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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1404476
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$1,495.00
A large heart-shaped 18K yellow and white 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 represented by a plus sign, while “moins” is represented by a minus sign set with small synthetic rubies. Alphonse Augis began designing these love medallions in 1907, and the styles have changed over the years. This example, with its white gold heart-shaped center enhanced with an engraved starburst design, is likely from the late 1970s. Medals surrounded by a gemstone border are the most difficult to find, and this is the first we’ve seen with such generously-sized diamonds alternating with the synthetic rubies of a particularly rich color. The pendant is signed “A.A.” and is fully hallmarked with the maker’s mark and the French 18K standard.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1978.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1-1/8” (excluding bail).
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Weight: 10.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .50 carat; ruby, 1.67 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1404475
Kensington House Antiques
$875.00
A large 18K gold, ruby & diamond 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 represented by a plus sign set with a small rose cut diamond, while “moins” is represented by a minus sign set with small synthetic rubies. The medal is surrounded by a lacy Gothic-style gold border. Alphonse Augis began designing these love medallions in 1907, and the styles have changed over the years.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1960.
  • Dimensions: 1-3/8” diameter.
  • Weight: 5.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .04 carat.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1403364
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$450.00
A fascinating English Art Deco sterling silver hors d'oeuvre or dessert set cast and engraved with Egyptian motifs. This set is hallmarked for 1922—the year King Tut's tomb was discovered by English archaeologists in Egypt. Everything Egyptian suddenly became a design craze. This set features ornate depictions of everything Egyptian—the Step Pyramid of Zoser, a pharaoh wearing a nemes headdress, papyrus, lotus, ibis, Horus wings, and more! The spoons with the spade-shaped bowls are gilt, suggesting they were intended for use with salty foods that would tarnish bare silver. The spoons are presented in their original fitted case. Each spoon is stamped with Birmingham date marks for 1922 and the maker's mark for Levi & Salaman.
  • Origin: England, 1922.
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, slight wear to gilding on spade-shaped spooons; case has slight spotting to lining, but otherwise superb.
  • Dimensions: oval spoons, 4-13/16"; spade spoons, 4".
  • Weight: 78.8 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1403313
Kensington House Antiques
$225.00
An unusual French Art Deco cocktail pick set featuring a stylized snail carved from beautifully-grained macassar ebony. The snail has a very unusual streamline aerodynamic appearance and colorful phenolic ornaments on the antennae. The set is completed with an ebony and bakelite "basket" holding chrome cocktail picks with multicolored phenolic heads.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent, all original.
  • Dimensions: 6" x 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1403311
Kensington House Antiques
$1,795.00
An extremely rare set of 12 sterling silver and enamel tea or coffee spoons from the "Cymric" line produced by Liberty & Co. in partnership with the Birmingham silversmith William Hair Haseler. The stems of the spoons have an incised trailing motif accented with translucent shaded enamels in blue and green. Only a few designers produced spoon designs for the Cymric line, and this style is typical of designs by Archibald Knox around 1910. Each spoon is fully stamped with Liberty’s hallmark and the city and date marks for Birmingham, 1927-8. The spoons are presented in their original silk-lined fitted case, the lid impressed with Liberty’s logo.
  • Origin: England, 1927.
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, one spoon has a slight flattening at the very tip of the bowl; box in very good condition.
  • Dimensions: 4-3/8” long.
  • Weight: 148.4 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1403309
Kensington House Antiques
$395.00
A delightful French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the form of a carved rosewood cat arching his back to hiss at a little chrome snail. A wooden rack holds six chrome cocktail picks, each topped with a snail. All are presented on a macassar ebony base. Sets such as these were used in French homes as well as on the bar counters at cafes.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent, all original, one pick has very minor plating wear visible on close inspection.
