Period Pieces Art Nouveau Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1284574 (stock #RP06077)
Period Pieces
$175.00
This striking brooch features flowers – poppies? – with curved flowing lines, mounted on a mother-of-pearl oval. Poppies have symbolized sleep (hello, Dorothy!), rest, and eternal life. The flower is silver plate, and is worn on the high places (I find that the worn places actually serve as highlights). The mother of pearl is convex. It measures 1-3/4” x 1-3/8”. The pin assembly is mounted on a base metal plaque, and is of the old style. It rattles a little, but is firmly in place...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre 1980 item #1285508 (stock #RP05072)
Period Pieces
$113.00
Here is a brooch with an ancient Celtic design – two birds with enameled wings, bodies and eyes, with interlaced silver above and below. The enamel is in green, blue, white, and red. It is marked 925 for sterling silver, and has several other marks which are illegible. 1-1/2” X 1-1/4”. There are a couple places where the enamel isn’t perfect – please see photos. Probably a more recent casting of an older piece, and very pretty...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1296928 (stock #RP05038)
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$68.00
Here is a lovely lady with lotuses or water lilies in her hair. Lotuses, a variety of water lily, have symbolized purity, enlightenment, and resurrection. This lady is remarkably similar to a piece made by the Unger Bros., but marked only STERLING – and the stamp is reversed! We believe her to be a copy, but still made around 1900 – this seemed to have happened fairly frequently back in the day...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1289884 (stock #RP13225)
Period Pieces
$225.00
This striking pin is composed of 2 beautifully engraved silver circles intertwined with an oval, and set with ovals of agate of various colors. Agates have been used in jewelry going back into antiquity. They were thought to ward off storms and headaches, attract strength, and to affect dreaming. Queen Victoria became enamored of Scotland during her reign, so everything Scottish became popular during that period (except, perhaps, haggis!), especially post 1848 when she bought Balmoral Castle...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1920 item #1276742 (stock #RN06100)
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$255.00
Here is a sky-blue enamel pendant with blue enamel dropper. It tests as silver, most likely Sterling. It has two shades of light blue enamel on the front, highlighted by silver flourishes and dots. The dropper is also enameled in shaded hues of blue. The enamel continues on the back in sky blue – so lovely! Excluding the bale, it is 1-1/2” long by just under ¾” across...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1920 item #1294197 (stock #RN10200)
Period Pieces
$345.00
Here is a lovely pendant, enameled mostly in an intense blue, with patches of a much lighter blue. The dropper shades from a pale green through a lighter blue into the intense blue of the main part of the jewel. The back is marked sterling silver, and the dropper is marked silver. It measures 1-3/8 x 1-3/16, and is on a new 18” sterling chain. In very good condition overall...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre 1980 item #1280630 (stock #51)
Period Pieces
$89.00
This locket is made of carved silver, with plenty of space for a monogram, should you wish. It measures 1-1/4” (without the decorative bale) by 1” wide. The bale adds a further ¼”. Stamped 925, it weighs .30oz or 8.4g, and has an age-appropriate patina. The 30” box chain is marked 925 and Italy, and weighs a further 9.0g or .31 oz. It has been well loved, and the new owner might want to have it buffed. It closes firmly...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1276009 (stock #RM05021)
Period Pieces
$335.00
Here is a really lovely sash buckle, designed for Tiffany by the famous George Shiebler. It is marked “Tiffany & Co,” the winged S for Shiebler, “Sterling,” and “4758.” It is 3” x 2”, with a slight curve to it, and weighs 42.2g/1.49oz. Decorated with flowers and foliate designs, it’s a beauty. (Geo...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1910 item #1294923 (stock #RN10201)
Period Pieces
$630.00
Here we have a very pretty Charles Horner enameled pendant. It has Horner’s maker’s mark, as well as hallmarks for Chester, 1909-10. The enamel is a lovely mix of green and blue in 3 panels, with a blister pearl mounted at the top and a freshwater pearl dangle. It measures 1-5/8” not including the bale, by 1” at the widest point. The modern sterling chain is 18”. The enamel is in perfect condition, but there is a tiny chip to the blister pearl, which doesn’t even show up in the enla...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1290312 (stock #RP07114)
Period Pieces
$220.00
