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Victorian Mixed Metals Nature Motif Book Chain & Locket Necklace

A fantastic mixed metals necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this perfect pairing includes a rectangular locket that hangs from an impressive book chain. Both components of the necklace have gorgeous mixed metals details, and a nature-inspired motif. The surface of the locket displays an aesthetic movement design, which consists of birds, leafy branches, and a swan floating on still water. The lovely scene comes to life with hand etchings, raised details, and rose gold and yellow gold accents. When opened, the interior of the locket reveals two spaces to store special photographs behind glass frames. The locket hangs from a large fluted bail at the top. Forming the chain is a row of decorative sterling silver links, which meet at a large spring ring clasp in the center. Each link has a yellow gold leaf at the center, framed by a swirled border. Rose gold loop connectors provide the perfect finishing touch. A magnificent Victorian piece, this statement necklace would make an incredible addition to any antique jewelry collection!, Measurements:, Measurements: The book chain measures 18.5" long (including the clasp). Each link measures 7/8" long, 3/8" wide, and 1/16" thick. The rose gold loop connectors measure 1/4" long. The rectangular locket measures 1 1/2" tall, 1 1/8" wide, and 1/4" thick. It hangs 2 3/8" long, including the bail at the top. Condition:, Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or mixed metals details. The chain links, loop connectors, and spring ring clasp are secure and in good condition. The locket opens easily and snaps securely shut. Both glass frame coverings are intact inside, and the bail is securely attached at the top. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelryRead more

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TIFFANY & CO. Art Nouveau 14kt & Diamond Pâte-Sur-Pâte Pocket Watch

Pâte-sur-pâte, Pâte-sur-pâte is a French term meaning "paste-on-paste." Developed in 1850, this artistic technique produces an image in relief, with the application of multiple layers of white slip (white clay in liquid form). The slip is applied to an unfired, unglazed base, allowing the image to emerge from the solid colored background. Usually found in antique pottery and ceramics (such as vases and dishes), pâte-sur-pâte was sometimes used in jewelry, although more uncommonly so. paste-on-paste, This outstanding pocket watch from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era is a wonderful example of the pâte-sur–pâte technique! Made by Tiffany & Co., the pocket watch is crafted in 14kt gold, and boasts a magnificent double-sided design. Both sides of the encasement are covered in a fine pâte-sur-pâte motif, depicting incredibly intricate artistry. The solid background has a rich, deep cognac brown color and semi-translucent quality that resembles enamel. Emerging from the background is an applied image, which forms a painting in soft, wispy white details. One side depicts a nude woman, who sits below a cloudy sky, a shroud of fabric draped across her legs. The opposite side depicts a a group of galloping horses, while a nude figure stands in the background, surrounded by flourished detail. pâte-sur–pâte, Tiffany & Co. When opened, the interior reveals the watch face on one side, and the working mechanism on the other. The watch face is marked "TIFFANY & CO. NEW YORK," and rests behind a glass cover. The watch movement is also engraved "TIFFANY & CO. NEW YORK" and "No. 17046." Stamped on the inside cover is the number "17046." At the top of the watch is a winder incorporated into the handle. Both the handle and the edge of the pocket watch are lined with delicate rose cut diamonds, which add a lovely sparkle. This rare and unusual timepiece is truly a must for the antique pocket watch collector!, timepiece is truly a must for the antique pocket watch collector!, Measurement:, Measurement: The pocket watch measures 2" tall, has a 1 3/8" diameter, and is 1/2" thick. Condition:, Condition: The watch is in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold encasement or to the applied pâte-sur-pâte design. All of the rose cut diamonds are intact, and show some natural color variation. There is a patina on the surface of the gold setting, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry, and adds to its unique appearance. Watches of this era should be cleaned and oiled periodically, and at this time, the watch is in fine working order and keeping good timeRead more

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Victorian Sterling Chalcedoney & Amethyst Intaglio Fob

A, fob, is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. Many fobs incorporated carved intaglios or signets at the base, which would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note. A beautiful chalcedony fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This pendant fob features an elongated piece of chalcedony stone, which has been hand carved into a smooth urn-like shape. The milky grey-blue color of the chalcedony is lovely and very translucent, giving a soft and alluring appearance to the design. A sterling silver cap rests at the top, which is decorated with a hand etched motif and attached to a sterling ring for hanging. At the very top of the cap is an amethyst seal, which bears the intaglio image of what appears to be a running deer with antlers. When worn, the piece hangs at a slight tilt, and would look lovely paired with a fine silver chain. A unique Victorian era fob, it would make a lovely addition to any collection!, Measurements:, Measurements: The fob measures 1 3/4" long, and is 3/8" wide and thick at the base. Condition:, Condition: The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent chips or scratches to the surface of the chalcedony stone or amethyst intaglio. The sterling findings are all intact and secure. There is a natural patina on the sterling cap, which is normal for antique jewelry and adds to its depth and characterRead more