  • Dimensions: 5-7/8" x 3-1/4" x 4" high.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1403064
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$5,800.00
An an amazing and extraordinarily rare Victorian brooch depicting a bulldog jumping through a golden hoop to catch his natural pearl "ball." The dog is set "en tremblant" with a spring mechanism so the slightest movement causes the dog to move and the diamonds to glitter. The rose cut and old mine cut diamonds are of unusually good quality with bright color and very good clarity. As is typical of the period, the diamonds are set in silver with gold backing in places where it rub against clothing. The ears, collar and hoop are worked in rose gold. Pins of this era sometimes had a separate stick pin element that were intended to be a sort of safety mechanism, but in this case it becomes part of the story! The reverse is stamped with French 18K marks and with "Depose" marks indicating that the design was patented. High-quality diamond pave animal brooches from the Victorian era are quite desirable, but the trembler mechanism makes this piece an extraordinary find.

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  • Circa 1870.
  • Condition: excellent, no damage to spring mechanism, all original.
  • Dimensions: dog/hoop, 1-1/2" x 1".
  • Weight: 9.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.25-1.5 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1403055
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$2,595.00
An elegant late Victorian or early Edwardian 14K yellow gold long chain with opal double-cabochon stations at regular intervals. The stations are carefully arranged so that the opals are alternately spaced whether the necklace is worn at full-length or doubled. The clasp can also be used to suspend a pendant. The opals are good quality with even play-of-color, mostly in the blue/green range with occasional bursts of orange/red. The clasp is marked "14K."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: excellent; one opal has minor crazing to the back surface.
  • Length, 52-1/2" plus the pendant clasp as a single strand; 27" as a double strand; opals, 8mm diameter.
  • Weight: 16.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1403046
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
This vintage Italian 18K gold and ebony blackamoor charm is distinguished by particularly nice carving. She is adorned with gold hoop earrings and a gold collar that forms the base of the charm. The bottom is stamped with 18K gold hallmarks used in Florence 1938-64.
  • Origin: Italy, ca. 1950.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/16" tall (not including bail or jump ring).
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1980 item #1403045
Kensington House Antiques
$925.00
This 23-1/2" 18K yellow gold box chain is heavy enough for a large pendant or locket. Box chains are especially attractive with more contemporary designs, and unlike some other chain styles, they don't crimp or become easily tangled. In addition to the primary clasp, the chain also has a safety chain. Marked with French 18K gold hallmarks and master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France.
  • Condition: excellent; one spring ring has been replaced with a gold filled spring ring.
  • Dimensions: length: 23-1/2"; width 1.5mm.
  • Weight: 11.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1403042
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$12,500.00
Fresh from a private jewelry collection built many years ago comes this 18K yellow gold coiled snake flexible bracelet set with rubies and diamonds, presented in its original Tiffany & Co. fitted box. The snake's body is made of tightly-braided continuous lengths of gold wire. The head is engraved in a realistic pattern of scales surrounding an old European cut diamond. The eyes are set with small ruby cabochons. The creature also boasts fearsome teeth and a forked tongue. The bracelet's generous 23-1/4" length allows it to be worn tightly coiled around the wrist, stretched along the length of the forearm, or even above the elbow. Tested and guaranteed 18K.

The original box is covered in a greenish-gold velvet. Wear marks to the interior fabric shows that the bracelet is original to the box. The interior of the lid is embossed "Tiffany & Co./New York/avenue de l'Opera 36bis/Paris." This embossing dates the bracelet to a short period between the openings of the Paris location in 1878 and the London branch in 1891. This early Paris location was more of a private salon catering to American expatriates and sold pieces manufactured by Tiffany in New York and pieces made by French and other European jewelers. The bracelet is unmarked, not unusual for Tiffany items from the European stores in this era.
  • Origin: France, 1878-1891.
  • Condition: bracelet, excellent original condition; box, normal wear commensurate with age.
  • Dimensions: length, 23-1/4"; width when tightly coiled, 1-5/8".
  • Weight: 40.1 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .20 carat; ruby, .14 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1960 item #1403002
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$275.00
A pair of cufflinks and a matching tie bar in the "Autumn" variation of the "Four Seasons" design by Thorbjorn Lie-Jorgensen for David-Anderson. The suite of designs was intended to present an abstract aerial view of Scandinavian farmlands in various seasons. The "Autumn" design features interesting engraved silver covered in beautiful shades of translucent orange, gold and brown enamels. The connectors are marked "D-A Sterling/Norway 925."
  • Origin: Norway, ca 1959.
