Handsome English magnifier. Staghorn handle with sterling silver mounts. Each mount has ram's-head-relief design along with beaded accents. Hallmarks: William Beatson, Sheffield 1893. 4" W., 10 3/8" L.
Rambling Art Nouveau silver overlay vines are upon the baluster-form vase. Two central flower heads with hand-chased detail complete the lovely design. American circa 1900. 6 3/8" H.
Victorian wine bottle coasters have beautifully reticulated galleries. Bases are turned wood with a central button. England circa 1880. 2 1/2" H., 5 5/8" W.
Handsome antique cut-crystal Scotch whisky decanter fitted with a Betjemann's patented lock. A silvered collar about the neck of the decanter holds a locking mechanism. An arm slides forward to grasp and hold a heavy multi- facet-cut stopper in place. The stopper rests within a widely flaring pouring lip. The Victorian decanter is extensively and deeply cut on all sides along with a star-cut pattern upon its base. Retains original key. Retailed by George Betjemann & Sons in their shop in Pentonville Road, London circa 1890. 9 1/2" H.
Very nice example of this highly collected corkscrew. The celluloid stockings are striped in bright dark green and ivory. Nickel mounts are in the form of high-button boots. Influenced by the "Can-Can" dancers of the 19th century, Moulin Rouge-era Paris. Made in Germany circa 1895. 2 5/8" L. closed, 5 1/4" W. fully open
Heavily cut, round crystal jar with pique tortoise and silver top. Silver inlay with ribbons and cascading florals is finely chased. Hallmarks: William Comyns, Birmingham 1912. 2 7/8" H., 2 5/8" W.
Early Sheffield plate wine bottle coaster has lovely foliates in relief upon the top rim. A turned wooden base within the Georgian-era stand. Circa 1840. 2" H., 7" W.
Tall, oval-form, cut-crystal boudoir jar. The pique-tortoise top has chased silver rambling floral inlay and a central oval medallion. Hallmarks: Neal Brothers, Birmingham 1905. 3 3/8" H., 1 7/8" W., 2 7/8" L.
Lovely quality sterling silver and pique tortoise-top jewel box. Elaborate hand-chased silver inlay has scrolling florals along with cascading garlands. Hallmarks: Charles Boynton, Birmingham 1912. 1" H., 2 5/8" W., 3 1/8" L.
Elegant pique tortoise and sterling silver jewel or ring box. Oval form has elaborate hand-chased silver inlay with ribbons, garlands, lyre and trumpet drops. Footed box has tufted lining within. Hallmarks: William Comyns, Birmingham 1907. 1 1/2" H., 1 7/8" W., 2 5/8" L.
Stunning design! Made by the well-known Birmingham designer James Fenton. Art Nouveau naturalistic floriform pendant enameled in vibrant blue, green and aqua. Three stemmed flowers in golden and yellow enamels rise within the design. An additional enamel pendant that hangs above and a drop below complete the lovely work. Hallmarks: James Fenton, Birmingham 1908. 2 7/8" to drop
Nice, large crystal jar cut with vertical ribbing upon its rounded form. Pique tortoise top is inlaid with cascading ribbons and pendant flowers. Hallmarks: Cohen & Charles, Birmingham 1918. 3 1/2" W., 3 1/8" H.
Extraordinary Vienna bronze birds epergne. Four detailed cast cockatiels are perched upon swinging arms that bob up and down over the gilded "pond" center bowl. A central crystal bud vase rises above. A rare and charming example. Austria, early 1900's. 10 1/4" H., 6 3/4" W.
Fine Art Nouveau wine, or claret, jug made by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. A fully cast, detailed figure of a mermaid forms the handle. The mount, with its hinged cover and tall pouring lip, has rambling florals in relief. The large crystal carafe is hand-cut, as well as etched, with complementing high Art Nouveau florals. Signed with WMF marks upon the mount. An extraordinary example of romanticized Art Nouveau by this highly regarded workshop. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue, page 135. 12" H.
Elegant pair of Georgian-era Sheffield plate wine bottle coasters. Swirling, lobed coasters with applied gadroon-and-shell tops. Turned wooden bases. England circa 1840. 1 7/8" H., 6 1/4" W.
Lovely enameled scarab pendant from the Charles Horner workshop. The scarab has luminous blue, green and aqua highlights. A similar example is pictured in "Charles Horner of Halifax," by Tom J. Lawson, page 88. Hallmarks: Charles Horner, Chester 1910. 1 1/4" W.
Lovely serpentine-form sterling silver frame. The rambling frame's border, as well as the photo borders, have a relief repousse pattern. Oak easel back. Hallmarks: J & R Griffin, Chester 1919. 6 5/8" W., 8 3/8" H.; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/8" H. photo
Antique sterling silver letter opener has a lush, royal blue enamel handle. The silver blade is extensively hand-chased with foliates and a swimming fish upon both sides. Scrolling designs in relief around the enamel work further enhance the Victorian opener. Hallmarks: Martin, Hall Co. (Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall), Sheffield 1873. 8 7/8" L.