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Art Deco Sterling & Enamel Lucky 4-Leaf Clover Shamrock Locket

Four leaf clovers, are a unique type of clover variety in comparison to the commonly found three leaf species. Traditionally, they are believed to bring good luck to whomever finds them, particularly when they are found by chance. Each of the four leaves bears its own special meaning, representing faith, hope, love, and luck. Throughout the ages, the image of the four leaf clover has become a recurring motif in jewelry, dating back to as early as the Victorian era. Today, they are still collected as popular charms that serve as symbols for good luck. A wonderful, four leaf clover, locket from the Art Deco (ca1930s) era! Gracing the front of this sterling silver locket is a wonderful shamrock motif, which is inlaid with a rich green enameled surface. The locket opens to reveal two spaces to keep special photographs inside behind removable frames. The back of the locket is engraved with a set of monogrammed initials, and the inside is stamped "STERLING." At the top of the locket is a large sterling bail, perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. Whether or not you believe in the good luck that the four leaf clover symbolizes, this charming locket would make a lovely keepsake addition to any jewelry collection!, Measurements:, The locket hangs 1 1/2" long (including the bail), has a 1" diameter, and measures 3/16" thick. Condition:, The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the enameled design. The bail is intact, and the locket opens easily and fastens securely shut. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is a normal characteristic of vintage and antique jewelryRead more

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Georgian Sterling Rose Cut Diamond Pin & Necklace Set

A truly exceptional French pin and necklace set from the Georgian (ca1780) era! Made of silver and old Rose Cut diamonds, this well-preserved piece is absolutely gorgeous. Much of Georgian jewelry is inspired by the beauty of nature, and this exquisite necklace and pin are no exception. The piece resembles flowing vines and delicate leaves with flowers in bloom. The entire piece is encrusted with old Rose Cut diamonds, which vary in size. A very versatile piece, it can be worn in two equally lovely ways. When worn as a necklace, it fastens together at a push clasp in the back, and hooks onto either side of the large centerpiece in the middle. The centerpiece itself is outstanding, with twisted leaves and larger flowers in the middle, and elegant dangling elements below, all topped in sparkling diamonds. The back of the center link attaches to a gold bar pin, allowing it to be detached from the necklace and worn on its own as a pin. The clasp is stamped with the French eagle head hallmark. The piece comes in the original box, further adding to its historical appeal. A stunning and very special statement piece, it would make an impressive addition to any collection! Measurements: When worn as a necklace, the piece measures 16.5" long. When detached from the necklace, the pin hangs 2 7/8" long, measures 2" wide, and is approximately 1/4" thick. Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver, or to the diamond stones. The bar pin fastens securely, and the push clasp is secure and in good working condition. Measurements:, Condition:Read more

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Victorian 18kt Bloodstone Horsehoe & Jockey Hat Spinner Fob

A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. A spinner or swivel fob has two or more plaques which can be turned or swiveled within a moveable bracket. This allows the wearer a choice as to which face is displayed prominently! The fob would have been used to seal the wax of a letter or note. A stunning spinner fob from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of 18kt rosy yellow gold, this unusual piece portrays the shape of a 3-dimensional horseshoe which holds a movable jockey cap in the center, attached by a riveted bar. The charming hat has lovely detail including a textured surface, twisted wirework seams and a smooth bloodstone seal at the base. The hat seal moves easily and freely in between the arms of the horseshoe, creating a wonderful and interesting design and the fob hangs from a simple gold bail which is perfect for hanging from a complimentary gold chain. The side of the horseshoe is stamped "18CT". It's an incredibly beautiful spinner fob that looks fabulous when worn, and would make a very special addition to any collection! Measurement: When laying flat, the fob (including the gold horseshoe frame) measures approximately 1 5/8" tall, a little less than 1" wide, and has a depth of 3/8" at its thickest point. Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the bloodstone. The spinning swivel moves easily and smoothly. fob, spinner, spinner fob, Measurement:, Condition:Read more

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Edwardian Sterling & Lavender Guilloché Enamel Watch Fob

