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Rare Two-Sided Lover's Eye Pendant, c. 1830
Jewelry has been a symbol of love and esteem for centuries. Fine examples from the late 18th/early 19th century are hard to find, but perhaps none is quite as scarce as the illusive “lover’s eye”. This example features a sensitively painted eye gazing softly through the clouds, framed by a double row of chestnut curls. The opposite side, features delicate hairwork surrounded by 14 sparkling foil-backed, black-dot paste stones set in rose gold. The eye is painted on wafer which has a fine hairline crack not readily visible to the eye. A pin fastener has been added at a later date. The piece measures just under one inch in width. SOLD
Pair of Paste Shoe Buckles, 18th Century
Sparkling paste stones are set in cut steel in a circular design. The top, bottom, and each side are further decorated with a trio of set stones. All stones are intact. The approximate size of each buckle is 2 inches. Price: $395 SALE PRICE: $325.
Rare Renaissance Mannerist Silver Gilt Belt
This is a marriage belt or "girdle" of silver with a fire gold gilt finish. It weighs 230 grams (8.1 ounces). The belt's origins are most likely in the German region. It was made specifically for someone's marriage-- a piece commissioned once a young woman was betrothed to her intended. The jeweler used finely carved wood molds to cast each link. This is the main part of the belt. Additionally there was a separate buckle, and some dangling chains, now lost. SOLD
Very Fine Pair of Shoe Buckles in Original Case, 18th Century
The finest pair of paste buckles we have owned to date. The frame is solid silver with applied rose gold trim decorating the inner rim. The top of each buckle is covered with fine quality paste stones. The pair of buckles comes in its original wood and cloth box. SOLD
Georgian Gilt Bracelet, late 18th/early 19th Century
A bold bracelet with an exceptionally large rectangular-shaped amethyst paste center stone surrounded by six round stones. Elaborate, deep repousse giltwork. Double belcher link chains. Small chip in amethyst stone, otherwise very good condition. This bracelet makes as much of a fashion statement today as it did the day it was made. Price: $1,200. SALE PRICE: $950.
Rare c. 1700 Stuart Crystal and Cypher Clasp with Georgian Pearl Bracelet
This type of jewelry, known as "Stuart crystal" refers to the colorless natural gemstone quartz used in its design, beginning in the Stuart era (1603-1714). It is slightly harder and more durable than paste, allowing it to take a sharper polish than paste. The "Stuart crystal" clasp on this piece features a faceted edge and is backed with ruby foil and laid with a distinct twisted gold wire cypher. Minute and delicate wrapped seed pearl strands form the bracelet. Price: $3,000. SALE PRICE: $2,300.
Rare Dated and Documented American Bead Watch Chain: Flora Smith, 1836
Flora may not have realized that the charming and delicate beaded watch chain she skillfully crafted for her uncle Malcolm D. Fraser would be a rare survivor over 175 years later. This is the only complete example I have seen outside of a museum. According to Lynne Bassett in her articleWoven Bead Chains in Early 19th-Century American Dress, bead chains were woven on a bead loom (like the one on display at Winterthur) by schoolgirls and presented as gifts to friends and relatives. This example is is 53 inches long and 3/8 inches wide and contains more than 11,400 beads. The sentiment reads: "Malcolm D. Fraser. from his niece Flora I. Smith. November 29th 1836." Note: this bead chain was documented in the September-October issue of Piecework magazine. Price: $ 950
The portrait at left shows Mrs. Pearce wearing the most fashionable jewelry of 1835, when the portrait was painted by Erastus Salisbury Field. She is wearing a similar watch chain to ours. Painting: Abby Aldrich Folk Art Collection: Colonial Williamsburg
Fichu Pin Brooch, 19th Century
A pin such as this was originally worn to secure a fichu (a woman's triangular scarf of lightweight fabric, worn over the shoulders and crossed or tied in a loose knot at the breast). This small elegant gold brooch is adorned with delicate seed pearls and garnet-colored glass. With its secure clasp on the reverse, it is extremely wearable today. Dimensions: approximately 3/4" x 3/4". Price: $165 SALE PRICE: $115.
Pair of Shoe Buckles in Original Case, 18th Century
Thirty-two handcut pear-shaped stones surround each of these rectangular buckles. The inner border is a thin piece of rose gold applied to the hand cut steel buckle. Each buckle measures 1 ¾ inches wide by 3 ¾ inches long when measured on the curve. The 18th century paper and wood case with celedon silk lining is all original. SOLD
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