At the risk of damaging our much vaunted "brand" here at BCAS, let's set aside the pricey designer goods and feature something by nobody, or at very best the 18th silversmith to be registered in Taxco, circa 1979, a great year, I remember it well....
Length 16 3/4 inches, of exceptional weight (2.63 Troy ounces) and quality, in excellent condition with firmly functioning clasp, this is equivalent of anything you'll find by Margot or other well known Mexican designers at a fraction of the ...
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.
A handsome (and now famous!) example of medallion jewelry, this pin features four different portraits. Length, 2 1/4 inches; excellent condition. Why is it famous? Please see Suzanne Marshall's fine new book "200 Years of American Manufactured Jewelry & Accessories", p. 45
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.
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.
comprising six cast links each with five applied half-round beads and wirework decoration, 7 5/8 inches excluding clasp, excellent condition, reasonably priced.
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.
length 2 5/8; height 7/8 inches, excellent condition, no monogram. An especially fine example by this maker, whose jewelry tends to be a bit underrated (and undervalued) in the market at large.
unmarked but similar in style and execution to many items we've owned by Vansant of Philadelphia, diameter 1 3/8 inches, weight 8.8 grams, excellent condition with original Victorian clasp.
and a mighty handsome one, at that. With bad news swirling all around, what better way to brighten up the day than to buy yourself a little gift, preferably a silver one? Diameter 1 1/2 inches, excellent condition, clasp has been replaced with modern safety (please see third photo), unmarked.
probably a crest and we suspect Missouri-related given the maker. Great quality and weight; the condition is unassailable when viewed from the front but from the reverse (see second photo) it is obvious that there have been some different findings attached in years past... 2 5/8 by 2 1/8 inches, no monogram, marked "Mermod & Jaccard / Solid Silver".
"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."
width and height both about 2 inches, excellent condition, no monogram. A perfect gift for your royalty-obsessed friend...
OK, let's get back to our ever-shrinking "gifts under one hundred dollars" category. This bracelet measures 6 3/4 inches long, and though reasonably priced it's well made-- each link is cast rather than stamped, which gives a pleasant heft (mass 27.2 grams). The condition is excellent, and you may view the maker's mark in photo number four.
Let's be optimistic and start off with the bull, which measures one inch long by 5/8 high, excluding pedestal. He is fully three dimensional and sports a pair of small (approximately 6 points each) but fully cut diamonds as befits such an enthusiastic fellow. The base is hand engraved with two stock symbols and prices: V 13 1/4, C 64, which no doubt had fond associations for the original owner...
"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.
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).
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...