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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401398
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$1,895.00
A beautiful Second Empire 18K yellow gold locket, the front decorated with an enamel portrait of a society lady in a brightly-colored formal dress. Her ornate hairdo is studded with an ostrich plume, blue forget-me-nots, lace and small rose-cut diamonds. Interestingly, she wears a locket in the portrait, as well as a gold bracelet and a shoulder brooch. The portrait is enclosed in a frame of opaque black enamel that accents the punch-work decoration around the image. The original bail is similarly decorated. The interior retains the original frames, glass covers and French blue silk linings. The back is simply engraved with a shield reserve (never monogrammed). Stamped with French hallmarks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: no enamel damage; three dings on the reverse.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4' x 2-1/8" (including bail).
  • Weight: 20.3 grams.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1401383
Kensington House Antiques
$850.00
A superb Rococo-style first standard (950/1000 pure silver) tastevin by the master silversmith Marc Parrod. This large example retains the round shape of a traditional tastevin but replaces the usual bowl decoration with ornate bunches of grapes tied with ribbon bows and a remarkable handle treatment illustrating a young couple stomping grapes while holding hands. Parrod created excellent classic Burgundian tastevins, but his fantasy pieces stand apart from all the other Dijon masters. The tastevin is stamped with Parrod's master's mark as well as 1st standard silver marks from the Beaune assay office. That office closed in 1914, so we know that this example is from the earlier part of Parrod's career.
  • Origin: Dijon, France, ca 1903-14.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; one tiny ding on the top edge of the bowl.
  • Dimensions: 3-3/4" x 4-15/16" x 1-5/8".
  • Weight: 122.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401318
Kensington House Antiques
$3,850.00
This exquisite French Victorian pendant/brooch features a fine onyx cameo depicting a fairy-winged woodland nymph, her translucent gown pulled aside to expose her breasts, dancing and tossing boughs of flowers. The cameo is surrounded by an ornate shield-shaped border of rose-cut diamonds and a single natural pearl set in silver over 18K gold. The diamonds are of very good quality with excellent brilliance and clarity. The bale can be detached for wear as a brooch, or the pinstem and clasp can be removed for wear as a pendant. There was once also a removable drop element—probably a pear-shaped pearl at the bottom. The jewel is stamped with French gold and silver marks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.

Nymphs protected the natural environment in the specific areas where they lived such as rivers, woodlands, lakes, mountains and meadows. They often hung around with fun-loving full-fledged immortals such as Dionysos and Artemis. The beauty and allure of Greek nymphs was such that they could seduce Gods and mortals at will, often becoming mothers to great heroes such as Achilles. They were said to cause "nympholepsy" that incapacitated men with passionate frenzies, especially around noontime.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; pearl drop element lacking.
  • Dimensions: 1-9/16" x 1-15/16" (2-9/16" with bail).
  • Weight: 23.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 2.03 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1400651
Kensington House Antiques
$450.00
A pretty late Victorian 10K gold locket, the front decorated with a colorful champleve and painted enamel image of a thistle blossom. In Victorian flower language, the thistle represented the sentiment "meddling is unwelcome." One can imagine a rebellious young woman using it to hide the image of a suitor of whom her parents don't quite approve! And of course, the thistle is the emblem of Scotland. The cover opens by pressing on the bail, a mechanism we've never seen before. The interior is stamped 10Ct.
  • Origin: probably England, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: 13/16" (20 mm) diameter.
  • Condition: a small area of missing enamel at the tip of one leaf and a tiny flake at the corner of the thistle blossom (neither are immediately noticeable); a few dimples on the back.
  • Weight: 4.1 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #1400649
Kensington House Antiques
$350.00
A wonderful French Art Deco cocktail pick set featuring a Scottie dog (Scottish terrier) carved from Indonesian Macassar ebony. The severely linear carving of the dog is nicely accented by the natural markings of the wood. The dog has inlaid white eyes. The set is completed with eleven cocktail picks topped with colorful orbs. This set could certainly be used for olives or cherries in a cocktail, but could also be used as food picks for hors d'oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; no cracking to wood; one blue pick missing.
  • Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 3-1/8" x 3-1/2" tall.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1400644
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A handsome pair of 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring collet-set rectangular garnet plaques in a deep wine red shade. The faces are connected by chains to classic baton backs. The cufflinks are stamped with French 18K gold marks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1940.
  • Dimensions: faces, 9/16" x 11/16" (14x18mm).
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Weight: 13.2 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1400642
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A classic pair of Art Deco sterling silver stirrup cufflinks, the ends set with black onyx sugarloaf cabochons. This style of cufflink was popularized by Cartier in the 1920s. The cufflinks bear Swiss import hallmarks used until 1934, and are stamped "935" indicating that they have a slightly higher pure silver content than sterling silver.
  • Origin: Continental Europe, probably France, ca. 1925.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: faces, 11/32"(15 mm) diameter.
  • Weight: 10.0 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1400625
Kensington House Antiques
$350.00
A colorful pair of doubled-sided French Art Deco enameled silver cufflinks. The rectangular faces have canted corners and are enhanced with champleve enamel in bright opaque red, green and black. The chain connectors are stamped with French silver marks and the backs of the faces have an unidentified maker's mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1920.
  • Condition: excellent; light surface scratches commensurate with age, but no chips.
  • Dimensions: 5/8" x 13/32" (16 x 10 mm).
  • Weight: 5.7 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1400291
Kensington House Antiques
$1,295.00
A fine 18K yellow gold Venetian Etruscan fob bracelet charm or pendant set with five oval amethysts and four pearls in a crown shape. The gold surfaces are enhanced with twisted wire, rosettes and beading. The amethysts have very attractive medium violet coloring with excellent clarity. The bail is stamped with Italian 18K gold hallmarks.
  • Origin: Italy, ca. 1960.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/8" x 1" x 1-1/4" (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 17.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 14.55 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1940 item #1400290
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$1,795.00
A fine 19K yellow gold folding ball locket with a capacity for four images. The exterior is decorated with a stippled checkerboard pattern with a belt on either side that holds the sphere closed. When the belts are unlatched, the locket opens accordian-style to reveal the inner frames. These lockets have become increasingly difficult to find. The locket is stamped with Portuguese hallmarks for .800 (19.2K) gold.
  • Origin: Porto, Portugal, ca. 1938.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 13/16" diameter.
  • Weight: 16.5 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1400286
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$1,895.00
This fabulous snarling tiger is glowing with lifelike translucent enamels in multiple shades of gold, orange, brown and black. The nostrils and tongue are accented with deep red enamel. Each eye is set with an old European cut diamond and the fangs grasp a third diamond. The stones are good quality, graded at I color, SI1 clarity. The pendant is deeply three-dimensional with superb detailing. The back is also stamped with Alling & Co.’s mark. Alling was manufacturer for leading retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Bailey, Banks Biddle and C.D. Peacock.

The back is ornately engraved “EBP From the Armour Boys/Sioux City, IA/June 1907.” Our research suggests that the “Armour Boys” were the owners of the meatpacking company Armour, and that “EBP” was Elizabeth Ann Brasker Plankinton, daughter of their partner in the company. One of Armour’s largest factories opened in Sioux City in 1907.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with a 16" 14K gold chain that is available for an additional $125.
  • Origin: America, 1907.
  • Condition: excellent condition.
  • Dimensions: 1 3/32” wide x 1 1/8” tall (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 11.5 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .15 carat.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1400284
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    $1,375.00
    An unusually large 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a rose cut diamond and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies. In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example maintains the “crêpe de chine” textured background, but pairs it with a border of calibre cut synthetic rubies, in turn enclosed within a bright-cut gold border. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
    • Origin: France, 1960.
    • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
    • Dimensions: 1-1/4” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring); the size of a half-dollar.
    • Weight: 9.6 grams.
    • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; ruby, 4.45 carats.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1400283
    Kensington House Antiques
    $650.00
    A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a rose cut diamond and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies. In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example maintains the “crêpe de chine” textured background, but pairs it with the simple beveled border used in the 1950s. The use of a rose cut diamond and the A-Augis signature suggest the earlier part of that period. The medium size is perfect for either a neck chain or a charm bracelet. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
    • Origin: France, 1950.
    • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
    • Dimensions: 15/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring); the size of a quarter.
    • Weight: 5.7 grams.
    • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; ruby, .08 carat.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1400282
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    $695.00
    A gorgeous enameled clover, worked in several shades of green is featured in this ring converted from a Victorian earring. The enamel has a soft velvety appearance and is accented at the center with a small pearl. The clover is set on a sturdy 14K gold split shank. Four-leaf clovers are generally associated with good luck, but in Victorian flower symbology, they also carried the sentiment, "Be mine." So whether you're in love or just feeling lucky, this ring is perfect!
    • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
    • Condition: converted; no enamel damage; excellent condition.
    • Dimensions: crown, 3/4" x 3/4".
    • Finger Size: 7.
    • Weight: 3.7 grams.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1400279
    Kensington House Antiques
    $695.00
    A lovely, colorful Art Nouveau 14K gold, seed pearl and enamel pin in the form of a violet by the Newark firm Crane & Theurer. The flower petals are enameled in cream darking gradually through lilac to deep violet along the edges. Each of the petals is finished with an arc of tiny seed pearls echoing the larger pearl set at the flower's center. The reverse is stamped with the maker's hallmark and "14K."
    • Origin: America, ca. 1910.
    • Condition: excellent.
    • Dimensions: 13/16" x 7/8".
    • Weight: 4.1 gr.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1400278
    Kensington House Antiques
    $675.00
    An elegant pair of Victorian 14K yellow gold earrings set with Mediterranean coral. The engraved mountings are set with coral bars and an applied vine motif. The drops can be removed from the surmounts for a more restrained appearance for daytime wear. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
    • Origin: America, ca 1860.
    • Condition: excellent; all original.
    • Dimensions: 1-5/8" from top of wire.
    • Weight: 5.5 grams.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1398412
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    $2,695.00
    A stunning Art Nouveau 18K gold brooch featuring an enameled and engraved portrait of Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, horses and olives. Her beautifully engraved helmet is adorned with a small rose cut diamond. Her armor and the embroidery along the edges of her gown are also engraved. The quality of the painted enamel facial details and the background champleve enamel in royal blue is gorgeous. The edges of the medallion are enhanced with natural pearls. The back retains the original pinstem and c-clasp, both stamped with French 18K marks. A folding bail could easily be added to the piece can be worn as a pendant.
    • Origin: France, ca 1890.
    • Condition: excellent; all original; no enamel damage.
    • Dimensions: 1-3/32" diameter.
    • Weight: 8.4 grams.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1398411
    Kensington House Antiques
    $895.00
    An elegant Art Nouveau 14K gold pendant and watch pin depicting the Greek goddess Pallas Athena. The design is worked in the medallist style more typical of French Art Nouveau jewelry, but this piece is American. The workmanship is first rate. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, horses and olives, and was the patroness of Athens. Here she is shown wearing her helmet, but it is adorned with wings instead of the usual dragon. Her identity is confirmed, however, with the sprigs of olive leaves and fruit tucked into her helmet. The edges of the pendant are set with small natural pearls. The back is stamped "14K" and retains the original folding bail, pinstem and watch hook.

    NOTE: The pendant is shown with an optional 16" 14K gold chain.
    • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
    • Condition: excellent; sharp details; all original.
    • Dimensions: 1-1/8" diameter.
    • Weight: 6.0 grams.