This bracelet is so lavishly decorated that words are really lacking to describe it with justice. It is a true Art Nouveau period piece circa 1915-1920’s. Art Nouveau was an important, avant-garde movement that appeared at the turn of the 20th century whose principle was that nature rather than the ancient classicist should be the foundation of all art. The entire surface of the bracelet is covered with opulent Art Nouveau patterns of flowers, flourishes, and in the center, a raised design of an iris. The craftsmanship on the bracelet is superb and it is still in great condition. It has a snap closure that works well and closes with a strong, “snap”. It measures 1-3/4” tall at the center of the front and tapers to ¾” the rest of the way around. It is approximately 7-1/4” inside circumference. It is an extraordinary bracelet and one that will steal the show. As with all antique and vintage jewelry, you must take care of it to preserve it as well as it has been thus far.
The design of this unusual brooch is reminiscent of tribal adornments with different textures, patterns, and even color of the metals. It houses old parts that may have belonged to some other use, but all are either old, tribal, or just old. It is also a dimensional piece with the elements along the centerline raised from the back piece. Stones and beads hang from the middle engraved circle. There are blue old beads from Africa, some brass beads from the Middle East, and a center textured oval that was made for this piece. The other parts about the large circle are a silver coin and another engraved metal with an ornate old bead that I don’t know the provenance of. Most of the construction is riveted with some soldered parts. The back has a simple hand-crafted sterling pin. The brooch is roughly 2” X 2” without the dangles. This would look great for fall and winter on dark coats or sweaters.
This vintage hand made brooch is a silver filigree design with a "foil" or "faux opal" bezel-set in the center. Foil opals are really multicolored foil embedded in glass that sparkles with different colors as do real opals. JoyMex items are becoming very hard to find and this one is a primo example of their work. The filagree is made by carefully bending fine silver wire and soldering to the back base piece. It also has tiny silver balls all around the edge at specific intervals in the scrolls. It is solid sterling silver and was produced circa 1930's in Mexico by JOYMEX. JOYMEX was a noted silversmith during that time and is listed on page 85 of Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. It is marked, "JOYMEX Mexico", and has a partial symbol of their crown that is part of their hallmark. The brooch measures 1-5/8" wide and 1-1/4" tall. It is in excellent vintage condition. The clasp is intact and works perfectly. This is a very feminine and collectible piece.
This lavish copper bracelet is covered with gorgeous floral engraving. It is made up of five large links with three cabochon faux amber stones in the center of three links. In between the links are hinges with a ladder texture on each one. It is 8” inside diameter and each link is 2” tall. It is absolutely stunning and in great vintage condition, and the clasp works well. It is circa 1950’s.
Straight from the ‘50’s comes this intricately designed copper bracelet. It has 5 links, each with an “S” coil and silver teardrop shapes atop each one. The links are connected by textured wide, ribbed links and the closure is a typical box type that still works well. The bracelet is solid copper and sterling with copper plate on the closure. It is in good vintage shape for its age - no dings, but some scratches from wear as you would expect from a piece like this that someone wore often. It measures about 7” long with clasp closed and each curved link is 1-1/4” X 1-1/4”. It is quite shiny and is very attention-grabbing!
This handsome pendant and ornate hand-hammered chain are made of sparkling yellow brass. The chain is from my own collection, which I have had for 40 years. The pendant was cast and hand finished while the chain was formed by bending brass wire by hand and then flattening each link with a hammer. The chain is a lovely, lyrical design, and I believe from the middle east. The pendant is substantial and has a scalloped edge with an edge decorated by lines and tiny circles. The center has a convex spiral with a ground of floral embellishments with a dark patina overall. The pendant is 2-3/4” at its widest point and 2-1/4” tall, and the chain is 26” long. This is an distinctive and exotic pendant and chain that is fabulous find!
