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Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1930   item# 727523

Antique 1922 Deco Love Notes Compact Lipstick Holder
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$45, reduced from $65.
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What a romantic gift this antique enameled brass compact would be for your favorite lady! Love is written all over it - literally - in loads of languages. "Ich liebe dich" and "Te Vous Aime" are just the beginning; there are even Oriental characters, as well as the English words, "I love you."

The patent number 1439749 allows us to date this beauty precisely to the very dawn of the Art Deco era. It also bears a maker stamp - SCHILDKRAUT PROD CORP DISTRIBUTOR NEW YORK - and a label "L" on the lipstick. In good condition for a functional item of this age, it comes from -- bet you guessed it -- an estate in Florida, the ultimate Art Deco mecca, Florida.

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Romantic 1920s Victorian Revival Embroidered Picture

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Hangings: Pre 1930   item# 727492

Romantic 1920s Victorian Revival Embroidered Picture
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This delightful antique embroidery shows a lady and a gentleman in 19th century garb, enjoying a stroll beside graceful garden gates.

Although the subject is Victorian, the colors are pure Deco: sophisticated red and black on a ground of pearly beige. Measuring about 6 x 6 inches, the picture is in superb condition, attached by original tape that looks like marbled paper to its glass, mat, backing board and felt. There's no hanging hardware, so it's been displayed in the past on an easel stand or propped on a shelf.

This is one of three marvelous Art Deco embroideries we found in England, the others being of a then-modern subject (the soda fountain). All came from the same estate, so most likely the same hand. If you're interested in all three, we can work out special pricing. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



1920s Art Deco Egyptian Revival Tut Pendant Necklace

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 710953

1920s Art Deco Egyptian Revival Tut Pendant Necklace
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$40, with free U.S. shipping & gift-wrap if desired.  

Most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 led to a craze for Egyptian-styled jewelry. Fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes (circa 1800, thanks to the Napoleonic campaign, and again in the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened). Further, when Tut's treasures toured the world once more in the 1970s, it was "deja vu all over again." Because of that, you always have to look *very* carefully at jewels with an Egyptian motif, to determine when they were made.

This stunning piece depicting Tut in an elaborate headpiece certainly dates from the early 1920s -- based on its extremely fine detail, cutwork design, dainty size, unusual coloration and age-appropriate surface wear to the mauve pink enamel, revealing more rich gilding beneath.

While we can't be certain the medallion began life affixed to this particular backing, it looks great, being of the right period and style. The disk is edged with a sunray motif and etched with cross-hatching on the reverse. The present jump ring and 19-inch chain also show the patina of age, but may not be original. The pendant measures 5/8" round.

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Antique Pink Sugar Crystal Sautoir Rope Necklace 58"

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1920   item# 702888

Antique Pink Sugar Crystal Sautoir Rope Necklace 58"
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When living in Europe, I learned to call the tiniest of glass beads "sugar crystals" -- not a term that's used much in the States, but it's wonderfully descriptive. Here they comprise a necklace that's an absolute confection of raspberry pink encased in clear crystals, woven into a thick rope and finished with beaded tassels.

It's fashioned in the open lariat form favored in Edwardian and early Art Deco times, when clothing became much lighter and less restrictive and people liked their jewels to move more freely, too. It can be knotted, looped several times around your neck or worn very long, swinging below waist length. You can even use it as a belt or hair adornment. We often speak of open-ended necklaces as sautoirs, but technically that's a reference to length (40 inches or longer).

Provenance of this beauty is a Midwestern estate, but the exquisite glass is certainly European (French or Bohemian). Condition is so fine that you have to search hard for any signs of surface wear. The only oddity is one teensy dark bead, which must have been woven into the rope on purpose; perhaps it served as a certain maker's signature.

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Exquisite Antique Art Deco Celluloid Shell Earrings

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1930   item# 688327

Exquisite Antique Art Deco Celluloid Shell Earrings
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The ethereal pastel colors of these earrings instantly endeared them to me. The calla and buttercup forms are exquisite, too, and strongly remind me of Victorian floral shell art. That, I believe, was the idea. The first Victorian Revival got underway in later Art Deco times -- largely because people resorted to wearing older family jewelry during the Depression years. Also because there was little money to buy new things, ladies tried their hands at making shell jewels, often composing them on celluloid disks identical to the backing of the creations you see here. Shells (or celluloid ornaments) could be glued to the disk, which in turn was glued to the fastener.

These screw-on fasteners appear original, as does everything about these earrings. They've obviously been treated with great care, to be in such lovely condition, given the delicacy of celluloid. Under high magnification, you can search out a few flakes and hairline cracks, but the naked eye (at least mine) reveals only surface wear to the metal and the absence of one very tiny leaf. Something I particularly enjoy about these is the textural contrast. Notice how the iridescence of the creamy callas and the sparkle of the pink rhinestones stand out against the powdery matte finish of the fresh yellow-green buttercup petals and darker green accents. These charmers date from around 1930, measure about an inch tall and reached us from a West Coast estate.

