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Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts
Antique William Kerr Art Nouveau Sterling Gilded Griffins and Rhodolite Garnet Pendant: This amazing art nouveau sterling silver pendant from renowned New Jersey silversmith William Kerr started life as a belt buckle. A rare design, this repousse' piece features extremely detailed gilded griffins. The ornate pendant is embellished with three sparkling raspberry rhodalite garnets. Both the gilding and gemstone accents are unusual for his pieces. This pendant started life as a buckle, but along the way was converted to a pendant. I have worn this to rare reviews. I don't believe the bale is sterling, but I feel this piece deserves a more ornate bale anyway. The pendant measures 2 by 1 3/4". It is signed with the hatchet mark of William Kerr, sterling, and the inventory number 368.
Vintage ARTS & CRAFTS Abalone Blister Pearl and Sterling Ring: This lovely sterling silver Arts & Crafts era ring is set with a high profile abalone blister pearl. The pearl is securely set in a bezel. The stone measures 1/2 by 3/8". The ring is a size 8 and the band is just just slightly out of round. There is a partial sterling strike on the ring back, it has also been acid tested.
Antique Art Nouveau Foliate Sash Brooch with Green Czech Glass: This antique art nouveau sash brooch or pin features a flowing foliate design of vines, leaves and flowers in silver tone metal. It is a layered design, the center holding a large oval mottled Czech glass cabochon ( often erroneously called Peking glass) is applied to the rectangular back. The brooch measures 3 by 2" and has an open C-clasp. As you can see from my pics, there is a bend in the pin stem, but it holds securely in the clasp. other than the bend in the pin stem, the brooch is in excellent condition.
Antique Art Nouveau Amethyst Glass & Lily of the Valley Sash Pin: This exquisite antique art nouveau sash pin is crafted in brass in an ornate foliate design of leaves and scrolls with a lily of the valley curling up the right side. The large faceted amethyst glass oval is securely bezel set at an angle, giving this piece a wonderful asymmetrical look. The brooch measures 3 by 2 1/4". The closure is an open C clasp. The brooch is in excellent condition, but the amethyst glass has a light scratch on one side and a small nick on the other but still shows beautifully. Not bad for a piece circa 1900!
Huge Vintage Art Nouveau Sash Brooch Lady with Hat: This gorgeous and quite huge Art Nouveau sash brooch features an ornate scrolled design on heavy brass. The applied center medallion features an elegant lady with curly hair and a huge hat with jaunty feather. The brooch measures 4 1/8 by 3 1/4" and has an open C slap. It is in wonderful condition.
Vintage Sterling Mexico Art Nouveau and Turquoise Brooch: This stunning pre-eagle mark sterling brooch has a fluid art nouveau scrolled design in a floral motif. The craftsmanship is excellent in this hand made piece. The large oval center green turquoise is securely bezel set. The flowers are accented by small round cabochons. The clasp is quite secure and the back is marked Plata, sterling. A fabulous find and wonderful addition to your collection!
Vintage Art Nouveau Style Sterling Enamel Iris Stick Pin: This alluring vintage stick pin is enameled in the art nouveau style with two purple iris. The design is quite lovely and the workmanship excellent. The metal of the enameled plaque tested as sterling silver. The back of the plaque is a solid blue and signed with initials that look to me like EJ. The enamel is in excellent condition with no damage. The plaque measures 1 5/8 by 5/8" and the stick pin is 2" long.