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...
Just shy of two inches in both directions, mass 38 grams, opening for belt is 1.5 inches, some scratches as one might expect in an item that's been worn at waist level for the past sixty years but fine overall condition.
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 five inches, weight 1.77 oz. Troy the set, excellent original condition, no monogram, gilt bowls. It is a pleasure to note the hand done details (twist handle, applied wirework; see photos three and four) in what was largely a mass produced item. See this wench bringing ale, that lad with with the pig on a platter, yet another with his lute...
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".
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.
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.
marked with the F.M. monarch - lion - D pseudos commonly associated with Savannah, length 13 1/4 inches, weight 8.7 oz Troy, monogrammed "S S T" (obverse) as shown.
There is a minor, shallow scratch extending downwards from nick on rim of bowl, and a flattened out spot on reverse cartouche where someone buffed out a scratch, long ago. Both are subtle and don't "jump out" at the eye-- overall this piece presents itself extremely well. It is grand in weight and scale.