BTW, we have a couple of celluloid necklaces now that would look fantastic with the earrings. If you're interested in a set, please let us know and and we'll work out special pricing for you.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Vintage Hand-Painted Silk Satin Handkerchief Case

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1940   item# 621961

Vintage Hand-Painted Silk Satin Handkerchief Case
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This pretty hanky bag feels as luscious as it looks, because there's padding between the soft layers of champagne colored fabric. So much special workmanship is evident here that I expect it was made as a gift -- perhaps featuring the recipient's favorite coral pink flowers on the beautifully painted flap.

The case has been tenderly cared for, too. Its interior is perfectly clean and, on close inspection, I can find only a few tiny spots on the back (that will probably rinse away). Most likely dating would be the 1930s, based on the Late Deco look of the bouquet. Provenance is a California estate.

Measuring about 8 inches square when closed, this will be a very spacious cache for your favorite vintage handkerchiefs -- and it's even nice enough to double as an evening bag, if you add a snap or hook for security.

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Rare Handmade Antique Sequin Mask c 1895 to 1925

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1930   item# 580264

Rare Handmade Antique Sequin Mask c 1895 to 1925
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On hold. $95. 

Here's a glamorous masquerade mask from the days long before you could simply grab a costume at Party City. Certainly one of a kind, most likely made by a lady for her own use, it's gracefully shaped with exotic cat's eye openings and sunray forms above. The front is encrusted with shimmering black sequins, all intact, and the reverse is covered with a soft mesh fabric for comfort.

Quite large, the mask measures about 9 inches wide and almost 8 inches tall (extending from the bridge of the nose to well above the forehead). When you aren't wearing it, this would be a splendid wall decoration, framed or not. For tying on or hanging up, there's a fine double cord that feels like silk embroidery thread, but you might want to replace that with lengths of black ribbon or lace.

This would be gorgeous with a black-sequinned Art Deco flapper dress, but may be as early as Edwardian or Victorian and would be beautiful with clothing from those eras, too. Certainly it's very old, not at all like modern rigid masks. Condition is lovely; the only flaws are on the back and they're minor. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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Rare Carved & Painted Bone Earrings, Suffragette Colors

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Costume: Pre 1930   item# 534348

Rare Carved & Painted Bone Earrings, Suffragette Colors
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These antique earrings, intricately carved in the shape of sunflowers, have an unusual color scheme that makes them a lot more significant than mere pretty posies. For members of the Suffragette Movement, to whom we modern women owe the right to vote, purple signified dignity, green represented hope and white stood for purity. Jewels worn by the wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts, pearls and emeralds or peridots. Rhinestones, glass pearls and enamels of the same hues are typically seen in less expensive costume jewelry. These earrings are the only example I've yet seen in painted bone. Perhaps they were even decorated by their original owner, since women of that era were highly accomplished at handicrafts.

Also remarkable is their condition, which is simply superb relative to age. If American, they would've been made prior to passage of the 19th Amendment in August of 1920. If English, they could date as late as 1928, since women's suffrage wasn't comprehensive until then. American origin is somewhat more likely, since their provenance is a Midwestern estate. Whether the gilt metal screw backs are original is impossible to determine with certainty, but this type of fastener grew popular during Edwardian and Art Deco times, when ear-piercing was regarded as a bit barbaric.

As you may know, Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price since the star-studded TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what those 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, these earrings have serious investment value, too. Size is 3/4 inch round.

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5 Vintage Fancy Hand-Made White Baby or Doll Dresses

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1950   item# 522329

5 Vintage Fancy Hand-Made White Baby or Doll Dresses
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$75 (just $15 each), reduced from $140.
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Here's a wonderful Retro find from the 1940s: FIVE whisper-soft dresses of fine white cotton lawn with pintucking, embroidery and scalloped hems. Each has a different design and the tags tell us they were hand-made in the Philippines. Condition is lovely, despite their being about 60 years old -- nearly antique, by American 75-year standards. Some could use a few stitches along seam lines, but there are no major problems. They could be brightened with bleach and/or bluing, if you like. Provenance is a Dallas estate and they're a steal at just $18 each, with shipping included.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



c 1922 Deco Egyptian Revival Necklace Earrings Set

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1930   item# 475105

c 1922 Deco Egyptian Revival Necklace Earrings Set
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$125.
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These marvelous antique jewels are from very early in the Art Deco period, because strong Edwardian influence is evident in the fine filigree drops and dainty chain, as well as the choker length of the necklace. Likely dating would be 1922, immediately following news of the Tut's Tomb discovery, and probable origin is Czech (based on the high-quality glass and metalwork).

The six pendant drops, four for the necklace and two for the earrings, are beautifully fashioned in the form of cylinder seals found in ancient burials and each holds two vivid green crystal beads. The necklace measures 14 1/2 inches long, plus its hook and the drop at the back of the chain. Earrings will fall about 1 1/4 inches below the ear.

Provenance is a Midwestern estate and condition, as you see, is absolutely lovely. The gilt brass shows time's rich patina, which we left in place, but of it course can be polished more brightly if you prefer. Later earring posts had been added, so we replaced those with antique earwires that are right for the period (from old store stock, never worn).

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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