Rare snuff box is in a diamond shape. The unusual sterling silver design is curved beneath to allow comfort within a pocket. Hand-chased foliates upon its hinged top along with a vacant cartouche. Hallmarks: John Rose, Birmingham 1907. 1 5/8" W., 2 1/4" L.
Antique sterling silver whistle with a ribbed pattern. The Victorian-era example, with its chatelaine ring, is fully functioning. Hallmarks: Francis Webb, Birmingham 1894. 1 7/8" L.
Elegant sterling silver condiment set consisting of two open salts, two mustard pots and two pepperettes with bristol blue glass liners. The elaborate set is complete with its original spoons. Decorated with a swag-and-bow design in relief. Each is fully hallmarked: Henry Hobson & Sons, Birmingham 1904. The ten pieces are fitted in a beautiful velvet- and silk-lined case. 2 7/8" H. pepperettes; 2 1/8" W. salts; 2 7/8" W. mustards
Antique sterling silver Victorian whistle. In fine condition and mounted with a chatelaine ring. The wonderful, functional whistle is fully hallmarked: Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1873. 2 1/4" L. with ring
Pair of nutcrackers with a cut design on handles that creates a comfortable grip. Concave, grooved area helps to grip nut. Swing handles reverse to accommodate a smaller nut and rotate back for walnut or other large varieties. Fitted in beautiful original silk- and velvet-lined case. Made in England circa 1910. 5 3/4" L. each
Extraordinary, lively Austrian bronze dog stands upon its hind legs as it holds a lariat with its paws. The detailed figure has nuanced patination of the detailed fur. Fine example for the collector of unusual Austrian bronze animals. Circa 1910. 3 1/4" H., 2 1/8" W.
Fine silver snuff box with engraved whimsical scenes of dogs chasing rabbits in a landscape with fences and trees. The engraved narrative is upon top as well as all sides. Bottom of box depicts a pair of dueling gentlemen dressed in period attire. The box is further enhanced with engraved foliates and a lion's mask. Hallmarks: Maker AA along with date mark Q4 for 1846. 1 5/8" W., 3" L.
Beautifully presented in their original velvet- and silk-lined case. The set-of-six sterling silver Arts & Crafts tots, or shot glasses, were retailed by the famous Mappin & Webb Goldsmiths & Silversmiths at 2 Queen Victoria St., London. Each loop-handle-form tot is hallmarked: Charles Edwards, London 1905. 2 1/8" W., 1 1/2" H. each
Lovely Victorian silver-plated basket with an elaborate, splayed, twig-form handle. Basket interior has cascading flowers in relief with chased detail. English registry mark beneath for April 26, 1881, along with maker mark of Henry Wilkinson of Sheffield. 4 1/2" H., 10" W.
Antique niello Russian cigarette case with a central scene of a horse-drawn sled with driver in traditional attire. The silver is further enhanced with scrolling and floral designs. An elaborate cartouche with chased monogram is upon the reverse. Marks include: Date stamp for Moscow 1886 along with 84 Fineness for 875 purity. Maker Vasili Dmtrev. A lovely example created during the Nicholas II period. 1 3/4" W., 3/14" L.
Detailed, cast Vienna bronze French bulldog. The naturalistic fur is cold-painted in tan and brown tones with dark highlights on the muzzle and ears. A studded collar is painted maroon. Nice, realistic expression. Stamped Geschutzt beneath; Austria early 1900's. 4 1/2" H., 4 1/2" L.
Sterling silver Victorian vesta, or match safe, with hand-chased florals upon the surface. A match striker is at bottom and a chatelaine ring completes the design; gilded within. Hallmarks: Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1894. 1 1/4" W., 2" L. w/ring
Pair of elegant Victorian, English tall wine bottle coaster stands. The high-hat form has pierced design along with garlands and lion masks in relief. The flaring top is cast with flowers and leaves. The pattern is by Barker Ellis of Birmingham circa 1880. 4 1/4" H., 7 3/8" W.
