Paste is colored or clear glass, often lead or flint, cut in the same fashion as gemstones and used as a substitute. Antique paste jewelry was valued on its own merits and not as an imitation of another piece of jewelry. This Georgian 15K gold, green paste ring of very tiny emerald colored stones is circa 1780. size 6.
Condition: excellent Height: 6 inches
This beautiful Dr. Wall period Worcester soft paste porcelain compote is a large early piece with fancy birds decoration and blue border. Its probably from the Giles workshop.
Condition: excellent Height: 11 inches
Snake rings were made popular by Queen Victoria when she received an emerald studded snake from her beloved Prince Albert as an engagement ring. This 9K gold engraved snake has a lapis set in the top of its head and is size 7 1/2.
Condition: excellent Height: 7.5 inches
This is a Worcester soft paste porcelain tea bowl and saucer, in the the well known Worcester pattern "sworl" or "Queen Charlotte", named for Queen Charlotte, wife of George 111 who bought a service for royal use. Ours is marked with the "scratch B" mark of the Flight and Barr period, c 1795. Priced at $ 1200.
This marked Dr. Wall period Worcester soft paste porcelain platter has beautiful, crisp "blue scale". It would make a fine addition to an important collection.
Condition: excellent Height: 8 inches
How rare it is to find an early soft paste porcelain platter of this size, 16" X 20". This platter in excellent condition is made by the "Bow" factory circa 1765
Condition: excellent Width: 16 inches, Length: 20 inches
Georgian 18K yellow gold "fede" ring of clasped hands and plaited hair. The clasped hands are a symbol of fidelity and commitment and were often used on wedding bands. This ring is between a size 4 3/4 and 5 and measures 3/8" wide.
Delightful Bilston bonbonniere in the shape of a lion. These enamel on copper boxes were used to hold small hard sugar candies. This adorable lion measures approximately 2" in diameter and 1 1/4" high.
Fantastic 18th century black dot paste drop earrings set in silver with a bow motif. These elegant earrings are rare and desirable, wonderful to wear for evenings on the town. The earrings measure 3 1/4" long and approximately 1" at their widest.
Rare Georgian 18K muff chain with engraved links and a clasp in the form of a hand wearing an emerald ring. Muff chains like this one were measured and made order to insure that the muff hung at the right length. This one measures 46" long and can be doubled or tripled around the neck.
Antique Pinchbeck necklace with a barrel clasp set with turquoise stones. Pinchbeck, an alloy of copper and zinc, was invented in the early 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck. It has the appearance of gold and does not tarnish. These qualities were so good that goldsmiths of that day tried to prevent it from being used for jewelry. Lucky for us, they failed.
In this stunning suite, almandine garnets set in gilt metal are fashioned into a striking pair of earrings and choker with drop, which can be removed. The choker is tied on with a ribbon. Much of the jewelry of this period was set with pastes. These pieces are unusual in that gemstones were used. Though called "Queen Anne", jewelry of this type was actually made some 30 odd years after her reign.
Amazing "Queen Anne" amethyst paste necklace and earrings set in gilt metal. This style of jewelry has been historically misnamed for Queen Anne, who reigned from 1695 to 1714, as it was made in the mid 18th century. The vivid purple paste stones used are faceted as rose cuts. The earrings have back to front fittings and fit close to the earlobe. The necklace is fastened with a ribbon.
Beautiful Portuguese marquis shaped ring set with clear black dot pastes in 18K yellow gold and silver. It is an excellent example of Portuguese jewelry of the late 18th century. The ring dates to c. 1800. It is a size 7.25 and can be resized up or down.