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CUT STEEL PINWHEEL BROOCH: This glittering Cut Steel Brooch (1850-60) is a magnificent example of this Georgian and Victorian art form. Cut steel jewelry is set with minute steel studs which have been faceted and polished to a high sheen. Each small cut steel bead is individually riveted onto a metal backing plate. The tiny riveted pieces are densely set in pavé fashion. In candlelight it can pass for true diamonds. The top portion is a 3-dimensional pin wheel with 3 large dangles and 2 small ones. It has its original C clasp pin back.

Condition: Excellent
Size: Total length 3 5/8”. Diameter of pinwheel 1 7/8”, depth 1/2”. Dangles 1 1/2” long.



MRS. FITZHERBERT (Antique Georgian Portrait Miniature Pendant): This is the prize of my Portrait Miniature Collection. Mary Ann (Maria) Fitzherbert (1756-1837) was the morganic wife (unequal social rank) of King George IV of England. The twice widowed 27 yo met George, Prince of Wales, in 1784 when he was 22. They were married in 1785 but it was never made public because she was a Catholic. They separated in 1795 but rejoined in 1796 until 1803. She then retired to Brighton and lived quietly until her death in 1837. George IV, king from 1820 to 1830, was buried with a portrait miniature of Maria as per his will. I was only able to afford to purchase this portrait miniature (c. 1800) because it lacks provenance, however I purchased it from a prominent portrait miniature dealer who vouched for it and the likeness to the portrait of a younger Maria (blue background) painted by Richard Cosway around 1789 and one from the Twickenham Museum in London is obvious. (see photos) I am posting it for considerably less than my purchase price. It is in a simple gold setting however the reverse is made of valuable antique Cobalt Blue Glass over foil. I'm sure it was made to hang on a wall or to be carried in a king's inner pocket but, of course, I added a bale and wore it as a pendant.

Condition: Excellent. Chain not included.
Size: 3 1/8” diameter, 1/4” deep.





PEACOCK EYE RING (Antique Arts and Crafts Peacock Eye Ring): As of the end of this year all the Peacock Eye jewelry made during the Arts and Crafts Period (1880-1920) is truly antique. The Arts and Crafts Movement rebelled against the excesses of Victorian ornamentation. In jewelry this meant the intrinsic value of of the materials was secondary to design and workmanship – preferring hand crafted stones such as Peacock Eyes to precious stones such as diamonds. And silver was preferred over gold. These stones are made of glass containing glowing green foil in the periphery and shimmering blue foil in the center. The large central Cabochon Peacock Eye is surrounded by 6 seed pearls and 2 small faceted emeralds (probably blue glass) – all set in the gilded silver ring.

Condition: Excellent. Gilding worn from back of ring and ring band. Not visible when worn.
Size: Face 1” in diameter, 1/2” deep. Peacock Eye stone 3/4” in diameter. Ring band 3/16” wide. Ring size 6 ¼.





GOLD BOUQUET LOCKET (Antique Victorian Gold Locket / Pendant): This Gold Locket decorated with a Bouquet of 3 Golden Flowers (c. 1890-1900) is breathtakingly beautiful. Each of the 3 blossoms is a different color – rose gold on the left, light yellow gold on the right and a darker yellow gold above. The 2 leaves peaking out at the upper left are a very feint yellow gold. The basket is rose gold with a silver band (probably white gold) around the middle and around the top. The basket and the bouquet are both 3 dimensional. They are strikingly set on black enamel. The decoratively engraved frame on the front, along with the back and the bale are all rose gold with the bale marked “14CT”. The locket is empty. It closes firmly should you wish to put anything in it. This Gold Bouquet makes a glorious pendant.

Condition: Excellent. Chain not included.
Size: Total length 1 3/4”. Locket 1 3/8” long, 1 1/2” wide, 1/2” deep.





PEACOCK EYE EARRINGS ( Vintage Freirich Peacock Eye Clip Earrings ): These gorgeous Peacock Eye Earrings have the appearance of the Art Nouveau Era Jewelry (1890-1910) which moved from the academic art of the 19th Century to the curved lines of plants and flowers. However they are signed “Freirich”, a company under the name Maison David in France, which was not moved to the US under the Freirich name until the 1920's. The gleaming Peacock Eye Cabochon Stones are made of glass and shimmering blue and green foil – imitating the appearance of the Eyes on Peacock Tail Feathers. They are mounted in beautifully curved low carat gold settings with clips on which I have put new pads. Though not a perfect match with the above Peacock Eye Necklace (VJ290), they go very nicely with it. Add glamour to glamour!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1” high, 1 1/8” wide, 1/4” deep.





SAINT PETER'S SQUARE: This splendid brooch (c. 1860-70) bears a lovely 3-dimensional Micro-Mosaic portrait of St. Peter's Square in Rome. I always gaze in amazement at these diminutive works of art. Made of tiny glass pieces, the minuscule shards of glass blend together to form a complex and subtle scene of great artistry. It is set in reddish-brown Goldstone (a type of glass) – our photos do not come near capturing its glittering beauty. The goldstone in turn sits in a decorative gold setting. It has a C clasp closure.

Condition: Excellent. Not a single shard is missing.
Size: 2” wide, 1 3/4” high, 3/8” deep.



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