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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #691523
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Fabulous and iconic vintage Mexican silver feather or leaf form clamper by Alfredo Villasana. Early 1940s, pre eagle mark. Marked with the conjoined AV for Villasana, TAXCO, HECHO EN MEXICO, and STERLING 925. Substantial at 78 grams/2.7 ounces. A stunning collectible piece.

Great size -- 3 1/4 inches wide at center front and 6 1/2 inches inside circumference. Excellent condition. There is oxidation on the hinge on the inside only; this does not show when the piece is worn. Photos enlarged to ...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Modernism : Pre 1960 item #691485
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Vintage sterling articulated necklace with a detachable matching pendant with cabochon cut genuine amethyst stones. Circa 1955. A studio piece, not marked or signed but tests positive for sterling silver. With a hook clasp. The color of the stones is a bit warmer than the photos depict. Very versatile and wearable and an excellent length.

The necklace is 17 inches long clasped by 1/2 inch wide. The length can be adjusted by hooking anywhere along the necklace links. The pendant is 3 1/2 i...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #691471
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Outstanding vintage Los Ballesteros Mexican bracelet in solid sterling silver. Marked with the Los Ballesteros mark, also marked HECHO EN MEXICO, STERLING 925, and with design number 39. An early piece, circa 1940. With slide clasp and safety chain. Very substantial at 87 grams/3.1 ounces. Very flexible and drapes beautifully because of its weight. A stunning and super wearable collectible piece.

1 1/8 inches wide by 1/8 inch thick and 7 inches long clasped. Excellent condition. Photos e...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #691379
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Outstanding vintage signed Los Castillo heavy sterling bracelet with a repousse foliate motif. 1940s, pre-eagle mark. Marked LOS CASTILLO TAXCO, STERLING MADE IN MEXICO, and with design number 116. Very substantial at 94 grams/3.3 ounces. With a hook closure and safety chain.

Great size -- 1 3/4 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches long. Excellent condition. Photos enlarged to show detail.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #691073
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A stunning, very big and weighty vintage Mexican silver cuff by Margot Van Voorhies Carr, or Margot de Taxco. 1940s or 1950s. Marked MARGOT DE TAXCO, STERLING MADE IN MEXICO, with eagle #16, and design number 5291. With her signature swan motif in a very stylized form. Very substantial at 75 grams/2.6 ounces. A fabulous piece from the estate of a serious Baltimore collector.

Great size -- 2 inches wide by 7 inches inside circumference, including the gap, which is 1 inch. Overall excelle...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Designer : Pre 1970 item #691057
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Beautiful dimensional vintage pendant with a pale chartreuse adamite crystal stone, on a goldtone neckring. Circa 1960. The pendant is made of metal with a crackled gold finish, and is signed with a signature which I am not able to identify. A very distinctive modernist piece which is totally on trend. Crystal, agate, and geode stones in natural forms are being featured in many current jewelry collections this year.

The pendant is 2 1/2 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 inch deep. ...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Designer : Pre 1970 item #691051
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Fabulous vintage beaded necklace in turquoise and jewel tone beads, circa 1965. Marked CADORO on an attached metal hang tag at the spring ring clasp. With seamless Lucite beads in two shades of turquoise, goldtone metal spacers and findings, and amazing huge poured glass beads in glowing jewel tones, including red, green, peach, cobalt, and amber. The glass beads are probably by the French maker Gripoix. The colors are more intense than the photos depict. A stunning statement necklace. Big el...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Designer : Pre 1970 item #680378
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An amazing and rare saphiret glass demi parure consisting of a necklace and matching clip back earrings. Marked KRAMER OF NY. Circa 1960. An outstanding find from a Philadelphia estate. Saphiret glass is a unique color changing art glass which was originally developed by the Victorians and was used off and on throughout the 20th century. It is currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity and collectibility.

The earrings are marked KRAMER OF NY. All stones are prong set. The metal is goldto...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Arts and Crafts : Pre 1920 item #662526
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Beautiful and rare early signed Carl Schon Baltimore silver and mother of pearl ring. With a huge bezel set mother of pearl piece with a three dimensional crab and frog facing each other, with asymmetrical dimensional shell motifs on each side of the shank.

Carl Schon, not well known outside of Baltimore, was a jeweler and decorative arts metalware maker, working in an Arts & Crafts and transitional/Art Deco style, from the late 1890s until his death in 1923. Later Carl Schon pieces were made...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1980 item #657100
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A beautiful heavy bib necklace in matte goldtone, with outstanding very dimensional drops in modern geometric shapes. 1970s. Very dramatic and bold.

Wearable length is 19 inches. The longest drop is 4 1/2 inches long. Excellent condition. Photos enlarged to show detail.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Jewelry : Pre 1990 item #653938
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A fabulous collar necklace in clear Lucite with a textured goldtone center element/clasp in the form of a stylized snake with very large inset hematite stones. Circa 1985. The front clasp is magnetic and the back is hinged. The Lucite elements are solid, of course, and brilliantly clear. This piece is probably French; I have seen similar unsigned pieces identified as French. Perfectly of the moment; clear Lucite accessories are a very significant current fashion trend and many designers are...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1980 item #653232
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Very cute vintage layered plastic pin in white and navy blue in the form of a sailboat, with red painted detail. This is a French piece; several similar figural sailor pins are pictured in the 2003 edition of "Plastic Jewelry" by Lilian Baker, with updates by Ginger Moro and Karima Parry. This piece is 1960s or 1970s. From a Baltimore estate. I also have the matching sailor pin, from the same estate, listed.

Nice size -- 2 5/8 inches long by 3 inches wide. Excellent condition. There is what...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1980 item #653231
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Charming vintage layered plastic figural brooch in white and dark pink with painted detail, in the form of a sailor. This is a French piece; several are pictured in the 2003 edition of "Plastic Jewelry" by Lilian Baker, with updates by Ginger Moro and Karima Parry. This piece is 1960s or 1970s. From a Baltimore estate.

Nice size -- 3 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide. Excellent condition. Photos enlarged to show detail.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1950 item #637422
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Outstanding vintage Art Deco/Retro Moderne horse form figural brooch in ebonized carved wood with inlaid silver detail. Circa 1945. Unsigned, most likely by Elzac Inc., which produced jewelry from materials such as ceramic, Lucite, fur, feathers, cloth, and wood during World War II when other materials were in short supply.

With an embedded pin back and with silver decoration, including beads around the collar and along the mane, and thin wires above and below the beads around the collar....