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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1456087
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,200.00
At a time when much of the populace was illiterate, medieval signet rings had a very practical function. They were were used as seals for official purposes such as officiating a covenant or contract, communication of a religious pledge, love tokens, or merely to display a monogram. The images are carved intaglio, as opposed to raised; the introduction of sealing wax in the middle ages made intaglio work more common. The intaglio on this ring shows a pair of (likely) female figures holding, u...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Platinum : Pre 1930 item #1456010
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,500.00
This classic Deco sapphire French cut eternity band, crafted of platinum and rubies, features 26-30 rubies. There is a hallmark inside that reads 10% iridium platinum. The addition of iridium, a hard and rare metal with an extremely high melting point is a good thing, simply means the platinum has an even harder-wearing durability. The band measures a US/Can. 7 and is NOT size-able.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1800 item #1453736
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,000.00
Original eighteenth century Chelsea Seal in the form of a grotesque figure of a black masked man with 3 cornered ("tri-corn") hat. The tri-cornered hat was a popular hat worn in the 18th century by both aristocracy and commoners, as it was designed to better reveal one's highly fashionable wig. Our male figure is in black breeches, standing on a white base with the motto "Tou jour gay" ("always happy"). "Tou Jour gay" was used often as a motto as were many of the mottos seen on Chelsea Seals (...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453435
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$875.00
Classical Victorian hallmarked bangle bracelet with three rows of tiny fleurons and X shaped patterns running horizontally across the bangle with reeding in between. Our bracelet is hallmarked 1883 Birmingham and is in pristine condition. It is approximately 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch wide, and measures a fairly ample 7 3/4 inch in diameter, suitable for most any size wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453431
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,100.00
Wonderful antique silver cuff with rose gold flowers and arches and yellow leaves with etched tendrils in between. Silver jewelry was made to appeal to the "everyman" in society and after the Silver Jubilee in the later part of the 1800's silver jewelry pieces like our cuff bracelet was made in abundance, but no two pieces were alike and each had its own unique design. This antique cuff bracelet is 7 ½ inches in circumference and is 1 inches wide. It fits a small to medium sized wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1930 item #1453021
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
An unusual gold toothpick enclosed in a fancy chic case for you to attach to a chain and have at the ready anytime you need one. This interesting deco piece is the unusual pendant you need to have with the rest of your "necessaries" about the neck. It will display nicely with your gold pencil and other attachments. C1930. The chain is not included.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1900 item #1453019
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$9,100.00
This is a silky smooth gorgeous original French watch chain. Silky smooth about the neck, it has a wonderful texture as only 18K gold has. There is a French eagle's head on the clasp showing its French provenance.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452951
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,350.00
The longest watch chain we have ever come across, this authentic Sterling Victorian slinky watch chain has an unusual link. Victorian watch chains were worn by women, as well as men, to hang a watch, which would snap into the end of a long chain and tuck into a pocket or a belt at the waist. (This is why original watch chains were always very long. Shorter watch chains are part of a larger chain that has been cut down to make 2 or 3 necklaces). At 78 inches in length, our chain can be looped ove...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452950
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$900.00
This is a long silver watch chain with alternating lengths of longer and shorter fetter links. For the better part of the nineteenth century, chains were fashioned laboriously using hand-working skills. A fetter link refers to a longer link which was used to reduce the number of links needed to fabricate a chain, thereby cutting down on the labor. The longer links are polished smooth while the shorter links have an interesting texture. If you appreciate chains that are fully fabricated by ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452949
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,800.00
This is an original nineteenth century sterling watch chain with a round interlocking link. Close-up photos reveal the interlocking nature of the links. A great deal of ingenuity went into making chains, and there is nothing like an original long Victorian watch chain that retains its original length. Watch chains of the nineteenth century served the function of allowing the watch to be retrieved from the pocket without losing grasp of the watch itself. If you favor chains that are fu...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452948
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,950.00
his is an original nineteenth century sterling watch chain with a substantial square shaped link called a Venetian or box link. Closeup photos reveal the interesting interlocking pattern of the links. A great deal of ingenuity went into making chains, and there is nothing like an original long Victorian watch chain that has never been chopped up into shorter chains, but retains its original length. If you favor chains that are fabricated by hand, this chain is a real find. The links are full...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452947
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,275.00
Our C1780 muff chain has an unusual link in the shape of bows. These hand forged bow links continue all around the chain. Georgian muff chains were worn by women who would attach a muff to the chain to conveniently keep their hands warm and the chain was designed to allow the muff to fall at just the right place. This is why original muff chains were always long (shorter chains were generally part of a larger muff chain that has been cut down to make 2 or 3 necklaces). Our chain has a round s...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1452908
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,100.00
Sale Pending
This wonderful Georgian ouroboros snake ring, or Greek for snake swallowing its tail (literally; "tail devourer"), is a size 7.5 and features hand cut diamond eyes and the goldsmith's charming incised cuts along the band, which suggests the snake's scaled texture. The continuous line of the orobouros circle represents the continuous nature of the universe, and eternal love. We hope you find this ouroboros snake ring as charming as we do. Perfect for stacking with other gold bands.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1452906
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$4,350.00
Dramatic 18K gold marquis shaped ring in royal blue and white enameling surrounded by pearls and centered with a pearl pansy. This distinctly English style of enameling on jewelry was invented in 1775 and became popular with royalty and is often seen on jewelry displaying royal crowns.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452903
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,850.00
Advances in the field of astronomy in the 18th century inspiring science, and art and naturally were reflected in the jewelry fashions over time. Bague au firmament, or rings of the heavens, were designed to emulate the night sky with its heavenly stars. This blue guilloche enamel ring is studded with an old mine cut diamond set into an engraved star which is further picked out with careful painting. Firmament rings originated in France but soon spread to Europe after the later part of the 18t...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452899
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$900.00
Fun and unusual earrings of Whitby jet with a jet ball hanging below carved Whitby jet florets. Whitby Jet is fossilized coal mined in Whitby, England in the 19th century and made into jet jewelry, used at the time for to create jewelry. It was truly a cottage industry, with men extracting the jet from the mines and turning the precious material over to woodworkers, who hand turned and carved the jet into smooth forms. The jewelry would then go to the women to polish, finish, and assemble the p...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452898
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,900.00
C.1860 Dendritic Agate Ring- Dendritic Agate is from the chalcedony family of stones and is translucent to opaque in color, depending on whether it is open in the back or closed. The perfectly shaped and highly polished dendritic agate on our 15K gold backed ring is opaque, owing to the closed back construction, with vibrant veins that perfectly resemble trees.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452894
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,800.00
This ring is 17x 11.4mm and sits about 3.6 mm off the finger. It is 5/8 long and almost ½ inch wide. The size is 6.25 US. Weight: 3.0 Grams