According to some, this is St. Catherine, patroness of young maidens and female scholars. There is a (“Catherine”?) wheel in the background, and a flower in the foreground. Her clothing looks very Renaissance to us. Marked “SILVER” on the C-clasp, with an illegible maker’s mark, the metal tests 90-100% silver, and she’s a dainty 7/8” in diameter. 2.5g. In excellent condition, and circa 1850. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as we are not responsi...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1291925 (stock #RP07110)
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$450.00
This charming brooch is very wearable. Plique a jour jewels are very hard to come by these days – they are somewhat fragile, rare, and I believe that many of them are now in private collections. This lovely maple leaf pin seems to be missing one leaf. The space has been filled with a drop made of green agate, so the loss is hardly noticeable. Along the main vein of each leaf and the stem are paste accent stones, and it is centered by a faux pearl. The plique itself is in good shape, with only ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1279467 (stock #RN13240)
Period Pieces
$205.00
This necklace is such a pleasure to wear! It drapes very nicely around the neck, measuring 15-1/2” long, with a maximum of ½” in width. It is marked "DANECRAFT STERLING RFG US PAT OFF" and weighs 36.8g or 1.29 oz. In excellent condition, and we believe it was made between 1940 and 1950. The flowers are sometimes mistaken for lotuses, which is no surprise, as they are related. To Buddists, they represent resurrection, purity and enlightenment. Please read this description and look at the pho...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1920 item #1285978 (stock #RP12212)
Period Pieces
$189.00
Here is a very pretty brooch from the Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau era. It features an oval purple cabochon, possibly glass, centered between two hammered leaves (very A&C), all on a very Art Nouveau framework. Marked “DEPOS” (probably meant to say “DEPOSE”, i.e., patented), it is most likely from Germany. There are two illegible marks, one on the C-clasp, and one on the back. It tests as silver, measures 1-3/4” x 3/4", and weighs 4.4 g. The surface of the cabochon is somewhat abraded, a...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1275841 (stock #RP05042)
Period Pieces
$81.00
This charming portrait in silver, of a wind-swept person in a cloak and hood, is very detailed and just lovely. We think it’s a boy (unusual!), as the hair seems to be quite short under the hood. The hood itself looks like a cap made from a flower, as seen on fairies in Victorian children’s books. It measures 1-1/8” wide, is hollow, and is marked “STERLING TOP GERMAN SILVER BACK”. German silver is a kind of base metal. The back is a bit tarnished, has what looks like little bubbles of...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1930 item #1283575 (stock #RE12033A)
Period Pieces
$130.00
Here is a pair of earrings which we had made over from a single cuff link, made c. 1920. Recycling/upcycling at its best! My jeweler came up with an ingenious way of creating these earrings – please see the photos. The backing of each (old) peacock glass setting is marked STERLING, and the (new) ear wires are sterling as well. Each cab measures 9/16” x 5/16", and the earrings hang a total of 1-1/2” each. The cufflink was an antique, so the glass shows a little abrasion, but this is unnotic...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre 1960 item #1290677 (stock #RP12215)
Period Pieces
$95.00
Here is a very pretty and graceful brooch depicting a sprig of lily of the valley (which symbolizes “a return to happiness,” and is frequently used in wedding bouquets). It is marked 925, and tests for silver. Because of the way the stones are set, we can’t test them, but we’re pretty certain they are carnelians. 11 marcasites add sparkle to the whole. There is an illegible maker’s mark. It measures 1” x 5/8" and is in excellent condition. From the 1950’s or earlier, we believe. P...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1277295 (stock #RN06089)
Period Pieces
$136.00
This intriguing jewel has a saint, probably St. Peter, holding a key (to the church? To heaven?), and with a bird – a dove? - in the background) on one side, and a photograph of an ecclesiastical-looking person on the other. It contains a touched relic (a bit of ribbon which has been touched to the bone or something worn by a saint), a tiny base metal medal with Mary on one side, saying "Mary conceived without sin” and more Christian imagery on the other, and a wisp of cotton. Wouldn’t it ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Period : Pre 1920 item #1292126 (stock #RM05031)
Period Pieces
$57.00
The coin tests as silver, most likely sterling. On one side we see the face of Friedrich (presumably) and his wife, a Maltese cross, and the words “FRIEDRICH * I * 1701 * WILHELM * II * 1901”, on the other side is an eagle with a crown above, and “DEUTSCHES REICH 1901 ZWEI MARK”. The rest is white metal. The swivel clasp has a mark, which looks like a plow. We haven’t been able to track it down. The coin and split ring weigh approximately .40oz, and the whole thing .94oz. The coin is 1...