Elaborate silver oval frame. A central mask of a woman with headdress adorns the top. Foliates in relief further adorn the borders. Stamped with French marks, circa 1900. 5 1/4" W., 8 5/8" H.; 4" W., 5 5/8" H. photo
Large antique classic design photo frame. The tall sterling silver, vertical form has raised borders and retains its original oak easel back. Hallmarks: Walker & Hall, Birmingham 1918. 9 3/4" W., 11 3/4" H.; 8" W., 10" H. photo
Elegant, tall, oval frame. The borders are raised with a notch design at its top. Hallmarks: Hobson, James & Gilby, Birmingham 1918. 4 3/8" W., 8 1/2" H.; 2 3/8" W., 6" H. photo
Extraordinary sterling silver flask funnel with an engraved rooster, or cockerel, upon its side. The rooster raises a glass with its claw. A banner beneath announces "Here's How." Made by the William B. Kerr Silver Co. of Newark, N.J., circa 1910. 2 3/4" W., 3" H.
A rare-to-find pair of cold-painted Vienna bronze dachshunds. The jointly cast male and female have a chain attached to their collars. Painted in deep browns with realistic tan accents on their coats, collars are blue. Austria circa 1910. 1 5/8" H., 2 5/8" W., 3" L.
Quite whimsical. This scarce example of a Victorian milk jug pitcher has a detailed cast cat as its handle. Made by the Mark Willis & Sons workshop of Sheffield circa 1885. 5" H.
Antique brass tassel-form letter clip or note holder. The clip has a loop to allow it to hang if desired. Stamped Merry Phipson & Parker, January 1845. 2 1/4" W., 6" L.
Elegant Victorian, English tall wine bottle coaster stand. The high-hat form has pierced design along with garlands and lion masks in relief. The flaring top is cast with grape leaves and clusters. The pattern is by Barker Ellis of Birmingham circa 1880. 4 1/4" H., 7 3/8" W.
Victorian figural donkey or pack mule condiment stand. The whimsical, detailed silvered form holds original cranberry cut crystal open salt and condiment holders. Made by the Villiers workshop in Sheffield circa 1870. 5" W., 4" H.
Lovely heavy quality sterling silver Edwardian snuff box. The rectangular form with scallop edges is gilded within. Hallmarks: E. J. Trevitt & Sons, Chester 1906. 1 3/8" W., 2" L.
Irises, along with swirling foliates, are in relief upon the box cover. Sides of the charming pill or trinket box have complementing Art Nouveau florals, all with chased detail. Gilded within. Hallmarks: Charles Dumenil, London, 1902. 1 5/8" W., 1 1/8" H.
Finely cast gilded bronze tray with detailed, reticulated foliates in high relief. The stunning Art Nouveau form rests upon four cast feet and is signed M. Migneaux; France circa 1900. 7 1/4" W., 8 7/8" L.
A beautifully cast Art Nouveau maiden with flowing hair in the style of Alphonse Mucha forms the handle of the letter opener. The lovely silvered pewter sculptural opener was made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's 1906 catalog, reprinted by the Antiques Collectors Club, page 270. 8 1/8" L.
Wonderful marabou figural cigar cutter. Designed by Ignatius Taschner (Germany, 1871-1913), known for his animal sculptures. The hammered steel bird has a guillotine-design beak. Raise beak, insert cigar into the eye, drop beak to cut, and allow cigar tip to fall into waiting copper bowl beneath. Clever and whimsical. Germany circa 1905. 5" W., 6 1/8" H.; 8" H. (beak extended)
Extraordinary Jugendstil large wine jug made by the Carl Deffner workshop of Esslingen, Germany, circa 1905. A multi-segmented monkey guards the domed top, while its long tail forms a curved, open handle. The silvered tankard is enhanced with Jugendstil whiplash designs in relief. The monkey, as well as the spout and round foot, are all gilded. Firm's marks beneath. 5 7/8" W., 15 1/2" H.
Fine set-of-six sterling silver tots, or shot glasses. The Arts & Crafts tyg tri-handle-form shots are each fully hallmarked: James Wakely & Frank Clarke Wheeler, London 1910. Beautifully presented in original fitted lush burgundy velvet- and satin-lined case. 2" H., 1 3/8" W., 2" W. to handles each
Finely cast bronze entitled "Le Travail," by Maurice Joseph Constant, France 1892-1970. The bronze depicts a youthful man with a hammer and anvil along with calipers. The figure is clad in a fur, belted loin cover. Signed upon top of base M. Constant. Original plaque upon the front: Le Travail, Par Mce. Constant (Mention au Salon). Deep golden olive patina; France circa 1910. 7 1/2" H.
