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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : French : Pre 1900 item #564328
Kensington House Antiques
$1200.00
A marvelous and very rare Victorian patchbox, the body carved from a single piece of ivory and the cut crystal lid enclosing a cameo incrustation (“sulphide”) depicting a pansy. A ribbon tied around the flower’s stem reads “a moi”. This is a clever play on words. The French word for pansy is “pensé”, which is very nearly the same word used to mean “thought”. So, when combined with the words on the ribbon, the sulphide expresses the sentiment “Thoughts of me”. This is one of the most interesting pieces we’ve seen using the sentimental Victorian language of flowers. The gilt silver fittings are stamped with Portuguese hallmarks, but the sulphide lid is most definitely French—almost certainly by Baccarat.

Origin: France and Portugal, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, a very small line in the ivory at the side, superb patina. Size: 2-1/4” diameter.

PLEASE NOTE: This item cannot be shipped outside the United States.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #564832
Kensington House Antiques
$3150.00
A magnificent 18K yellow gold necklace designed as a pair of foxtail chains punctuated with floral plaques suspending foxtail tassels, each terminating in a ball. The sections of chain between the plaques are swagged “en esclavage”—an especially elegant treatment reminiscent of French jewels of the First Empire. The central plaque is decorated with applied gold forget-me-nots, while those on the sides are left plain. This necklace is from one of the finest gold suites from the late Belle Epoque that we’ve seen. All pieces are hallmarked with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K gold and also with an unidentified maker’s mark, “LM”.

Origin: France, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: necklace, 16-1/2” long; central plaque, 2-3/16” long. Weight: 48.0 grams.

PLEASE NOTE: We are offering the matching earrings as Item #564833.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #564833
Kensington House Antiques
$1250.00
A magnificent pair of 18K yellow gold earrings designed as ornate pierced plaques overlaid with golden forget-me-nots and suspending foxtail tassels terminating in golden balls. The backs are bottom-hinged. These earrings are from one of the finest gold suites from the late Belle Epoque that we’ve seen. All pieces are hallmarked with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K gold and also with an unidentified maker’s mark, “LM”.

Origin: France, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-1/8” long. Weight: 11.0 grams.

PLEASE NOTE: We are offering the matching necklace as Item #564832).

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #564837
Kensington House Antiques
$4750.00
Gorgeous pair of signed Mikimoto 18K yellow gold, pearl and diamond earrings. Each earring features a cluster of five 6.0—6.5 mm pearls, topped with a golden bow and sprinkled with prong-set round brilliant-cut diamonds. The pearls have white body color with strong rosé overtones. The luster is bright and the surfaces are free of blemishes. The pearls are extra fine AAA—in other words, the absolute finest quality available anywhere in the world. The diamonds are of equally fine quality, rated at E color, VVS clarity. The backs have posts and omega clips. Each earring is marked with Mikimoto’s shell hallmark and “750” for 18K. The earrings are presented in their original Mikimoto hinged box, along with the original Mikimoto gift box.

The earrings are accompanied by an August 2006 written appraisal for $6,500 by Bailey, Banks & Biddle’s Mikimoto specialist appraiser.

Origin: Japan, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-3/32” x 15/16”. Weight: 16.5 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .25 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #564847
Kensington House Antiques
$1195.00
A wonderful 18K yellow gold and Essex crystal stick pin dating from the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. The head features a reverse-carved crystal decorated with a scene of a horse and rider jumping over a stone wall in a grassy field. The coloring is very finely done in pale shades. Essex crystals—especially those with sporting themes—were very popular in England and the United States. Occasionally, they were made in France, as well. French examples can often be identified by the use of a gold background under the crystal instead of the mother-of-pearl more frequently used in the US and England. The back of the gold mounting is stamped with the “tete d’aigle” hallmark for 18K gold and also with an illegible goldsmith’s mark.

Origin: France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no damage or wear to the crystal. Size: overall length, 2-15/16”; head, 11/16” diameter. Weight: 5.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566784
Kensington House Antiques
$300.00
A delightful Bennington-type yellowware cow creamer with mottled brown glaze. The cow stands on a concave oval base. This example is more nicely potted than some, with good detailing in the ribcage area and a quirky facial expression. These creamers were made in both America and England, but the style of modelling suggests this is an American example. The tail has been reglued nicely, and a professional restorer could make the repair completely invisible.

Origin: America or England, ca. 1840. Condition: mint aside from the tail. Size: 6-7/8" x 3" x 5-3/8".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566790
Kensington House Antiques
$575.00
A wonderful Staffordshire pottery cow creamer standing on a oval base. The cow is decorated with rust spots on the white background and the horns are gilt. The oval base is decorated as a grassy outcropping. Cow creamers were very popular in the early 19th century and were produced by a number of potters in Staffodshire, Wales and southern Scotland. This example is from the Staffordshire region.

Origin: England, ca. 1850. Condition: excellent, no damage. Size: 6-3/8" x 3" x 4-3/4".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566809
Kensington House Antiques
$110.00
A nice early Staffordshire pottery child's cup decorated with a transfer scenes of children playing leap frog on one side and "peg top" on the other. The black transfer is highlighted with red overglaze enamel. The cup is accented with a molded foot and a strap handle. Teh glaze has the slight bluish tint found in Staffordshire pottery of this period.

