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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1393505
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A lovely 18K yellow and white gold, ruby and enamel 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 in white gold and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies. The remainder of the text is highlighted in black enamel.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example has the starburst textured background paired with a bright-cut border in a style from the 1970s. It is signed “A.A.” 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, 1975.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 13/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.6 grams.
  • Approximate Total Ruby Weight: .04 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1940 item #1393504
Kensington House Antiques
$245.00
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 five rose cut diamonds 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 is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the A. Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The small size is particularly nice for wear as a pendant from a delicate chain. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 9/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1940 item #1393503
Kensington House Antiques
$330.00
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, signed A.A., is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The small size is perfect for either a delicate chain or to wear as a charm on a bracelet. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 5/8” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .03 carat.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Composition : Bakelite : Pre 1950 item #1393469
Kensington House Antiques
$245.00
A French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the form of a chrome lyre with red bakelite-topped cocktail picks forming the instrument’s strings. The whole is set on a mahogany base. Sets such as this were used on bar and café counters to serve cocktail garnishes, canapés or even escargot.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 4-3/8” x 1-9/16” x 5”.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1393467
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
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: 3/4” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 3.1 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .05 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1950 item #1393466
Kensington House Antiques
$775.00
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 five rose cut diamonds 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 is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the A. Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The medium-large size is perfect for either a substantial chain or to wear as a bracelet charm. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 7/8” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 6.5 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; ruby, .07 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393400
Kensington House Antiques
$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: very, very good; some minor losses to enamel at high points (nose tip, ear tips, edges of fur) that do not detract from the overall appearance; all original.
  • 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 #1393399
Kensington House Antiques
$4,500.00
A very fine cat’s eye chrysoberyl stars in this classic man’s ring. The stone has good translucency and pronounced chatoyancy (the cat’s eye effect) that creates the very desirable “milk and honey” color contrast. The interior of the shank is stamped “10K.”
  • Origin: America, ca. 1960.
  • Dimensions: cabochon, 13.7 x 11.4 mm; 5/8” wide at crown, tapering to 1/8” at the back of the shank.
  • Finger Size: 12-1/4.
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 5.8 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393398
Kensington House Antiques
$260.00
A delightfully feisty-looking cat is featured in the French Art Nouveau brooch. We’re particularly fond of his enormously long whiskers that stretch the full width of the pin. The pin is stamped with French silver marks and with an illegible maker’s mark.

NOTE: The pin could be worn as a pendant with the addition of a bail to the back.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1905.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1” diameter.
  • Weight: 5.4 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1393396
Kensington House Antiques
$1,695.00
A very rare Victorian 15K rose gold brooch in the form of the Princes of Wales’ feathers set with Scottish jasper and bloodstone. The feathers are joined with a crown and a banner with the Prince’s motto “Ich Dien.” The gold surfaces are ornately engraved. The back bears a registry mark, dating the brooch to 1891, the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s eldest son's investiture as Prince of Wales. Due to his mother’s extraordinarily long life, he was the first prince to mark a half-century in that position. Upon his succession, he ruled as Edward VII. Scottish agate jewelry was rarely set in gold, and this is one of the finest examples we’ve seen. The back is stamped with the registry (patent) number. Tested and guaranteed 15K.
  • Origin: England, 1891.
  • Condition: excellent; no stone damage or wear to gold; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4” x 1-5/16”.
  • Weight: 6.2 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1393395
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
An outstanding American Art Nouveau pansy brooch/pendant in a large size, enameled with translucent enamels in shades of royal blue, cream, yellow and maroon. The flower is centered with a .20-carat old European cut diamond of H color, SI2 clarity. The pansy is very nicely shaped, with deeply rippling petals that beautifully enhance the enameling. The back is stamped “14K” and has an unidentified maker’s mark “DeEs”og. The piece can be worn as either a brooch or pendant.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910.
  • Condition: enamel has one small nick at the bottom left edge (less visible than in the photo) and light surface scratches; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1-3/16” x 1-3/16”.
  • Weight: 11.8 grams.
  • Approximate Diamond Weight: .20 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393394
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
This Art Nouveau medallion brooch depicts the beautiful Ophelia (spelled “Ophelie” in the French tradition), surrounded by cattails, willow branches and waterlilies, as symbols of watery grave in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Her hair is studded with small old mine cut diamonds. This design was created by the French jeweler and sculptor Emile-Séraphin Vernier (1852-1927) for the 1908 Exposition de la Parure Précieuse de la Femme in Paris. Like many other Art Nouveau medalists, Vernier licensed some of his designs to various manufacturing jewelers around the world. This example is American and is marked 14K. The brooch retains its original watch hook and pinstem/clasp.