Lighthearted bronzes depicting a young girl and boy ice skating, by Franz Iffland (Berlin 1862-1935). The girl, in her fur-trimmed cape, has her hands in a muff; the boy in fur-trimmed cape, holds a cupid-like feathered arrow with bow. Iffland, a member of the Berliner Bildhauerschule, was active 1885-1915. He became most well-known for his sculptures of young children and women. The richly patinated skaters stand upon tall, dark green marble bases. Each signed F. Iffland; Germany circa 1900. 10 1/4"-10 1/2" H. each
Beautifully detailed ram-mounted figural letter opener. The silvered pewter opener was made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1910. 7 5/8" L.
Lovely Art Nouveau round box with robust florals and whiplash vines around the circumference. An Art Nouveau maiden with flowing hair adorns the cover of the elegant design. Made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue, page 290. 2 1/4" H., 3 1/4" W.
Stunning high Art Nouveau design! A reticulated whiplash form support in each corner upholds the jewel box. Interlacing, sweeping vines and Art Nouveau florals are in relief upon the top and all sides. Made by the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1900. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue. Marks beneath. 2 3/4" H., 4 1/2" W., 6 3/4" L.
A distinct Josef Hoffmann-design influence is seen upon the Vienna Secession wine, or Champagne, cooler. A flat paneled top rises above concentrically banded ribbing. A geometric pattern in relief is reminiscent of Hoffmann's gitterwerk designs. Made in Vienna by the Argentor workshop circa 1905, located in Wimbergerstrasse. The well-regarded firm was founded by Ernst Russ and Adolf Willhelm Hetzel. Illustrated in an early Argentor-Werk catalogue, page 86. 8 3/4" H., 12 1/4" W. to handles
Patinated repousse brass Art Nouveau photo frame depicting a pair of facing winged phoenixes. Undulating serpent-like forms complete the extraordinary design of the large, brass-wrapped angular frame. In the style of Alfred Daguet, France circa 1900. Wooden easel back. 9" W., 11 12" H; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/4" H. photo
English bronze door knocker with cold-painted detail in the form of Tom Chrudd, known as Old Boots. This knocker depicts the famous "boot boy" from the 18th-century Unicorn Inn of Ripon in Yorkshire, carrying a boot jack and a pair of slippers. He had a nose and chin so long that he was able to hold a coin between them. He was tipped for his service, upon which he grasped the coin in that fashion. England circa 1890. 4" L.
Lovely silver jigger with a repousse design of interlacing florals. The detailed Art Nouveau jigger was made by the well-known Wilhelm Binder workshop of Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, circa 1900. Gilded within. Firm's marks beneath, along with 800 Fine Silver mark. 2 3/8" H.
High Art Nouveau bronze letter opener. Beautifully cast, interlacing vines and flowers adorn the elegant opener. An Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair is upon the top. France circa 1900. 8 3/4" L.
Bold and beautiful Art Nouveau wine or beer jug made by the well-known Orivit workshop in Cologne, Germany circa 1904. The tall pewter jug has a finely detailed eagle upon its front. The beak-form front of its hinged cover opens to offer a pouring lip. The wide base has undulating peacock-feather forms in relief. Photo of an example is pictured in "Orivit, Zinn des Jugendstils aus Koln," an early Orivit catalogue, page 100. 13 1/2" H.
Stunning Art Nouveau silver beaker is finely engraved with rambling flowers and vines. Two butterflies among the foliates complete the elegant form. Hallmarks include Minerva head for the first French standard of 950 Fine Silver; maker Claude Doutre Rousse, Paris circa 1895. 3 1/8" H., 2 5/8" W.
Lovely sterling silver Art Nouveau photo frame. An Alphonse- Mucha-inspired maiden is in relief upon the undulating form. Rambling flowers and vines, along with a butterfly, adorn the romanticized design. Hallmarks: R.U. & Co., Birmingham 1907. 5 3/4" W., 6 5/8" H., 3 3/4" diameter photo.
Extraordinary English sterling silver Art Nouveau card case. A distinct Alphonse- Mucha-influence maiden is in high relief upon its front. The profile, with cascading hair and elaborate headband, is reminiscent of Mucha's depictions of Sarah Bernhardt. Floral and scrolling patterns in relief further enhance the lovely case, which accommodates a present-day, business-card size. Hallmarks: Clifford & Norris, Birmingham 1902. 2 3/4" W., 3 7/8" H.
