Every now and then one finds a piece which captures the Zeitgeist of the late Victorian era. This little brooch, with its highly naturalastic subject matter and "picture in a frame" motif is just such an example. Length 1 by 1 1/4 inches excluding frame ends, two well modeled and finely cast birds applied to body, excellent condition, with registry mark only (please see third photo); year 1879.
they look to be much earlier but are probably mid 20th century and hail from the fair city of Cork (see 2nd and 3rd photos for marks). Diameter of round section 1 1/4 inches, excellent condition, no monograms.
five floral links with chrysoprase centers, length 6 3/4 inches excluding clasp, weight a generous 1.24 oz Troy, excellent condition.
We'd never heard of "Taylord", but bought this thinking for sure that the name would turn up in some tome as a small production Arts & Crafts silversmith. No such luck...
circa 1925. OK, for once I'll just shut up and let you have a look! Diameter, 1 5/16 inches; excellent condition; no inscription; please see second photo for marks.
diameter 2 1/4 inches, fine condition, heavy (mass 59.6 grams).
width and height both about 2 inches, excellent condition, no monogram. A perfect gift for your royalty-obsessed friend...
model number 1012, length 2 1/2; height 1 inch, excellent original condition.
As one might expect from a company which prided itself on hand craftsmanship, similar examples of the same brooch with slightly different configurations of these five conjoined panels do exist. This model would appear to be scarce.
circa 1880, longest dimension 1 5/8 inches (point to point), excellent condition, unmarked. Not originally intended as Judaica, this would have been a good luck symbol in the Victorian era, but we think it would make a splendid Chanukah present.
"God save our gracious Queen, Long live our Noble Queen" and I'll spare you the rest. Just be grateful that we don't have MP-3 files jangling away in the background! Here, the Queen is applied in gold on a field of concentric circles to a pair of round sterling cufflinks just shy of 5/8 inches in diameter. No monogram, very good condition, maker's mark SJR, London 1952.
length 8 1/4 inches, weight 2.26 Troy ounces or 70.5 grams if you like to think that way, excellent condition, unmarked. We bought this out of a suite and the other pieces had the "PBD sterling 14k" mark, but they weren't terribly attractive...
Brams was a noted jewelry designer; also a prominent collector of folk and ethnographic art. He is now retired and living in New York.
Length seven inches, excellent condition. Heavy (3.22 oz. Troy!!), chunky and wonderfully large, the taller links are 2 1/2 inches top to bottom. Over the years, we've bought and sold many pieces by this firm, but never one quite so bold... What a splendid item to wear for an evening at theater!
comprising six cast links each with five applied half-round beads and wirework decoration, 7 5/8 inches excluding clasp, excellent condition, reasonably priced.
Heavy (2.24 oz Troy), well made and in excellent condition, you'd be hard pressed to find new sterling jewelry of this quality at any price. Diameter five+ inches, townmark for Turku, 1975, model: Sheherazade "Squeaky" Cherner.
with applied cat tail, bird and foliage. Although our picture fails to show it well, the bird and cat tail are red, the foliage gold. No doubt the next question out of your mouth will be, "Bruce, is this bi-color gold, or just copper and brass?" Alas I do not know and am not inclined to put a drop of acid on the item to find out. The finely engraved detail on each appliqué is typically done with gold...
looks rather like the work of Antonio Pineda but marked only Taxco 925 (see fourth photo), length 15 inches. Since it just barely fits the neck of Yours Truly, we'd hoped to have him as a model but when our photographer showed up he had run off to the wood shed, forcing us to use a stand-in.
"The Lodge of the Sacred Grove." Gilt sterling and enamel, 3 1/2 by 1 3/8 inches when fully extended, a minor stain on the silk ribbon but otherwise flawless condition, no monogram, marked "STERLING SILVER" and "17."
model 429B, 1 by 5/8 inches, weight 9.7 grams. It is interesting to note that one is marked with Foss' mark and the model number and the other with "Georg Jensen USA Inc" and the (same) model number, as shown in photos two and three.
but unmarked, length 4 1/2 inches comprising veined leaf with cast applied beetle enwrapping five stems and flower buds, wires have come unsoldered in a few spots at lower "bundle" but fine overall condition, original clasp (see fourth photo).