Antique and Estate Jewelry and Sterling Silver from Vintages of Los Gatos

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1900 item #875853 (stock #99044)
Beautiful flower with petals and leaves made of faux tortoise (celluloid?) or nut casing. The flower is suspended on a spring on the end of the hairpin so that it trembles. The flower is about 2 inches by 2 3/4 inches and 3/4 inch deep – very 3-dimensional. The spring attaches to a 3 3/8 inch long two-prong hairpin. Condition is excellent for such an old, delicate piece. One petal has a spot of surface damage and one leaf is partially loose...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #811616 (stock #49205)
This is a beautifully made hollow body pin. The back appears to be low karat gold or gold-filled. The front is 14K yellow gold, set with a nice little diamond (about 2mm) and decorated with enamel in-laid flowers of turquoise and white. The pin back has a C-clasp, which is marked with a G inside a diamond shield. Measures about 7/8 inch across...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : American : Pre 1900 item #793948 (stock #39155)
This is a scatter pin made from 19th Century United States silver coins. I originally had a pair of these Victorian LOVE TOKENS, but just sold one of them. The coin is a Liberty capped bust half-dime from 1835. One side of the coin has been ground flat and engraved with the initials PBJ (or maybe PBI – the script is quite fancy and the third letter is ambiguous). The pin is gold-filled and dates from the late 19th century, with a C-clasp and tubular hinge. Excellent condition...