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All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1950 item #1465964
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$295.00
A colorful orange and white bakelite dice holds a set of six chrome cocktail picks, each with a dice finial in this Art Deco set. The cocktail pick holder (“porte-piques”) was once a fixture of every French bar or café. Today, they can be used to spear cocktail olive or cherries, or to serve small hors d’oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” x 3-3/4”
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1465963
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An elegant pair of 18K yellow gold earclips by Haroldo Burle Marx set with intricately carved jelly opals in the “forma livre” (free form) style. Burle Marx was particularly known for his use of stones fashioned by carving or tumbling rather than faceting, a technique he invented in 1948. The moonstones have bluish overtones with broad flashes of pinkish-orange. The elongated shape of the stones, mirrored by the shape of the settings looks very good on the ear. The gold surfaces are worked in both the stippled and brushed textures often seen in Burle Marx jewels. Each earring is stamped with Burle Marx’ complete markings.

Burle Marx worked in Brazil, and his only international boutique was at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The Brazilian government commissioned him to make state gifts for Queen Elizabeth, Japan’s Empress Nagako, Iran’s Empress Farah Diba, Denmark’s Queen Margarethe, India’s Indira Gandhi, and many others. Among Hollywood royalty, he was a favorite of Merle Oberon and Natalie Wood.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca. 1970
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1” x 5/8”
  • Weight: 15.8 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1465962
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$3,150.00
A colorful butterfly, it’s old mine cut diamond and sapphire body sporting wings studded with rubies, rose cut diamonds and emeralds, stands atop a diamond-encrusted twig in this gorgeous late Victorian jewel. Victorian butterfly jewels usually portray the insect with its wings spread in a rather rigid fashion. This pose is far more naturalistically attractive. The stones together weigh close to 3 carats, and all have excellent color. The piece appears to have been converted from a brooch into a pendant with the addition of a hidden bail at the back. Tested and guaranteed 18K. The contemporary chain is stamped for 18K.
  • Origin: probably France, ca. 1890
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4” x 1-1/4”; chain length, 18”
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 1.20 cts; sapphire, .38 ct; ruby, .67 ct; emerald, .63 ct
  • Weight: 9.3 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1465960
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A chunky French tank bracelet worked in rose and yellow gold. The 1937 World’s Fair gave rise to a fashion for “tank jewelry,” so called for its perceived resemblance to the treads of armored tanks. This bracelet features angular ridges alternating with rounded elements that creates a woven visual effect. The angular segments are reeded, and the center reed of each is stippled for textural interest and is worked in bright yellow gold to contrast with the rose tint of the rest of the bracelet. The tongue of the clasp is marked with French 18K marks and an unidentified master goldsmith’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca 1940
  • Dimensions: 13/16” x 7-1/2”
  • Weight: 56.0 grams
  • Condition: excellent, no dings
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1930 item #1465958
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$2,450.00
A finely crafted late Art Nouveau 18K gold ring in the form of a lion’s head clasping an old European cut diamond in its jaws. The engraving is very well done and displays great detail that extends halfway around the shank. The diamond is graded as H/VS1. The interior of the shank is engraved “P.R. 10 Avril 1924.” The ring is stamped with French 18K gold marks and with an unidentified master goldsmith’s mark.
  • France, 1924
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 11/16” wide at front, tapering to 3/16” at back
  • Finger Size: 10-12
  • Weight: 13.0 grams
  • Approximate Diamond Weight: .10 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1465955
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$1,295.00
A classically elegant six-piece dress set worked in abalone mother-of-pearl, 14K yellow gold, platinum, and seed pearls. The cufflinks are double sided, with oval abalone plaques surrounded by engine-turned platinum borders. Each face is centered with a small seed pearl. The abalone has very fine luster with a nice play of green, rose, and a little orange flashes when caught in direct light. The four matching shirt studs have round faces. Each piece is stamped with Larter's hallmark. The set is sold in an old, though not original, leather-covered dress set box.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1915
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: cufflinks, 3/4" x 1/2"; studs, 1/2" diameter.