Guilloché, Guilloché (in English usually "Guilloche") is an engraving technique in in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloche surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel. A gorgeous Guilloché enamel watch fob necklace from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! This beautiful piece is made of sterling silver and consists of a ball-shaped watch fob that hangs from a complimentary chain. The watch fob is enameled in a lovely pale lavender color with hand-painted pink flowers that decorate the surface. Below the enamel is an intricate textured engraving that creates a wavy and eye-catching pattern. At the base of the fob is a small round watch face behind glass, and a winder is attached to the side of the fob, though the watch no longer appears to keep time. The watch face is is white with black numbers and is signed "C. Bucherer." The chain is comprised of ellipse-shaped lavender enamel links that alternate with sections of delicate silver chain, and a spring ring clasp fastens the necklace in the back. A wonderful example of fine Guilloché craftsmanship, this wonderful and feminine watch fob necklace would look lovely worn everyday! Measurements: The fob hangs 1 1/8" long (including the bail) and has a 7/8" diameter. The round watch face has a 1/2" diameter. The entire length of the necklace measures 26.5" long. Condition: The overall condition of the watch fob and chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or Guilloché enamel work. The spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition. The watch no longer appears to keep time, though the winder is still intact. Measurements:, Condition:Read more

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Late Victorian Sterling & Enamel "M.O.V.P.E.R." Freemasonry Fob

Freemasonry, is a fraternal society that historically ranked the qualifications of masons dating back to the Medieval ages. Each body of members is referred to as a "lodge" that conducts regular meetings and business. Freemasonry describes itself as "a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols." Traditional manual tools such as squares, compasses, trowels, and levels are common symbols that represent stonemasons are common motifs in their historic relics. Although Freemasonry is often associated with early groups such as the Knights Templar, the organization is still very much intact in the modern day. However, antique and ancient Masonic heirlooms are rare finds and have now become very collectible!, This fob from the late Victorian era (ca1900) is a wonderful example of symbolic, jewelry! Crafted in sterling silver, the fob is specifically associated with a particular appendant body in freemasonry known as "The Grotto" or "M.O.V.P.E.R." (an acronym for "Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm." It initially began as an informal group for socialization among members of the Hamilton Lodge, founded in 1889. The group was first called the "FDC" (Fairchild Deviltry Committee), but changed its name the following year. The official emblem is a black fez with a red tassel and a Mokanna head at the center. This artistic fob incorporates the emblem in enameled repousse detail, which is Viking-like in appearance and quite striking! The acronym "M.O.V.P.E.R." appears at the bottom, and at the base is a smooth seal. Members of The Grotto often used fobs such as these as key tags or key fobs, which were generally engraved with an address for the purpose of returning lost or missing keys to their rightful owner. A silver ring is attached to the top of the piece, making it simple to hang from a favorite chain if desired. A very unique piece with fascinating symbolism, this unusual antique pendant would make a special addition to any freemason collection!, M.O.V.P.E.R. Measurements:, The fob hangs 1 3/8" long (including the ring at the top) and measures 1 1/4" wide and 1/2" thick at the base. Condition:, The overall condition of the fob is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or to the enameled details, which are free of any significant chips or scratches. The ring for hanging the piece is securely attached. There is a natural patina on the the surface of the piece that gives a darkened antique appearance to the silver. This is normal for antique jewelry and adds to its unique characterRead more

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Victorian 14kt Banded Agate Watch Keys Fob/Pendant

Old-fashioned and Victorian era watches were generally wound using a small key that would fit into a space at the front of the watch. Watch keys were not only designed for utility, but were often decorative pieces that doubled as pendants or fobs. They are still appreciated for their designs as wearable pieces of jewelry, though they are not generally used for their original winding purpose in the modern day. Antique watch fobs have become quite popular among collectors!, Watch keys, An unusual pair of watch key fobs, watch key, from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each of these handmade charms is carved from banded agate, and set in 14kt gold. Both watch keys are similar in size and design, and form a complimentary pair, though they are not identical. The banded agate stones are smoothly polished, and display an incredibly beautiful pattern of natural stripes, which include earthy shades of black, grey, white, and brown. The attached gold findings include the tapered barrel-shaped keys at the base, and gold swivel handles at the top. Connecting the two pendants together is a gold watch swivel clasp at the top, which can be easily unscrewed and opened to wear the pieces separately if desired. Both beautiful and unique, , these artistic watch keys would be right at home in any antique collection!, Measurement:, The entire piece hangs approximately 2" long, including the gold watch swivel clasp at the top. Each individual watch key measures approximately 1 3/8" long, and is about 1/4" wide and thick. Condition:, The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold findings or to the watch swivel clasp, which is secure and in good working condition. The carved banded agate stones are free of any significant chips or surface scratchesRead more

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