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All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1402068
Kensington House Antiques
$295.00
A French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the unusual form of a large snail accompanied by a pair of baby snails. The snail is usually alone or perhaps with just one smaller one. They are worked in chrome and are set on a mahogany base. The design is by the famed French Art Deco illustrator Benjamin Rabier, who had a side gig designing entertaining barware. The twelve picks have red bakelite finials. 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; all original.
  • Dimensions: 6-7/8” x 3-1/8” x 4-1/4”.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1401871
Kensington House Antiques
$475.00
A nice Georgian locket in the form of a Maltese cross with a central rock crystal locket compartment. The arms of the cross are made from faceted carnelian plaques mounted in gold around the central compartment. The compartment was intended to hold the woven hair or perhaps a miniature portrait of a loved one. The Cross of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John was created in 1126 based on designs from the Crusades. The eight points of the arms represented truth, faith, repentance, humility, justice, mercy, sincerity and endurance. During the latter Georgian era, romantic notions of history caused the Maltese cross to become a very popular fashion accessory. Tested and guaranteed 12K.
  • Origin: England, ca. 1800.
  • Condition: excellent; no damage to gold mountings or carnelian; the cross retains its original fluted gold bail; a small (1/32”) flake to one corner of a rock crystal cover.
  • Dimensions: 1-7/16” x 1-7/16” (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 9.0 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1960 item #1401727
Kensington House Antiques
$2,595.00
A classic pair of Mid-Century “around the cuff” mesh cufflinks set with square cut sapphires and round diamonds. This classic style securely holds the cuff and is heavy enough to know you’re wearing them. At the same time, the flexible mesh makes them very comfortable. The gemstones have excellent color and clarity. The overall look is clean and streamlined. Each cufflink is fully hallmarked by Gubelin and bears a serial number.
  • Origin: Switzerland, ca. 1950.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 3/8” (10mm) wide.
  • Weight: 22.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; sapphire, 1.45 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1401725
Kensington House Antiques
$1,295.00
A handsome pair of Art Deco 14K yellow gold double-sided cufflinks, each face enhanced with “quilted” engraving studded with round brilliant cut diamonds and sapphires. Cufflinks in this design are often marked “Tiffany & Co.” They were made by one of the Newark jewelers such as Larter for retail at Tiffany’s New York store. They always have generous weight and use high-quality gemstones. Sometimes, as in this case, they are marked only “14K”.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1940.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: faces, 1/2" x 1/2”.
  • Weight: 11.6 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .18 carat; sapphire, .80 carat.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1401724
Kensington House Antiques
$595.00
A classic 19th century French silver tastevin of traditional form and the bottom inset with a silver coin from the reign of Louis XV. The sides of the tastevin are decorated with the traditional raised “perles,” recessed “cupules,” and elongated “godrons” for assessing the depth of color and concentration of a wine. The coin, dating to 1732, depicts the profile of the king surrounded by the Latin inscription “Louis XV, by grace of God, king of France and Navarre.” The taster is completed with an especially fine double-snake handle. While double snakes are the traditional handle form for Burundian tastevins, the pretzel-like shape and the realistic appearance of the entwined snakes is a most unusual treatment. The handle is stamped with French silver hallmarks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Condition: very good; a small ding to one side of the bowl; typical wear to the front of the coin; reverse side of the coin has sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 2-13/16” x 3-5/8” x 3/4".
  • Weight: 56.4 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401398
Kensington House Antiques
$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
Kensington House Antiques
$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
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: 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
    Kensington House Antiques
    $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.