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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1405375
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$2,750.00
A classically elegant pair of 18K yellow gold and blue sapphire cufflinks in a highly-functional “wrap-around” style. The cufflinks comprise a doubled length of Russian braid chain that passes through the cuff hole and attaches on the other side to the solid clasp. The chains are comfortable to wear, flexing easily, but staying firmly closed from the tension of the cuff fabric. The clasps are set at either end with a rich blue sapphire cabochon. Each cufflink is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks, the master goldsmith’s mark and a serial number, and is signed “Boucheron.”
  • Origin: France, ca. 1950.
  • Dimensions: clasp length 15/16”; chain diameter, 3mm.
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: 1.68 carats.
  • Weight: 14.6 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1405374
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$195.00
A striking pair of David-Andersen sterling silver double-sided cufflinks, the faces decorated with guilloche enamel in a translucent deep red shade. The underlying engine-turned engraving is in a sunburst pattern. The hinged connectors are marked with appropriate sterling silver hallmarks and the maker’s mark used from 1925.
  • Origin: Norway, ca. 1930.
  • Face Dimensions: 31/32” x 15/16”.
  • Weight: 11.6 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; tiny age-appropriate surface wear visible under 10x magnification.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1940 item #1405371
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$125.00
An elegant French Art Deco silverplate jigger in the form of a champagne bucket. The form is completed by a pair of spherical handles typical of champagne coolers of the era. The bottom is stamped with an illegible maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Dimensions: 1-7/8” diameter; 2” high.
  • Condition: excellent; no dings; a 2mm area of plating wear to the interior near the bottom.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1960 item #1405370
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$135.00
A carved horn cocktail pick set in the form of a flying bird that looks rather like an albatross. The bird has inset glass eyes. The natural coloring of the horn is used to good effect in the bird’s wing and tail feathers. The set is completed with a holder containing ten cocktail picks with horn finials. Cocktail pick holders (“porte-piques”) were once a fixture on the bar of every café in France and were sometimes used in the home as well. Horn sets were popular in the 1950s. Usually made in the Auvergne, the sets were a by-product of the region’s renowned cattle industry. Because the picks have tines, they can be used to spear cherries or olives for cocktails or to serve small hors d’oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1950.
  • Dimensions: 7-3/4” x 3-5/8” x 4” high.
  • Condition: excellent; minor flaking at the bottom edge consistent with age and use.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1405327
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$1,195.00
A handsome pair of Edwardian cufflinks worked in 18K yellow gold. The round faces are set with concave mother-of-pearl plaques, each centering a bezel-set pink sapphire cabochon. The color contrast is quite attractive. The connectors are removable for ease in putting on the cufflinks. The cufflinks have nice weight and are comfortable to wear. Each is marked “18K” and also bears French import marks.
  • Origin: possibly England or America, ca. 1910.
  • Dimensions: faces, 9/16” diameter.
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: 1.12 carat.
  • Weight: 8.7 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; no dings or chips.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1405324
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$795.00
A very finely-made Victorian memorial ring worked in 18K yellow gold and plaited hair. The ring is designed as belt, ornately decorated with open navette- and trefoil-shaped reserves, each showing the loved one’s hair. The gold surfaces are nicely engraved, and the whole is finished off with an ornate buckle centered with a escutcheon engraved with the initials “MW”. In Victorian symbology, the belt represented not only eternal love, but also strength and protection. A ring such as this, tightly surrounding the finger, would be an ever-present reminder. Buckle rings, even those with hair panels, were not always for mourning, but rather sentimental pieces. Since the band is not engraved with a name or death date in the interior, it’s quite likely that this ring was intended as a romantic symbol. The interior of the band is stamped with 18K gold marks for Chester in the year 1883. Rings of this type are much more common in lower purity gold such as 9K or 12K.
  • Origin: Chester, England, 1883.
  • Dimensions: band, 8/32” wide; buckle, 10/32” wide.
  • Finger Size: 9-1/2.
  • Weight: 3.1 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; hair is perfect.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1910 item #1405322
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$795.00
An elegant pair of18K yellow gold Art Nouveau cufflinks set with rose-cut and single-cut diamonds. The cufflinks have a classic design of whiplash curves typical of French jewelry, but the overall appearance is more akin to Russian cufflinks of the era. Indeed, the cufflinks are stamped with French import marks. The diamonds have good color and brilliance against the bloomed texture of the gold setting. The torpedo backs are connected by wired bridges.
  • Origin: Continental Europe, possibly Russia, ca. 1895.
  • Dimensions: faces, 3/4” x 13/32”.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .72 carat
  • Weight: 6.5 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1900 item #1404658
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$160.00
An elegant antique jewelry case covered in rich lipstick-red red velvet finished with satin trim and passementerie trim. The interior is covered in matching tufted silk. The interior of the lid is gilt-stamped “Horlogerie Bijouterie Brilloit Blaye [France].” The box was probably originally meant for a small pocket watch or a medallion. Records indicate the shop was located at 2, cours de La Fontaine as of 1889.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1889.
  • Condition: excellent; bright color; only the most minimal of wear at the corners.