Origin: England, ca. 1850. Condition: normal crackling to glaze, a few small flakes at the rim and two tight hairlines. Size: 2-3/4" tall.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566815
Kensington House Antiques
$250.00
A nice Staffordshire inkwell or quill holder in the form of a recumbent deer. The naive painted decoration almost makes it look as if she's wearing a little black hat. The doe is posed on a white base molded as a rocky outcropping. The base is highlighted with a burnished gilt line.

Origin: England, ca. 1850. Condition: excellent, no damage. Size: 4-3/4" x 2" x 4".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566823
Kensington House Antiques
$195.00
A lovely Staffordshire pottery inkwell and quill holder in the form of a swan. The wings are painted vivid shades of pink with black and gilt accents. The bird rests on a colorful "confetti" nest. The hole in the swan's back served as the inkwell, while the two holes in the front were to hold quills. This swan is a particularly colorful example.

Origin: England, ca. 1840. Condition: excellent, no damage. Size: 3" x 2" x 3-1/4".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #566824
Kensington House Antiques
$575.00
A very nice pair of Staffordshire spaniels highlighted with gilt decoration. Each dog wears a collar with a padlock and a chain. The muzzles are decorated with pink and black overglaze enamel, and the eyes are set with glass eyes. Both have the whimsical "Joan Crawford" eyebrows. Spaniels with glass eyes, although a bit later than some of the other Staffordshire figures, are difficult to find.

Origin: England, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, no damage, one dog has a slightly open seam on top of the ear that is original to the making. Size: 8-1/2" x 3-1/4" x 9" tall.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #569415
Kensington House Antiques
$210.00
A terrific folding paper knife, the body covered in the colorful “Caledonia” tartan. The blade is carved from bone and has a locking mechanism just as any other pocket knife would have. These are sometimes called fruit knives, but I’m reasonably certain they were intended for use as paper knives or letter openers. Tartanware became popular after Queen Victoria caused a rage for all things Scottish through her love of Scotland.

Origin: Scotland, ca. 1860. Condition: excellent, light wear to the varnish on one side, no missing paper. Size: closed, 3-21/32” long; open, 7-3/8” long.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #569416
Kensington House Antiques
$125.00
A nice Griffin, Smith & Hill majolica pitcher in the "Wild Rose" pattern. The bulbous sides are decorated with yellow wild rose blossoms and green foliage against a stippled ivory background. The base has a medium-blue basketweave pattern and the lip is finished in a reeded pattern in the same shade. The pitcher has an applied twig handle and a butterfly forms the pouring spout. The interior is pink.

Origin: America, ca. 1875. Condition: very good, no cracks, a few very small nicks on the upper rim (1/32" to 3/16"). Size: 4-1/2" tall.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1970 item #578453
Kensington House Antiques
$125.00
An elegant pair of domed sterling silver candlesticks by Towle. The modernist design employs a stylized foliate pattern that radiates out from the candle sockets. The low, domed profile provides a very modern feel. The bottoms are stamped with Towle’s hallmark and the pattern number 430.

Origin: America, ca. 1960. Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms. Size: 3-15/16” diameter; 1-13/32” tall. Weight: 138.5 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #578485
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
A very rare and elegant Victorian sterling silver pie knife in Gorham’s 1894 “Imperial Chrysanthemum” pattern. The handle is decorated with an ornate design of chrysanthemum blossoms and foliage that extends down onto the blade and shoulders of the blade. The back of the handle is decorated with a complementary design. Pie knives or pie servers are difficult to find in the better patterns. The back is marked with Gorham’s older hallmark and also has the patent date, indicating that the piece was made during the period.

Origin: America, ca. 1895. Condition: excellent, sharp detail, no monogram. Size: 9-1/8” long.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Coin : Pre 1900 item #578487
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
Superb American coin silver soup ladle, the bright-cut flared handle narrowing to a twist handle that leads to the deeply scalloped bowl. Twist handle pieces are especially desirable, particularly when combined with other outstanding decorative elements. The back is stamped with the mark for Farrington & Hunnewell, silversmiths who worked in Boston beginning in 1835.

Origin: America, ca. 1850. Condition: excellent, no monogram or monogram removal. Size: 11” long. Weight: 150.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Pre 1900 item #578782
Kensington House Antiques
$185.00
A very nice Victorian lacquered papier-mache folding corner shelf decorated with Chinese court scenes depicting a pair of noble ladies relaxing amidst their finery. The design is worked in gold and silver metallic inks and is accented with iron red and flesh-tone colors. Lacquered papier-mache with Chinese motifs were popular in both England and France, and the style of this example suggests and English origin. Ca. 1840. Condition: excellent, bright colors, all original. Size: 5” on each side; extends 5-1/2” from back corner.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1980 item #578811
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
A handsome pair of cufflinks, worked in 19K yellow gold and featuring oval carved bloodstones enhanced with gold bead centers. The bloodstone has a nice deep green color with minute flecks of red. The gold setting behind the bloodstone is formed as a decorative floral design. The torpedo backs are connected by chains. The backs are stamped with Portuguese hallmarks for 19.2K gold.

Origin: Portugal, ca. 1985. Condition: mint. Size: 9/16” x 7/16”. Weight: 6.0 grams.