Period Pieces Art Nouveau Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1437096 (stock #RM05019)
Period Pieces
$199.00
Here is a very Victorian grooming chatelaine from the 1800s. It has a Chinese fish motif at the top, and dangling from that are 3 implements: a tweezers, an ear-cleaning device, and a third implement for cleaning nails. (We saw a similar chatelaine on eBay, and the ear-cleaning implement was advertised as a device for opium users, but we don’t think so! But as non-opium users, we could be wrong ….) It is unmarked but tests positive for silver, and with a patina consistent with age...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1437354 (stock #CM-16)
Period Pieces
$95.00
Natural Bohemian garnets are featured in this antique pin. Two round elements are made up of three tiers of rich red rose-cut garnets. Each garnet circle is surrounded by a row of tiny rose-cut garnets. Suspended from these elements are three droppers featuring more garnets, round and marquise in shape. These droppers add eye-catching motion to the piece when it is worn. All of the gems are beautifully prong set. The pin is unmarked but is silver and is 1 ¼” wide...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1433549 (stock #RN06089)
Period Pieces
$155.00
This fascinating locket depicts a saint, probably St. Peter, holding a key (to the church? To heaven?), with a dove in the background. On the other side is a photograph of an ecclesiastical-looking person. It contains a touched relic (a bit of ribbon which has been touched to a saint’s bone or something worn by a saint), a tiny metal medal with Mary on one side, saying "Mary conceived without sin” and more Christian imagery on the other, and a wisp of cotton...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1431357 (stock #RM10138)
Period Pieces
$299.00
Here is a sterling silver buckle with a floral motif with plique a jour (translucent) enamel. These buckles with plique are quite unusual. The plique is red, two shades of blue, and green. It is signed with a “JK” above another “JK” in a box. It has marks for London, 1886, and a duty mark. Measuring 3-1/8” x 2-1/4", it weighs 32.7g or 1.16 oz. It is in very good condition. The plique has a few hairlines and some bubbles, which is normal for this type of enamel...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1434379 (stock #RP08137)
Period Pieces
$169.00
Here is a highly detailed pin by Edmond-Henri Becker, one of the best-known French medalists. We really love all the details! The front shows Joan of Arc (patron saint of France and of soldiers) in profile, also a shield decorated with a sword, a crown, and 2 fleurs-de-lis. Above her head is a banner saying “Jehanne d’Arc” and “1429”. The back shows a banner with a saint (or possibly the Madonna and Child – the metal is somewhat worn here) with two people praying...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1435434 (stock #RP07114)
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$225.00
Here is a pretty and very detailed pin, perhaps depicting St. Catherine, patroness of young maidens and female scholars. There is a “Catherine wheel” in the background (but it could also be a spinning wheel or a ship's wheel – so you can make up your own mind!), and a flower in the foreground. Her clothing looks very Renaissance era to us. Marked “SILVER” on the C-clasp, with an illegible maker’s mark, the metal tests as sterling, and she’s a dainty 7/8” in diameter. 2.5g...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401266 (stock #AP10-650)
Period Pieces
$585.00
This gorgeous vulture is made of gilded silver [800] and plique a jour. It's a Victorian pin in the Egyptian Revival Style. The translucent wings are yellow-green, shading to burnt orange. The tops of the wings are opaque enamel in yellowish green. The pin is centered with a matching yellowish green stone which is to date [and probably forever] unidentified. It is not peridot, nor is it glass. The pin is 2" across and is circa 1880.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1433305 (stock #RP06077)
Period Pieces
$189.00
Here is a striking brooch featuring poppies with curved flowing lines, mounted on a mother-of-pearl oval. Poppies symbolize sleep (think Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”), rest, and eternal life. The flower is silver plate, and is worn on the high places (we find that those bits actually serve as highlights). The mother of pearl is convex. It measures 1-3/4” x 1-3/8”. The pin assembly is mounted on a base metal plaque, and is of the old style. It rattles a little, but is firmly in place...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1432145 (stock #RP08149)
Period Pieces
$875.00
Here is a very sweet pin showing two cupids, a boy and a girl, looking sweet, serene, and loving...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1438565 (stock #RM05021)
Period Pieces
$399.00
Here is a beautiful sash buckle, designed for Tiffany by the well-known George Shiebler. The marks are: “Tiffany & Co,” the winged S for Shiebler, “Sterling,” and “4758” (we’re not sure what that means). It is 3” x 2”, with a slight curve to it, and weighs 42.2g/1.49oz. Decorated with a floral motif, it’s classically beautiful. Geo. W. Shiebler & Co. was in business under that name from 1876 until almost 1915. The buckle came in a Tiffany fabric bag, which is probably origin...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1438052 (stock #AP7-511)
Period Pieces
$795.00
Fit for a museum, this rare and wonderful Egyptian Revival pin has a portrait painted on porcelain. It is mounted in 800 silver and surrounded by 16 coral beads on wire. There have been some repairs [not visible from the front] as is so common in jewelry repaired in the 19th century. 1 1/4" diameter. Circa 1875.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1435647 (stock #RP12204)
Period Pieces
$215.00
Here is a heavily engraved silver pin is from the estate of Helen Aman, who escaped from the Bolshevik Revolution to (eventually) settle in California. It was one of the jewels from her childhood. It consists of a bell (with a clapper – but it doesn’t chime) dangling from an angled bar. Marked 84 for 875 silver, it also has a partial city mark, which we believe is for Moscow. It measures 1-3/8” x 7/8", and is in excellent antique condition, with a nice patina. (For more of Helen’s story,...