  • Dimensions: 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” x 1-3/8”.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1404657
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$895.00
A delightful Georgian harlequin ring featuring a marquise cut citrine surrounded by a border of alternating green and red stones—emeralds, rubies and paste. The mixing of natural and paste stones was not uncommon for the period. The citrine is foiled to impart a reddish-orange body color from certain angles. The stones are set in a closed-back setting. The shank is simply enhanced with a fleur-de-lis on each side where it joins the crown. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold, and bearing a later French import mark for 18K.
  • Origin: probably England, ca. 1810.
  • Dimensions: crown, 3/4" x 7/16”.
  • Finger Size: 8 1/4.
  • Condition: very good; the central stone has a 1-1.5mm flake on one point only visible upon close examination with magnification.
  • Weight: 3.8 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1930 item #1405419
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A delightful and very rare French Art Deco silverplate cocktail shaker with enamel recipe decoration by Deschamps Frères of Paris. The enameled decoration depicts a pair of scrolled documents with seals presenting recipes for “Torelli” and “Winter Palace” cocktails. Both are rather unusual variations on a classic martini. Adolphe Torelli was the barman at the famous Winter Palace Hotel in Nice. His book, “900 Recette de Cocktails et Boissons Américaines: Guide du Barman et du Gourmet Chic” (“900 Recipes for American Cocktails and Drinks: A Guide for the Bartender at the Stylish Gourmet”) was published in 1927. It was among the first important bartender’s books from the cocktail era. This shaker was likely produced just after the publication. Deschamps Frères opened in 1920 and was known at the time for its interesting enameled silverplate barware, but the items are quite rare today and the enamel is often in poor condition. The bottom is stamped with Deschamps’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1927.
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4” tall.
  • Condition: good; no dings; some yellow enamel loss; isolated pitting, light dulling and superficial scuffs to some areas of the plating.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1405377
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A superb late 19th century first standard (950/1000 pure) silver berry spoon with a shell-form gilt bowl. These spoons were originally intended for serving strawberries. The front of the handle is decorated with a twisting wreath of holly leaves and berries, and the back with a similar wreath of thistles. The bowl is beautifully worked in the shape of a scallop shell. Improvements in agriculture and railways made strawberries widely available to the wealthy classes in the 1870s. Special implements such as this were needed to compete the experience. Today, it could be used for any sort of desert or even hors d’oeuvres. The spoon is stamped with French silver marks and with an illegible maker’s mark. The quality of workmanship is easily on par with the great makers such as Odiot and Puiforcat.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Dimensions: 8-3/4” long.
  • Condition: mint; gilding completely intact.
  • Weight: 99.5 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1405376
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A wonderful Victorian 14K gold fancy watch chain featuring large links that we’d now call “Gucci links” in rose gold, alternating with smaller connector links in a slightly more yellow shade. Each of the large links is pierced with a star motif and the edges are enhanced with a fluted and ribbed pattern. The smaller links are chased in a floral pattern. The chain is finished with a ring and t-bar closure. The chain has a very substantial, “chunky” appearance, but is of moderate weight and comfortable for regular wear. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1880.
  • Dimensions: large link width, 13/32”; overall length, 18”.
  • Weight: 38.4 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1930 item #1405328
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A striking pair of double-sided cufflinks worked in 18K yellow gold. Each hexagonal face is decorated with a blue and white champlevé enamel pattern that highlights its “quilted” texture. Each face is centered with a triangular sapphire cabochon bezel-set in platinum. The sapphires have bright color that beautifully accents the enamel. The faces are connected by chains. Each cufflink is marked “18Ct” and has another unidentified mark. They are well-traveled, also bearing old London import marks and French import marks.
  • Origin: Continental Europe, ca. 1920.
  • Dimensions: faces, 9/16” x 9/16”.
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: 1.24 carats.
  • Weight: 6.4 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; no enamel damage.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1405323
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A dainty Victorian pendant or bracelet charm designed as a spray of flowers against a woven background. The flowers are worked in rose and green gold, while the background is in yellow gold. A pendant of this size could easily be worn on a charm bracelet but would look even lovelier on a simple gold chain. Tested and guaranteed 12K gold.
  • Origin: England, ca. 1850.
  • Dimensions: 11/16” corner-to-corner.
  • Weight: 2.1 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1405320
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A nice 18K gold Venetian Etruscan fob charm set with oval brilliant cut citrines. The stones have intense orangey-yellow color and the gold surfaces are heavily decorated with applied wire-work and rosettes. Marked “750” for 18K gold.
  • Origin: Italy, ca. 1955.
  • Dimensions: 13/16” x 1-1/4” (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 10.9 grams.
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 9.76 carats.
  • Condition: excellent; no dings; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1405306
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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 : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1405195
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An elegant pair of Victorian 18K yellow gold tassel earrings, the tops enhanced with bands of black taille d'epargne enamel and small natural pearls. The foxtail chains terminate in small balls. The earrings have a lot of movement when being worn. Each is stamped with French 18K gold marks and with an illegible master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; new 18K wires.
  • Dimensions: 1-5/8" long from tops of wires.
  • Weight: 9.3 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1405155
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A lovely 18K yellow and white gold and ruby heart-shaped 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 designed in a softly rounded font introduced in 1975. The 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. It is also signed "Augis."
  • Origin: France, 1969.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail
  • Dimensions: 5/8” x 11/16" (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 1.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .02 carat; diamond, .005 carat.