NOTE: The brooch could easily be worn as a pendant with the addition of a folding bail to the back.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1908.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1” diameter.
  • Weight: 7.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .10 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393392
Kensington House Antiques
$895.00
A classic French Art Nouveau 18K gold brooch featuring a young woman with naught but a sprig of flowers covering her breasts set against a poppy blossom. A swallow appears over her shoulder. In Victorian symbology, swallows variously represented wishes for a safe return or “home and heart” since the they mate for life. Similarly, poppies had various meanings including imagination and pleasure. The design was created by the sculptor Armand-Pierre-Louis Quenard (1865-1925) and presented at the inaugural salon of the Société des Artistes Français in 1901. The clasp is stamped with French 18K gold marks and with an illegible maker’s mark.

NOTE: The brooch could be converted to a pendant with the addition of a folding bail to the back.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1901.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1”.
  • Weight: 5.0 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393391
Kensington House Antiques
$725.00
A lovely Art Nouveau brooch depicting a lady surrounded by birds in 14K yellow gold and diamonds. The design is beautifully worked with tremendous textural detail, and the old mine cut diamond set in the headdress adds a touch of sparkle. The designer of this brooch is most certainly of French origin and was created with the idea of licensing it to manufacturing jewelers in France, England and the U.S. When this design appears with French hallmarks, it’s hollow and worked in 18K; English versions are typically in sterling silver; and American versions are solid and worked in 14K. Krementz is known to have used this design, though this example is unmarked. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

NOTE: The brooch can easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a folding bail to the back.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; all original.
  • Dimensions: 15/16” diameter.
  • Weight: 6.6 grams.
  • Approximate Dimond Weight: .04 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1393117
Kensington House Antiques
$895.00
A fine Art Nouveau medallist brooch depicting Demeter (Ceres), goddess of the harvest, in 18K gold by Louis Rault. She is shown in profile with several of her attributes a tiara of wheat and poppies and a scythe. The wears a rose-cut diamond earring, a diamond toga clasp, and a third in her tiara. Louis Armand Rault was a lead designer for Boucheron 1868-75 and this is one of his signature designs. The brooch is stamped with French 18K gold marks and also with an illegible maker's mark. The front is also marked with Rault's monogram. The brooch could easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a folding bail.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 7.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #1393110
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
A spectacular example of Austro-Hungarian Renaissance Revival jewelry from the period 1876-1918, this necklace features a central pendant drop in the form of a leaping stag suspended by pearl-enhanced chains from a neckchain of sapphire- and ruby-set plaques. The necklace is enameled throughout in shades of opaque white and black, and translucent green, red and purple. The stag is decorated with realistic shaded brown and gold enamels. The stag is set with a sapphire- and ruby-encrusted saddle. The neckchain has alternating wing-shaped plaques set with rubies and decorated green and white enamels, and buckle-shaped plaques set with oval sapphires enhanced with red and white enamels. The backs of the pendant and chain are also enameled. Exposed areas of silver are lightly engraved.
  • Origin: Austria-Hungary (likely Vienna), ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; only the faintest of wear to enamels on the high points of the stag (visible under magnification).
  • Dimensions: necklace length, 15-1/2"; pendant, 1-1/2" wide x 2-1/2" long (including the pearl chains).
  • Weight: 29.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, 3.03 carats; ruby, 1.58 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1393093
Kensington House Antiques
$895.00
A stunning Art Nouveau medallist brooch depicting Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, and patron of the arts, in 18K gold. The goddess is depicted with several of her attributes, including a dragon-topped war helmet, a wreath of olive leaves, an owl, and a drama mask representing the arts. Her helmet is studded with a star-set ruby and a band of rose-cut diamonds and she wears a necklace of rose-cut diamonds. This design was created by Louis Armand Rault, a lead designer for Boucheron 1868-75. This is once of his most iconic designs, though it is unusual in having quite so many gemstones added. Rault apparently licensed many of his designs to various makers, though the gold examples are French more often than not. This example is fully stamped with French marks for 18K and has an illegible maker's mark. The front is also marked with Rault's monogram. The pin could easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a folding bail.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 5.0 grams.
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: ruby, .02 carat; diamond, .05 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1393089
Kensington House Antiques
$375.00
A beautifully-carved hardstone cameo depicting Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. She can be identified from the shape of the diadem she wears in her hair. The image is quite similar to American "Morgan" silver dollars from the late 19th century. The color contrast of the stone is quite remarkable. The carnelian cameo is set into an intricate gold setting in the Etruscan Revival taste. The back has both a brooch fitting and a hidden bail for wear as a pendant. The back is stamped "14K" and also has the maker's mark for Perley Bros.

NOTE: The piece is shown with a 16" 14K gold chain that is available for an additional $125.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: excellent; no cameo damage.
  • Dimensions: 1-11/16" x 1-3/16".
  • Weight: 6.8 grams. Fabulous late Victorian hardstone cameo brooch. The carnelian cameo represents "Liberty" and is very similar to the Liberty head that appeared on "Morgan" silver dollars and quarters of the period. The 14K mounting is floridly decorated with millegraining, applied beads and rosettes, and rope twist borders. The reverse retains its original pinstem and modified c-clasp. The reverse is marked 14K and is signed for the maker, Perley Bros. of New York. Origin: America, 1870s. Condition: excellent. Size: 1-11/16" x 1-1/4".