A rare figural locket fob with the majestic royal lion of England on
top of a shield. Hallmarked on the back and the inside with the
English lion stamp for sterling, an anchor for a Birmingham
workshop where it was made and the date letter K in the character
style of the year 1884 telling us the exact date when it was made. It
measures 35mm high x 19mm at its widest points.
A very rare 19th century Italian archaeological revival miniature gold
working bottle. It was created by a master goldsmith accented with
fine Etruscan twisted wire and granulation work . Ancient themes
like this were inspired by discoveries from Pompeii, Rome, Egypt
and the Etruscans. Victorian gold archaeological theme jewelry is
quite collectible and extremely rare and even rarer with no dents or
scratches. It has a chain for use as a chatelaine. A very wearable
piece that  can be easily adapted as a  pendant. The bottle by itself
measures just over 29mm from top to bottom the bulb/round of the
bottle is 17mm in diameter. The length of the whole piece
including the chain is 127mm long. (Please view the shield brooch
on this page for another example of archaeological jewelry)
A very rare English Blackamoor / Blackmoor brooch done in fine
enamel and gold. Each Moor is crowned with coral of very good
color. The center is set with a ruby or garnet. This is an excellent
19th century example. The Moors were the medieval inhabitants
of Al-Andalus (the Iberian Peninsula including present day Spain
and Portugal) as well as the Maghreb and western Africa. The
name Moors derives from the ancient tribe of the Maure and their
kingdom Mauretania. A Maure, since the 11th century, is the
symbol of an African head or anything which is black and
represents Africa. Often when it appears in jewelry and sculpture
the figure can also be referred to as a Blackamoor. This brooch
measures 40mm wide x 22 & 1/2mm at tallest center.
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Rare Blackamoor brooch
c. 1860-1880
A very interesting Victorian Blackamoor done in silver. 19th century
examples of this type are very scarce. It measures 44mm wide x
29mm at its tallest center. Please see the item right above this for
a historical reference for the origin of this motif.
An extremely rare and powerful 19th century Scottish agate and
gold cross. Antique gold Scottish jewelry is very hard to find as
silver examples are more common. What makes this unique and
extremely rare is that at the apex of the cross inside the  translucent
agate is a clear image of a flame! The artisan knew just where to
cut the stone to create this effect. After the photos were taken my
jeweler strengthened the original loop ring with extra gold for
superior security and is ready to safely wear as a pendant on a
nice gold chain. I choose not to replace the pin because this wears
as an excellent pendant though it can very easily be converted into
a brooch.  All the gold hardware and agate is in top condition. If you
collect antique crosses or if this is your first this one is a special
treasure. It measures 61mm tall without the loop x 41mm.
An Etruscan warrior shield brooch
c. 1840-1870's
15 karat gold
A rare Italian archaeological revival brooch depicting an ancient
military shield motif. It is entirely handmade out of hammered gold
and decorated in the finest Etruscan twisted wire work . It
measures 32mm in diameter.(Please see the solid gold miniature
bottle on this page for more historical info on this type of jewel)
Very rare group of French miniature brooches
c. 1760-1790 Georgian period
Hand painted French enamels set in silver
These finely executed collection of 18th century French miniature
enamel paintings have been  masterfully converted from very rare
buttons, set into silver and made into brooches in the 19th century.
Many good books on early buttons have these exact type attributed
to the Georgian period. One reference is "A collectors guide to
buttons" by Diana Epstein, Walker and Company, New York, page
33, (description and photo). They were made only for the very
wealthy and possibly  belonged  to a member of the French
palace. Imagine what  the 18th century regal clothes looked like
that had these on them. See photos for the wonderful scenes they
depict. They are very wearable and extremely collectible. From left
to right starting from the largest the measurements are as follows,
 A) is 27mm in diameter B) is 24mm in diameter C) is 22mm in
diameter D) the smallest is 17mm in diameter. The last two have
the maiden sitting at the same spot in the image excepting that
one has two rabbits at her feet.
A Rare locket / fob of the royal lion of England
c.1884 hallmark
Sterling silver
Very rare Blackamoor brooch
c. 1880-1890
14-15 karat gold
A rare Etruscan gold archaeological revival miniature bottle
15 karat gold
Very rare Scottish agate cross with flame center
c. 1860's
14-15 karat gold
Rare Victorian agate cameo brooch
c. 1880-1890
14 karat rose gold
A magnificent rare profile cameo in two layered onyx agate hand
carved by a master. Finer 19th century examples are getting
increasingly rare. The image depicts a wonderful bust of a Roman
statesman, philosopher or artist. A beautiful miniature piece of art.
It is set in 14 karat gold and has a replaced pin on the back. It
measures approximately 29mm tall x 20mm wide. Other top notch
stone cameos can be found in " Fobs and Charms" and the "Art
Nouveau jewelry" section.