All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1837 VR item #1457537
Princess Stephanie de Beauharnais (1789-1860) was the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte who, through marriage to Karl, Grand Duke of Baden, became the Grand Duchess of Baden. Born in Versailles at the start of the French Revolution, she was the daughter of Claude de Beauharnais, 2nd Count des Roches-Baritaud. A child relative of his then wife Joséphine, Napoleon adopted her and raised her to imperial majesty, as he was without a legitimate heir during this time...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1457536
Exceptional mourning band of the Regency period, with stripes of black enamel bordered with gold trim sandwiched between chased floral borders. The inscription reads "Mrs. Anne Smith Cunninghame of Caprington died 1st of March 1830." on the inside. The Scottish origin of the name Cunningham of Caprington along with the prefix "Mrs." tells us this ring was made in loving memory of a beloved Scottish wife...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457535
Though the hallmarks show it to be of the Victorian era, this memorial band was made in the Regency style of the earlier part of the century. It is hallmarked for Birmingham, 1863. The words IN MEMORY OF are carved to the outside of the band along with raised religious and mourning imagery including Maltese crosses and fallen leaves. The gold-work is heavily chased. This ring was probably made as an advance order but never inscribed...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1457534
Uniquely modern in its design, this memorial ring commemorates Englishman Thomas Parr, an official of the East India Company who was killed in 1807 in an attack by local villagers in the town of Bencoolen where he and his family had taken up residence (now Benkulu, Indonesia). The lettering is inscribed on an enamel ground with gold edging and delicate strips of along the band...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : American : Pre 1920 item #1457528
The Art Deco era ushered in a wave of exotic forms, of which our lizard ring is a superb example. Our 14K ring with an intricately carved reptile planted between 3 gemstones, a larger diamond on one side and a sapphire and smaller diamond on the other, is centered on historicism (as was the Art Deco period); reptiles date from ancient Rome and were a symbol of wedded bliss. The ring is sturdy and solid with its thick band, substantial face and firmly set gemstones...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457267
Unusual early Victorian Garnet eternity band with individually carved repeating garnet circles forming a complete band, a series of circles within a circle (the ring itself). The individual handwork required to carve each garnet circle, including the garnet as well as the gold-work, was considerable on this ring. One would only see this kind of hand-work on an early Victorian or Georgian ring...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457266
Our keeper ring once had hallmarks but they are worn off, so we are estimating this ring to be from the late 1890's. Our ring has plaited gold work on the underside, a work of art of itself. A "Keeper" ring is a snug fitting ring worn to prevent the loss of a more valuable ring by keeping the larger ring from sliding off. Keeper rings were also known as magic, or illusion rings, because of the illusion created by rotating the band causing it to appear to widen, to narrow, then to widen again...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1457081
Lovely late Georgian 22 carat gold ring that is hallmarked Birmingham 1833. The ring has a surround of of natural split pearls around a rectangular beautifully enameled border in black that surrounds a plate of crystal which covers the beautiful hair-work within. The shoulders are of a Georgian repousse carved leaf design and appear to be "reaching out" to hold the head of the ring. Pearls were used frequently in mourning jewelry as a representation of tears...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1457080
This lovely ring features a lovely cameo of a Nubian woman carved from banded agate. Our ring is crafted of 18K gold and the center features a Blackamoor cameo set on a band of 18K with four table cut Burmese rubies symmetrically spaced about a textured gold border, which is itself carved in a repeating S pattern. A single banded agate stone was hand-carved to form the cameo. The woman's carved profile features her smooth polished face and textured braided hair...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1457078
This is a striking lapis signet ring with an insignia that reads "Nec Timeo Nec Sperno", Latin for "I neither fear nor despise". The motto is inscribed in a banner that sits below an engraved image of a closed fist holding a sword upright...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1457077
Lovely carved bracelet of polished jet. Jet was a form of fossilized coal that was discovered in the town of Whitby, England in the late 18th century...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1456087
At a time when much of the populace was illiterate, medieval signet rings had a very practical function. They were were used as seals for official purposes such as officiating a covenant or contract, communication of a religious pledge, love tokens, or merely to display a monogram. The images are carved intaglio, as opposed to raised; the introduction of sealing wax in the middle ages made intaglio work more common. The intaglio on this ring shows a pair of (likely) female figures holding, u...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1800 item #1453736
Original eighteenth century Chelsea Seal in the form of a grotesque figure of a black masked man with 3 cornered ("tri-corn") hat. The tri-cornered hat was a popular hat worn in the 18th century by both aristocracy and commoners, as it was designed to better reveal one's highly fashionable wig. Our male figure is in black breeches, standing on a white base with the motto "Tou jour gay" ("always happy"). "Tou Jour gay" was used often as a motto as were many of the mottos seen on Chelsea Seals (...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453435
Classical Victorian hallmarked bangle bracelet with three rows of tiny fleurons and X shaped patterns running horizontally across the bangle with reeding in between. Our bracelet is hallmarked 1883 Birmingham and is in pristine condition. It is approximately 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch wide, and measures a fairly ample 7 3/4 inch in diameter, suitable for most any size wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453431
Wonderful antique silver cuff with rose gold flowers and arches and yellow leaves with etched tendrils in between. Silver jewelry was made to appeal to the "everyman" in society and after the Silver Jubilee in the later part of the 1800's silver jewelry pieces like our cuff bracelet was made in abundance, but no two pieces were alike and each had its own unique design. This antique cuff bracelet is 7 ½ inches in circumference and is 1 inches wide. It fits a small to medium sized wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1930 item #1453021
An unusual gold toothpick enclosed in a fancy chic case for you to attach to a chain and have at the ready anytime you need one. This interesting deco piece is the unusual pendant you need to have with the rest of your "necessaries" about the neck. It will display nicely with your gold pencil and other attachments. C1930. The chain is not included.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1900 item #1453019
This is a silky smooth gorgeous original French watch chain. Silky smooth about the neck, it has a wonderful texture as only 18K gold has. There is a French eagle's head on the clasp showing its French provenance.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452951
The longest watch chain we have ever come across, this authentic Sterling Victorian slinky watch chain has an unusual link. Victorian watch chains were worn by women, as well as men, to hang a watch, which would snap into the end of a long chain and tuck into a pocket or a belt at the waist. (This is why original watch chains were always very long. Shorter watch chains are part of a larger chain that has been cut down to make 2 or 3 necklaces). At 78 inches in length, our chain can be looped ove...