilded, slightly concave backing - intricately detailed with grapes, leaves and a foo-foo border - is light and easy to wear on any fabric. The material must be wood or early plastic and condition is great, with only age-appropriate wear to the gilding at the outer edges -- and not much of that. All rhinestones are as vividly colorful as on the day there were made and the hinged clip is in perfect working order. Probable dating would be early 1930s and provenance is (bet you guessed it) a California estate.

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Mid Century Modernist Kinetic Spinner Ring His or Hers

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 1275820

Mid Century Modernist Kinetic Spinner Ring His or Hers
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$65, reduced from $95.
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This striking mid-century modernist ring may well be one of a kind. It's very much in the "studio silver" tradition. Although unmarked, it's clearly hand-made, being textured by casting and imprecise in form. The width of the shank, for instance, wanders slightly and the stalk-like structure that supports the green sphere flares outward a bit more on one side than the other.

The spinning orb, which also slides from side to side, is about a quarter-inch round and rises about half an inch above the ring's base. It appears to be made of highly polished jade or agate, since the surface isn't abraded as glass would be after this long. The metal tarnishes and polishes like silver, so we can assume considerable silver content, even ifless than sterling grade.

Obviously this is a ring that would look great on either a man or a woman; it's for anyone with a taste for the bold and truly unusual. Current size is about a US 7.5, easily altered up or down by any competent jeweler. Age could be as early as the 1940s or as late as the 1960s, condition is good and provenance is an East Coast estate.

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Rare Antique Natural Red Branch Coral Bracelet

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1900   item# 1275481

Rare Antique Natural Red Branch Coral Bracelet
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$125, reduced from $150. With free U.S. shipping & gift-wrap if desired. 

A pretty match for our extra-long, antique branch coral necklace, this bracelet is also remarkable for the quality of its coral. Almost all recent coral is dyed (and looks it). Sources of good natural coral are just about played out, so it's hard to get without choosing antique, or at least very seriously vintage, items.

Here we have the real thing and a lot of it (129 carats). The bracelet hails from a California estate, but would have originated in Italy, where red coral was harvested in profusion until the early years of the 20th century. This is the type produced mainly around Torre del Greco: lovely red spezzati (coral branches) with a small white vein through the center. At some time long ago, a neutral polish was added for shine; under very high magnification, a few tiny patches of it look whitish from wear at contact points, so we know it has no effect on the coral's color.

Based on the clasp, a sterling swivel hook, the bracelet was restrung around 1950. Changing to a Victorian gilded "beehive" screw clasp or small fish-hook would be well worth doing. Length is about 7.75 inches now, too large for many women, but a significant amount of length would easily be removed with the oversized clasp.

To see the 32-inch, 385-carat coral necklace that goes well (though not perfectly) with this - and a delightful pair of earrings, too - just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please get in touch and we'll work out special pricing for you.

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Fine Long Necklace of Antique Natural Red Branch Coral

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1900   item# 1275470

Fine Long Necklace of Antique Natural Red Branch Coral
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$395, reduced from $500 for the holidays.
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Spezzati or branch coral, so beloved by the Victorians and Edwardians, is making fashion news again. This is a particularly lush example of the form, beautifully vivid and bristling with branches. It weighs in at an impressive 385 carats and is 33 inches long! To achieve this dramatic scale, we actually combined two shorter 19th century estate strands - retaining this wonderful old barrel clasp in beehive shape, although there's no need to open it. Besides its remarkable size, it's fashioned from the good old Mediterranean stuff, harvested off Italy in the 19th century and earlier. Virtually all newer coral is Japanese and dyed.

You'd have to look a long time for a spezzati necklace as spectacular as this one -- and our price is quite a bargain. Elsewhere online, a necklace of comparable coral quality, but only 21 inches long and about 200 carats in weight is being offered (on sale) at about the same price as s ours.

UPDATE: We've added antique earrings and a bracelet that are a lovely (though not absolutely perfect) match for the necklace. To see those, just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please let us know and we can work out pricing that's even more special for you.

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Art Deco Safari Buckle of Faux Tortoise and Ivory

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Bakelite: Pre 1940   item# 1275447

Art Deco Safari Buckle of Faux Tortoise and Ivory
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$40, reduced from $60.
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One of several exciting Art Deco buckles we acquired from a Florida estate, this beauty offers gorgeous details and versatile coloration along with great condition. Measuring 2 inches by almost 3, it's of thermoplastic (probably Bakelite) formed in high-relief for the look of crocodile leather. Also notice the elegantly shaped "prong" that dangles at the center and resembles aged ivory.

This is a one-part buckle that you can stitch to a belt or sash (up to 1 1/4" wide). Alternatively, just run a sash or scarf through it and knot it behind you. It would also be sensational as a scarf slide.

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Fancy Antique Art Deco Onyx Sterling Ring by J J White

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1275438

Fancy Antique Art Deco Onyx Sterling Ring by J J White
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$185, reduced from $225.
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Simple elegance never goes wrong, but there are times when most of us want to go bolder. That impulse was well understood by the J.J. White Manufacturing Company. Their ravishing jewels have tempted women to gild the lily for more than a century!

Actual gilding is often part of the plot, as in this ring's floral shoulders washed with yellow gold. Further layers of opulence derive both from the detailed and dimensional setting and from the fancy-cut stone, a tablet shape surmounted by a vertical dome. Above all this rises a crowning arc of pastes in silver.

You don't have to see many of the firm's creations to recognize them at a glance, because they're so artfully constructed and so lavish that it seems their designers were barely getting warmed up at the point when others would stop.

Given the endless fascination that these jewels provide, it's no wonder the company lasted from 1896 into modern times. This particular piece dates from the 1920s and bears the usual initial "W" in an inverted triangle, as well as a "Sterling" hallmark (rather than the later 925).

Although it's a dainty ring -- about a US size 5 -- it isn't a bit flimsy, weighing in at 3.2 grams. Condition, as you see, is excellent relative to age, and provenance is an Ohio estate. Sizing up or down can be easily done without damage, because the shank is plain at the rear.

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Gorgeous Art Nouveau Gilt & Pink Art Glass Buckle Set

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Period: Pre 1920   item# 1274490

Gorgeous Art Nouveau Gilt & Pink Art Glass Buckle Set
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$115, reduced from $135 for the holidays.
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The opulence of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire is captured in this rare buckle dating from Czechoslovakia's earliest years of independence, just after World War I. Because it's marked CZECHOSLOV on the fastener, it can't be older than 1918, but I doubt it's much younger.

This is the lavish sort of jewel we'd expect to see on one of the beauties Klimt painted in Victorian and Edwardian times: ornately patterned with scrollwork, rope twists and millegrain details, richly gilded (22 karat at least) and wonderfully colorful, thanks to two radiant faux-moonstones of rosy pink art glass. To judge the quality of this piece, note the gilding on its reverses, untouched by time's patina. It's almost blinding. A good jeweler could restore that original brilliance to the front surfaces and brighten the tiny areas on the collets where gold has worn away -- not that any work really needs to be done. As you see, this is a magnificent piece that's sure to charm everyone. Fastened, the buckle measures 3 inches by 1 1/4, and its brackets will hold a belt or sash up to 3/4 of an inch wide, or wider if gathered.

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