  • Condition: excellent enamel; gilding shows some tarnishing and wear (typical of David-Andersen pieces from the period).
  • Dimensions: cufflink faces, 29/32" x 19/32"; tie bar, overall length 1-9/16"
  • Weight: 17.6 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1900 item #1402843
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$1,495.00
A handsome 14K gold and amethyst dress set presented in its original fitted leather, velvet and silk case embossed "Tiffany & Co. New York Paris London." The amethyst cabochons are simply mounted in collet settings. The gold has a slightly rosy tint that beautifully accents the rich color of the amethysts. Tiffany relied on Newark makers such as Krementz, Larter and Carrington to supply many of their cufflinks. Sometimes, the pieces were re-hallmarked by Tiffany, and sometimes not. These cufflinks are not marked, but are etched with individual inventory numbers as Tiffany fequently did. They set is original to the fitted case. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1890.
  • Condition: cufflinks and studs, excellent; case, negligible wear.
  • Dimensions: cufflinks faces, 11/16" x 3/8"; studs, 5/16" diameter.
  • Weight: 12.9 grams.
  • Approximate Total Amethyst Weight: 27.49 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1402841
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$595.00
A lovely Victorian pendant/pin in a snowflake pattern. The 14K yellow mounting is set with seed pearls and sapphires around the central old mine cut diamond. The design is very elegant and delicate. The back retains the original pinstem/clasp and pendant loop. Marked 14K.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with an optional 16" 14K chain.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: one pearl deficient; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 3.2 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .18 carat; diamond, .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1402839
Kensington House Antiques
$775.00
A delightful Art Nouveau daisy pendant/pin, the petals formed from long Mississippi river pearls arranged around a textured gold disc studded with an old mine cut diamond. The pearls have very attractive lustre and the diamond has nice color and clarity (J/VS2). The back retains the original pendant hook and pinstem/clasp. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with an optional 16" 14K chain.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 4.9 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .10 carat.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1980 item #1402837
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$125.00
A boxed set of six pewter decanter labels or bottle tags for Scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, brandy and sherry by Stieff for Historic Newport. Newport, RI was one of the most important pewter-making cities of Colonial America, and these tags are made according the 18th century models.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1976.
  • Condition: tags are excellent; box shows significant wear.
  • Dimensions: tags, 2-5/8 x 1-1/4" (excluding chains).
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1402834
Kensington House Antiques
$995.00
A very nice vintage French 18K gold curb link chain. The weight is sufficient to support a rather heavy locket or pendant. Stamped with French 18K gold hallmarks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France.
  • Length: 22 3/4"; width 2.5mm.
  • Weight: 10.6 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1402829
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$4,500.00
An extraordinary late Georgian 18K gold ring set with a carnelian carved into the leering face of a satyr classically portrayed with a goatee, a snub nose and pointed ears. The carved gemstone was likely already several centuries old when it was set into this ring. The expert carving is only eclipsed by the extraordinary artistry of the goldsmith. The bold shank is entirely covered in flower and foliage appliques expertly worked in rose, green and yellow gold. The carved stone is set in a bezel with matching decoration. The shank is stamped with an unidentified master goldsmith’s mark. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Satyrs were companions of the god Dionysus/Bacchus. They had the ears, tails and other very specific parts of horses along with grotesquely comical human faces. They were noted for a great enjoyment of wine, women and general carousing.

The ring was purchased from the family descendants of the French artist Carle Vernet (1758-1836). Vernet was something of a dandy right up to his death at the age of 78, and according to family tradition, the ring belonged to him. Vernet was a leading equestrian painter at Napoleon’s court as was awarded the Legion of Honor by the Emperor for his depictions of great French victories. He was likewise favored by Louis XVIII during the Bourbon Restoration. During the Directory period, he was famed for his humorous watercolor caricatures depictions of the ridiculous fashions worn by Paris’ high society.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1810 (carnelian considerably older).
  • Finger Size: 6 1/2.
  • Dimensions: carnelian crown, 13/16” x 11/16”; shank tapers from 1/2" at the edge of the crown to 3/8” at the back.
  • Weight: 10.8 grams.