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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1469858
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$2,995.00
A large pair of 18K yellow gold Sputnik earrings by H Stern. The domes are bezel-set with round amethysts, citrines, aquamarines, peridots, green tourmalines, pink tourmalines and garnets. The Sputnik design was created in the 1950’s to highlight the range of colored gemstones available from Stern’s Brazilian mines. It later came to be called “Sputnik” for its resemblance to the spiky Soviet satellite launched in 1957. Each piece has a unique appearance depending on the specific colors of the stones and their arrangement.These earrings have particularly intense jewel tones, particularly greens and purples. The earrings are marked with Stern's hallmark and also "750" for 18K gold. The clips are original, but posts could be added without affecting the original clips.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1955
  • Condition: excellent
  • 15/16" diameter
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 11.02 carats
  • Weight: 9.3 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1970 item #1470850
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A vintage sterling silver vermouth dispenser in the form of a syringe by Gorham. These were called “Martini Spikes” when sold by Gorham in the 1960s. The functioning plunger allows vermouth to be drawn up into the syringe and then dispensed in precisely-calibrated medical dosages into your favorite cocktail. The syringe originally cost $10. The syringe is accompanied by an illustrated instruction card and the original fitted box.
  • Origin: America, 1967-70
  • Condition: excellent, no monograms or dings, slight wear to outer surface of the box.
  • Dimensions: 6-1/4” long
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1470857
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$355.00
A vintage sterling silver figural jigger by Gorham, the sides marked off with enameled stoplights in green, yellow and red, meant to signify “go,” “caution,” and “stop.” Each light corresponds to the 1, 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 ounce markings on the jigger’s bottom. The bottom is hallmarked by Gorham.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1950
  • Condition: excellent, except the ounce markings on the bottom ar worn and faint
  • Dimensions: 2-7/16” tall
  • Weight: 55.5 grams
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1970 item #1470968
Kensington House Antiques
$335.00
A vintage sterling silver vermouth dispenser in the form of a syringe by Gorham. These were called “Martini Spikes” when sold by Gorham in the 1960s. The functioning plunger allows vermouth to be drawn up into the syringe and then dispensed in precisely-calibrated medical dosages into your favorite cocktail. The syringe originally cost $10. The syringe is accompanied by an illustrated instruction card and the original fitted box.
  • Origin: America, 1967-70
  • Condition: excellent, no monograms or dings,two wear spots to the top outer surface of the box.
  • Dimensions: 6-1/4” long
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472134
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$225.00
A nice late Victorian silver watch chain with striped niello decoration on alternating links. The chain is finished at one end with a dog clip and at the other with a bamboo-shaped t-bar. The chain is stamped with the Swiss mark for 875 silver used 1882-1934.
  • Origin: Switzerland, ca 1900
  • Condition: excellent, niello intact
  • Length: 17-1/2”
  • Weight: 21.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472135
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$225.00
Swiss Silver Niello & Gilt Silver Watch Chain An excellent late Victorian silver watch chain with striped niello decoration on the double bar links, alternating with silver gilt curb links. The chain is finished at one end with a dog clip and at the other with a large niello bolt. The chain is stamped with the Swiss mark for 800 silver used 1882-1934.
  • Origin: Switzerland, ca 1900
  • Condition: excellent, niello intact
  • Length: 16-1/4”
  • Weight: 15.2 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1950 item #1472136
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$3,995.00
An outstanding 18K gold pendant set with an amazing enameled alpine scene by Carlo Poluzzi (1899-1978), the greatest Swiss enamellist of the the 20th century. Poluzzi sometimes used the very difficult technique of applying translucent enamel over an engraved gold plate to produce brilliant sunrise or set effects as seen in the left side of the sky in this example. This required multiple coats of different colored enamels which increased the likelihood of unwanted cracks during the multiple firings. Poluzzi was perhaps the only enamellist capable of this technique in the 20th century, and indeed, the scene is signed at the lower left. Of course, this example is also signed at the lower left. In the 1920s, Poluzzi (still in his low 20s) became the master of Emaux de Genève, the provider of the highest quality enameled dials and cases for luxury horlogers such as Vacheron & Constantin, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Gubelin. This plaque is set as a pendant by the Gubelin. The Holbein-style setting features square cut rubies and emeralds amid swirling gold foliage. The gemstones are of very fine quality with intense, saturated coloring and excellent clarity. The reverse is stamped with Gubelin’s hallmark and the Swiss gold mark for 18K.
  • Origin: Switzerland, ca. 1945
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage
  • Dimensions: 1-5/8” x 1-7/16”
  • Weight: 26.6 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .8 carat; emerald, .47 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1960 item #1472137
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$1,675.00
A wonderful vintage 14K yellow gold charm featuring a gem-set heart and key. The symbols are an acrostic puzzle for "Key to my heart." The heart is bordered with rubies and centered with seed pearls. The head of the key is set with a ruby, a sapphire, and an emerald. The background is enhanced with a satin finish and the disc's edges have a rope border. The back is marked for 14K gold.
  • IrugubL America, ca 1955
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-5/8" diameter
  • Weight: 16.8 grams
  • Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .75 ct; sapphire, .05 ct; emerald, .05 ct.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1960 item #1472460
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$1,095.00
A nice pair of vintage 18K yellow gold cufflinks in the flip-up stirrup style popularized by Cartier in the late 1940s. The circular ends are enhanced with engraved decoration. One end of each cufflink folds for ease in putting them through a cuffhole. The ends of the connectors are set with cabochon rubies. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.