Vienna Secession basket designed by architect Hans Ofner (1880-1939) and made in the Argentor workshop in Austria circa 1905. Crystal liner rests within rounded frame displaying gitterwerk elements upon its circumference as well as its open handle. Ofner studied with Josef Hoffmann at the Kunstgewerbescule. He went on to create Vienna Secession interiors along with fine metalwork, furniture and jewelry. An Ofner gitterwerk vase by Argentor is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 7 1/2" H., 5 1/2" W.
Tudric pewter butter dish designed by the famous Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. circa 1902-05. The open tri-handle form, with its stylized honesty leaves in relief, has its original Powell glass liner. Impressed marks beneath with model number 0162 Tudric. An example pictured in "Archibald Knox," by Stephen A. Martin, page 208. 5 5/8" W., 1 1/2" H.
Most unusual example of a fine Art Nouveau silver card case. Rambling vines along with daffodils in high relief are upon the cover of the case. The case, with its spring mechanism, opens to reveal a beautifully fitted interior of moire silk. Each side has a gusset pocket to hold a card. The form accommodates modern- day-size business cards. Impressed marks for 800 fine silver along with maker stamp: Germany circa 1900. 2 5/8" W., 4" L.
A beautifully interpreted pair of Vienna Secession-design candlesticks made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1910. Clearly a Josef Hoffmann influence with lobed and beaded elements. Firm's marks beneath each. 5 7/8" H., 4 1/8" W.
Elegant, large, sterling silver magnifier. The long handle has a hand-chased spiral-foliate pattern in relief. Hallmarks: Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham 1899. 4" W., 10 1/4" L.
Beautiful antique sterling silver magnifier with a lovely swirl grip handle. Mount upon the glass ring has a complementing pattern in relief as well as bead-edge detail. Hallmarks: Adie & Lovekin, Birmingham 1900. 3" W., 7" L.
Completely hammered wine bottle stand. The Vienna Secession-era stand was made in the Frantisek Bibus, known as Franz, workshop in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) circa 1910. 2 1/4" H., 3 1/2" W.
Tiffany patinated bronze Zodiac-pattern bookends. The pair depicts the twelve signs of the zodiac in relief. Impressed marks upon each. Tiffany Studios, New York 1091. Circa 1905. A similar pair illustrated in "Tiffany Desk Sets," by Holland, page 36. 6" H., 5" W.
WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau basket with florals and berries in relief upon its rising sides. A figural winged maiden fashioned as the handle. Designed by Albert Mayer, circa 1907. Firm's marks beneath. 6 3/4" W., 3 1/2" H.
Handsome classic design English sterling silver flask. The practical, discreet size has one curved side to comfortably fit a hip or breast pocket. Bayonet feature on its top, locking cap. Hallmarks: Charles S. Green, Birmingham 1918. 3 1/8" W., 4 1/4" H.
Nice quality antique sterling silver flask in desirable, discreet size. Drinking cup removes from bottom for convenience and cap has bayonet-hinge design. Cup is gilded within. Hallmarks: James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield 1895. 2 1/4" W., 3 3/4" H.
Sterling silver English snuff box with a repousse design upon the oval form's top as well as sides. The box has chased accents and crimped-edge detail. Gilded within. Hallmarks: Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1899. 3/4" H., 1 1/4" W., 3" L.
Lovely Victorian sterling silver box with floral and scroll repousse decoration upon the top as well as sides. The elegant box is further enhanced with chasing and crimp-edge detail. Hallmarks: George Nathan & Ridley Hayes, Chester 1895. 3/4" H., 1 3/4" W., 3 7/8" L.
Sterling silver tray has a golf club perched upon its top. Bottom of the tray is glass. Hallmarks for Birmingham 1905. 1 1/8" H., 2 7/8" W.
Charming narrative bronze. A young boy in a waistcoat and cap lights a lantern. He carries a jug and flask. Patina has golden highlights. Figure stands upon a variegated marble base. Germany circa 1900. 4 1/2" H.
Lovely gilded bronze quatrefoil-form jewel box. Bead-edge top has a detailed pattern. Applied florals in relief, along with a silvered and gilded figure group, further enhance the cover. Sides have acanthus designs. Velvet lined. France circa 1900. 1 1/2" H., 2 3/4" W., 4 1/4" L.
Magnificent bottle stand by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop. Three nude sea sirens clasp hands as they encircle the stand among choppy rising waves. A tripod support of lily pads and flowers upholds the stand with pendant grapes festooning above. Workshop marks beneath. Germany circa 1907. 4 1/4" H., 5 1/8" W.