  • Weight: 15.7 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1465944
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$1,195.00
A handsome gentleman’s ring, the front in the form of a horseshoe encircling an onyx cameo carved to depict a steeplechase scene of a jockey and horse leaping over a fence. Interestingly, the carver chose not to polish the black onyx background, perhaps to lend a more masculine feel to the design. The shank is finished in a reeded pattern. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Origin: probably, France, ca. 1900
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: crown, 3/4" wide tapering to 3/16” at the back
  • Finger Size: 10
  • Weight: 6.2 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1465943
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A lovely 18K gold locket, the front cover bezel-set with rhodolite garnets. The garnets have very fine color with bright shots of violet. The gold surface is stippled. The back cover is ornately engraved in a checkerboard pattern. The interior has a hinged glass cover. The locket is deep enough that it was likely intended to contain both a portrait and a keepsake of some sort. The bail is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1870
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 3/4” x 1-1/8” (excluding the jump ring)
  • Total Gemstone Weight: 3.71 carats
  • Weight: 6.6 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1465942
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$3,400.00
An intricately designed 14K yellow gold chain comprised of a double row of reeded oval links enhanced at regular intervals with engraved acanthus leaf plaques. The chain is from the late Georgian or early Victorian period, and is completely handmade. The clasp is a large bolt, reeded to match the links. The individual links are open enough that the chain could be used to hang charms. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca 1845
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 20-1/2" long; 7/16" wide
  • Weight: 28.1 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #1465940
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$3,650.00
An elegant large-scale 18K gold hinged bangle bracelet with repousse floral decoration by Charles Armsheimer & Son. The design is so expertly worked that the hinge is nearly invisible when the bracelet is being worn. Armsheimer’s workshop was located on Maiden Lane, the heart of New York’s jewelry industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The tongue of the clasp is stamped “18K” and also has the maker’s mark for Charles Armsheimer & Son.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910
  • Condition: excellent, no dings or dents
  • Dimensions: width, 3/8”; inner circumference 6-7/8”
  • Weight: 24.1 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1465938
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A superb Ventian Etruscan pendant or charm set with citrine, smoky quartz, green and green tourmaline, aquamarine, blue topaz, hessonite garnet, and almandine garnet. These large pendants come in many different shapes, but this is the first time we've seen one in the shape of a six-pointed star (Star of David.) The gemstones are nicely colored and all the gold surfaces are enhanced with intricate ropetwist and beaded decoration. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Origin: Italy, ca 1955
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-5/16" diameter (excluding bail)
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: citrine, 3.0 cts; smoky quartz, 3.0 cts; tourmaline, 1.6 cts; aquamarine, .5 ct; garnet, .6 ct.
  • Weight: 11.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1465733
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A lovely 18K gold locket, the front cover bezel-set with Persian turquoise cabochons. The stones are nicely matched for color. The gold surface is stippled and engraved in a rayed pattern with a foliate border. The engraving on the back takes design elements from the front. The interior has a glass cover. The locket is deep enough that it was likely intended to contain both a portrait and a keepsake of some sort. The original bail, also engraved and set with a turquoise cabochon, is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1870
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 3/4” x 1-1/8” (excluding the jump ring)
  • Weight: 5.8 grams
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1464125
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$235.00
A classic figural sterling silver thimble jigger by Thomae & Co. The rim is engraved “Only A Thimble Full.” The interior retains a softly gilt surface. Several companies made variations of thimble jiggers, but those by Thomae are among the best because of their superior weight and workmanship.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1935
  • Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms
  • Dimensions: 2” tall
  • Weight: 35.6 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1464124
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$1,650.00
A vintage pair of 14K gold double-sided cufflinks, the faces set with blue sapphires by Tiffany & Co. The faces are engraved in a geometric rayed pattern for a little extra sparkle. The faces are joined by bar connectors, one of which is marked “Tiffany & Co.” Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1950
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 5/8” diameter
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: .60 carat
  • Weight: 14.1 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1970 item #1464123
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$1,950.00
A heavy pair of mid-century double-sided cufflinks, the faces woven from gold rope. The overall look is similar to the Parisian work of Georges Lenfant. The back faces are smaller for ease in putting them through the cuff. The faces are joined by figure-8 connectors stamped “14K.”
  • Origin: America, ca. 1965
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: larger faces, 1/2” x 1/2" x 1/2”; smaller faces 3/8” x 3/8” x 3/8”
  • Weight: 23.4 grams
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$495.00
A fun vintage 14K yellow gold tie bar by Richardson & Co. in the form of a baseball bat. Figural tie bars, often doubling as money clips, were popular from the 1930s to the 50s. They were often sporting themes, such as skis, golf clubs, and fishing rods, but this is the first baseball bat we’ve seen. The back is stamped “14K” and also has Richardson’s hallmark.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1940
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 2-5/8” long
  • Weight: 4.8 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1464121
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A particularly attractive Georgian example of a Halley’s Comet pin worked in 18K yellow gold, accented with black enamel, and featuring a comet head set with a bright green paste stone to represent the comet’s nucleus surrounded by old cut clear paste stones representing the bright coma. The pastes are set in an elegant buttercup setting with a fluted back. The gold setting also has engraved decorative elements representing the comet’s tail.
In 1705, Edmond Halley correctly predicted the comet’s return in 1758. When it returned in 1835 (and in 1910), jewelers were ready with fashionable pins to celebrate the comet’s passage. Most often, these pins are in lower karat gold, instead of 18K as in this example. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.
  • Origin: England, ca 1835
  • Condition: excellent, flakes on the green paste are visible only under magnification
  • Dimensions: 1-3/16” long
  • Weight: 4.4 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1464120
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$1,395.00
An unusually fine and large 14K yellow gold sunburst brooch set with 105 natural seed pearls surrounded a .33 carat old European cut diamond (graded I, VS2). The pearls have very fine color and lustre. The piece retains its original folding pendant bail and pinstem, so it can be worn as a pendant or brooch. Sun-themed jewels were meant to symbolize “life-giving force” or “divine light,” and were often set with white stones such as pearls or diamonds to suggest “purity.” Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910
  • Condition: excellent, all original
  • Dimensions: 1-9/16” diameter
  • Weight: 11.6 grams