This is an extraordinarily beautiful cuff bracelet, crafted with impeccable artisan workmanship. The base is solid brass, with copper wire channel-set in perfect symmetry. It is marked with an "L", which is a mark I am unfamiliar with. This bracelet is one that is a real treasure in design and craftsmanship. It measures 1-1/2" wide X 2" across the widest span.
An uncommon style with certain panache is how I would describe the character of this eye-catching bracelet. The six panels host oval green onyx cabochons set with tiny twisted silver wire at the base of each one. Each of the links is embellished with six circles of silver and silver braided wire. While this is 800 silver, it has a great warmth and appeal. It is marked, “Hecho en Mexico, Guard, Jal”, and the artist’s initials “EGS”. Guad is Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco. I would estimate this to be early 1940’s with the lack of an Eagle assay mark. It measures a little over 7” wide wearable length X 1-1/4” wide. It is in very good vintage condition. This bracelet has a very tailored and fashionable look and would be a classical addition for any collector.
Copper jewelry was very popular in the 1950’s and ‘60’s and this cuff bracelet is from that era. It is a remarkable design with pierced brass covering most of the copper, but with cutouts that let the copper peek through. Each cutout is a scalloped-edge circle with a brass dome in between each one. It is a simple, yet intriguing design and is quite stunning. It measures about 6” end-to-end and is 1-1/2” wide. It can be bent to fit most any arm as copper is very malleable. It is in excellent vintage condition and will grace the arm of the buyer with great panache.
Here is a watch from the early 1900’s and is a true Art Deco style with a face that is covered with typical stylized flourishes, geometric shapes, and flowers. It is small as ladies’ watches were in that era, but easily identifiable as Art Deco or Art Moderne as the style was known in Europe. The case has silver flowers engraved in a black ground at the top and bottom of the face, and further decorated with engraved lines and a floral pattern around the edge. The case is surrounded by a band of square links, terminated by a folding, sliding catch that is still in good working condition. The back even has a lovely patterned border. The watch itself is probably rhodium coated, but the case back appears to be stainless steel. It has a new quartz movement and keeps good time. It is in vintage condition one would expect from such as old piece. It shows some wear in spots on the band, the band hinge, and on the face. The inside of the band shows more wear. The face itself is discolored from age, but still is a rare piece of art from an era that produced exquisite design in architecture, fashion, jewelry and accessories, automobiles, and other modes of the day. It measure 1-1/4” tall X 5/8” wide X ¼” thick.
These elegant vintage Taxco sterling silver earrings are decorated with symmetrical flourishes covering the surface, reminiscent of heraldic symbols. The graceful design is raised with dark patinaed background. They are marked, " Taxco 925 Mexico" in a circle, with the artist’s initials, “AVC” in the center. It also has the Eagle 3 assay stamp and part of what was probably “sterling”. This artist is documented in Bille Hougart’s, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. They are approximately 1-1/4 long and ¾” wide, and are screw backs. They weigh 7 grams. These were probably cast and then cut out around the edge of the design. Then the alpaca screw backs were soldered on. These are in excellent vintage condition and are a striking sophisticated design.
This vintage Mexican brooch depicts a large pitcher or ewer that is rounded and punctuated with silver balls and turquoise. It is beautifully crafted and an old style from the pre-Eagle era of Mexican silver. It is circa 1930?s-1940?s. The small cabochon stone is turquoise and is bezel-set. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. Gerardo Lopez designed a ewer like this and this could have been done in his shop. Often tallers allowed silversmiths to sell a few of their own without the maestro's mark. It was fabricated by hand, cut from silver sheet, and the shape formed by repousse, as well as the raised silver balls. Then the clasp was soldered on and the back soldered to the front and the stone set. It is marked, "Made in Mexico Silver". It measures 2-1/2? tall x 1-3/4? at the widest point. It weighs 10.6 grams. The piece is in beautiful vintage condition with absolutely no scratches or dings. The clasp works perfectly. This is a highly collectible piece.