  • Origin: probably American, ca. 1950
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: faces, 5/8" diameter
  • Weight: 13.2 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .6 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472507
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$2,995.00
A very fine and moving 18K gold and enamel locket in loving memory of Francis Mary, Viscountess Forbes who died on Christmas Day, 1877. She married the Viscount Forbes, 26 years her senior when she was just 21 years old. She was predeceased by her husband, and though she never became a Countess, their son inherited the title Earl of Granard. The locket was likely made for her granddaughter-in-law, Beatrice Mills Forbes, an American heiress who was Viscountess Forbes at the time of Francis Mary’s death. Lady Forbes led a rather fascinating life, as Queen Victoria’s confidante and one of her longest-serving Women of the Bedchamber (1837-1874). Even in her later years, she remained an Extra Woman and was called to Court for special occasions.

The front of the locket is beautifully worked with a black enameled cypher surmounted by an Earl’s coronet against a bloomed gold finish. The back is similarly decorated with an engraved cypher and coronet. The interior features an area for a portrait on one side, and a glass compartment enclosing a twisted lock of Francis Mary’s hair on the other. The frame surrounding the hair is engraved “Francis Mary Viscountess Forbes/Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth/b. 21st Oct. 1811/d. Christmas day 1877.”
  • Origin: England, 1877
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, dings, etc.
  • Dimensions: 1-3/8” x 1-5/8” (2-1/4” with bail)
  • Weight: 26.2 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472508
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$1,895.00
A lovely late Victorian 18K gold locket enhanced with ornate pierced arabesques and pearl-studded laurel wreaths. The pearls have particularly nice color and luster. The cover opens to reveal a glass-enclosed compartment for a portrait or other keepsake. A small piece of cloth soaked in perfume could have been added behind the pierced cover to provide a bit of relief from the smelly Parisian streets of the 1800s. The original bail is also set with seed pearls. Stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880
  • Condition: excellent; a small ding on the back cover (more visible from the inside of the locket than the outside
  • Dimensions: 1-1/16” x 2” (2-3/8” including the bail)
  • Weight: 15.2 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472510
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$2,895.00
A very fine 19th century French 18K gold locket, the cover in a very three-dimensional design of overlapping geometric shaped enhanced with calibre-cut Persian turquoise, seed pearls and rose cut diamonds. The turquoise are all original, and a few are have taken on the darker greenish cast often found in Victorian-era turquoise. Additional scrollwork, beading and engraving completes the design. The original bail is set with pearls. The back cover opens to reveal a glass-enclosed compartment. The locket is stamped with French 18K marks and an unidentified goldsmith’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1850
  • Condition: excellent, a few small dings to the back cover
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4” x 1-15/16” (2-5/16” including bail)
  • Weight: 20.6 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .05 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1472511
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$795.00
A nice Art Nouveau 14K yellow gold signet ring that appears never to have been engraved. The shoulders are enhanced with scrolling foliage leading up to the oval face. It’s very unusual to find a signet ring that was never engraved. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900
  • Condition: excellent, very light wear to decorative elements at the shoulders
  • Dimensions: face, 5/8” x 1/2"
  • Finger Size: 8-1/2
  • Weight: 9.3 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1472512
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$1,650.00
A classic Victorian 14K yellow gold fob seal, the surfaces ornately decorated in a repousse pattern of flowers and foliage. Fobs in this design are more typically English than American. It is very generously sized to make an impression when being worn. The citrine plaque is engraved with the monogram “WKV”, so we’ll just assume that was for William K Vanderbilt (LOL!) The ring is marked “14K.”
  • Origin: America, ca. 1840
  • Dimensions: 1” x 7/8” x 1-1/2” (excluding ring)
  • Weight: 19.5 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1910 item #1472513
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$1,195.00
A superb pair of 14K yellow gold bean-back cufflinks by Carter, Gough & Co., the faces decorated with a representation of Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.” The jeweler took a few liberties with Botticelli’s design by having the goddess walking atop roiling waves rather than standing in a scallop shell, and fully baring her breasts instead of modestly covering them with her own flowing hair. The bean backs are designed with a swirling pattern that mimics the waves of the front faces. The connectors are stamped with Carter, Gough’s 14K hallmark.
  • Origin: America, ca 1900
  • Dimensions: faces, 13/16” x 1/2"
  • Weight: 6.7 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1940 item #1472514
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$3,250.00
A very fine pair of 14K gold cufflinks set with rubies by Carrington for Tiffany & Co. The square faces feature rounded gold ridges typical of “tank” jewelry from around 1935, flanked by rows of square cut rubies. The rubies are unheated and have inclusions typical of stones from the Mogok region of Burma. The rubies are beautifully matched and have strong red coloring with slight purplish overtones. The faces are joined by bar connectors. Each face is stamped with Carrington’s 14K gold mark, and each of the connectors is stamped Tiffany & Co. Much of Tiffany’s better-quality jewelry was manufactured by the great Newark jewelers such as Carrington. Sometimes, pieces are marked only by Tiffany, and other times they are marked by Tiffany and the manufacturer.
  • Origin: America, ca 1935
  • Condition: excellent, all original
  • Dimensions: faces, 1/2” x 1/2"
  • Weight: 17.2 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 2.32 carats