regional interest, Beggs & Smith, Cincinnati circa 1850, engraved "Irwin", some light wear but fine overall condition, length 5 3/8 inches. Did Irwin use this to embellish his hot dog, and if so was it a Kosher dog? Alas, we may never know...
Ball Black & Company circa 1875, with satyr's head handle, stepped oval foot, finely engraved crest and body (please see third image), height 3 5/8 inches, weight 4.74 Troy ounces, some staining to interior as shown but excellent overall condition, no monogram in opposing cartouche.
height 11; bottom diameter five, length across handle to spout 9 inches, weight 47.5 Troy ounces, retailed by Theodore Starr (maker's mark effaced) and monogrammed as shown. We always hesitate to say that an item is in "perfect" condition, but I am hard pressed to find fault with this one.
Inverted pyriform, with 8 highly decorated alternating broad and narrow panels, the smaller sides with delicate rocker chasing to simulate a sand-cast appearance and provide contrast, the unbraided w...
Each link comprises a backing of pierced and hand-filed silver fused to a top portion of gold. It has a great feel "in the hand" and lies flat on the neck without kinking or fussing. The only mark appears to be "372 B" in a tiny hexagonal punch. I suspect that it is Spanish, and the B stands for Barcelona, but wouldn't stake my life on it. At any rate, we're hard pressed to think of a more attractive necklace that's ever passed through our establishment. And with the price of gold soar...
length 5 3/8 inches, excellent condition, monogrammed "MLC" (conjoined script, obverse)
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.
in rectangle. Is this Joseph Carman? John Chalmers? Joseph Carpenter? Am I failing to Inspire Confidence? Truly, as with many initial marks, the answer may never be known. Length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed "M" in period script, the bowls are a bit chewed up (see fourth photo) and there is some tip wear-- priced accordingly.
A.B. Griswold & Co, New Orleans, length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed "ML" (reverse, script with flourishes). These are not in the best condition, with some dents and tip wear, but they did spend time in our great Crescent City... Please see second photo for mark.
choice ones with a nice flat lip around the bowl and in excellent overall condition, length 6 3/4 inches, monogrammed "Maria" (script, reverse, please see third photo).
length 7 inches, no monogram, some very slight wear to the high spots (please see second photo) but excellent overall condition and a rather tough item to find, these days.
Virginia circa 1810, length 5 3/4 inches, monogrammed "T" (??) in period script with flourishes, weight 2.51 oz. Troy the lot, light wear and some minor dents in bowls but superb color and very good overall condition. Clarico's work would appear to be scarce.
lovingly labeled "naive" patterns (see Soeffing, p. 95); 4 7/8 inches long; fine condition; no monogram; applied warrior's head in high relief surrounded by engraving; marked only "COIN 1".
length 7 inches, three letter script monogram (obverse) as shown, total Troy weight 6.56 ounces, exceptionally fine condition.
We've bought and sold many pieces of Wave Edge over the years, perhaps not enough to sink a battleship but maybe a canoe, and these are among the best. Please see third photo for mark.
height 1 5/8 inches excluding handle, length across spout 2 inches, a few minor dents which we intend to remove quite soon, if possible; hinge in excellent condition, no monogram.
Picture yourself out on the deck, nursing a pitcher of sangria and bemoaning the state of the economy. But wait, something is missing-- an elegant spoon to keep the lemon rinds from plopping into your drink!! Think ahead, click the mouse, order one up. Don't be caught in such a sorry state...
Length 5 7/8 inches, weight 1.18 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed "B" (obverse, Old English).
One of Frank Smith's better designs, and one of Yours Truly's favorite patterns...
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
warriors and one fair handsome maiden all of whom hang from a very Shiebler-esque pin so you can get the "look" for half the price! 2 7/8 inches long, no monogram, excellent condition, please see second photo for mark.