Jewelers have always known how to invent and create other beautiful objects than jewels, and the accessories are the reflection of this. Minaudières, cigarette cases, lipstick tubes, compacts, cigarette holders, clocks, pocket watches or pocket watches, mirrors, belt buckles… All these objects are part of the daily creation of jewelry houses throughout their existence, following the periods and fashions.

Accessories are an integral part of the toilet, the trousseau and later of the emancipation of women. Taking out one’s cigarette case at the beginning of the 20th century was an act of emancipation from codes, just like wearing pants. Accessories and objects such as minaudières gradually disappeared during this period, giving way to smaller accessories such as lipstick tubes. In the same way that fans, ball books, are objects that disappear at the end of the 19th century.

These objects make it possible to locate a period precisely when they have disappeared thereafter.


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  • gold enamel claspfermoir régional en or

    Large French regional clasp in 18-karat rose gold (750). This large Normandy clasp is made of hollow gold. It is richly decorated with colorful enamels. On one side, three partially enameled flowers blossom in the center of the clasp within a cartouche. The cartouche is surrounded by a frieze of dots and semicircles. On the other side, a flower basket composed of pansies, wheat, a rose, and a tulip is featured within a blue enameled cartouche. The presence of pansies is typical of the iconography of sentiment jewelry from the early 19th century, signifying “think of me.”

    This Normandy regional clasp is a French sentiment jewel from the early 19th century.

    Clasp Dimensions: 35 mm x 19 mm.

    Condition: Scratches from use, missing enamels, slight indentations.

    Weight: 3.30 gr


  • ruby gold diamond flaskobjet décoratif urne vase ancien

    Ruby diamond gold bottle vase with 18k yellow gold setting. This small covered pot is intricately carved from a ruby root and features a mount made of 18k yellow gold on the neck, lid, and base. The neck and base are adorned with a frieze set with 32 diamonds of varying cuts (a mix of old and brilliant cuts). This is a decorative object from the 20th century with foreign craftsmanship. It is stamped with the owl hallmark.

    Dimensions: 11 x 4.5 cm

    Estimated weight of the ruby: 1050 carats
    Total estimated diamond weight: 0.32 carats

    Note: This vase comes with a certificate issued by the Public Service for the Control of Diamonds, Fine Pearls, and Gemstones, dated September 21, 1998.

    Weight: 208.11 gr

  • poudrier cartier londrespoudrier cartier londres en or massif

    Gold Cartier compact powder case in 18 Karat Gold  (750). A small box designed as a powder compact, opening to reveal two compartments: one containing face powder accompanied by an ostrich feather applicator; the other capable of holding a small lipstick. A verre églomisé mirror allows for makeup application. The box is delicately adorned with fine stripes on the lid and base. The ends of the box are enamelled in black. The push-button is made of platinum and embellished with two baguette-cut diamonds, each weighing 0.05 carats. An antique Cartier London powder compact, circa 1930, London.

    Hallmarks include the owl, 18, crown, tiger’s head (London), J.C, letter T, and Cartier London mark above the mirror.

    Total estimated diamond weight: 0.15 carats

    Dimensions: 8 x 4.2 cm x 1.2 cm

    Condition: Minimal enamel loss and signs of wear

    Weight: 160.22 gr

  • boite portrait Adéalaïde de bourbonFrench silver portrait box

    Antique silver enamel portrait box. Circular box entirely enameled and decorated with the portrait of Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon. This portrait was created after a work by Vigée Lebrun. The base of the box is decorated with a landscape and a column supporting a vase. The reverse side of the lid is adorned with a swallow playing with a butterfly. The box is signed ED.L and monogrammed EJ? beneath the portrait. Antique box with Limoges enamel decoration, circa 1900, France.

    Hallmarks: Boar’s head (French state hallmark for silver) and maker’s mark CJ.

    Height: 3 cm Diameter: 7.5 cm

    Condition: Small chip on one edge (approximately 2mm), usage scratches.

    Weight: 86.95 gr

  • étui Art Deco en écailles et rubisétui Art Deco en or et rubis

    Art deco gold tortoiseshell cigarette case in 18 karat yellow gold (750). Elegant cigarette case made from translucent brown tortoiseshell with gold stripes. The hinge and push-button of the box are made of 18 karat gold. The push-button is set with a synthetic ruby cabochon. The perfect accessory for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Art Deco cigarette case, circa 1930, France.

    Hallmarks: Eagle’s head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and silversmith’s hallmark.

    Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 cm

    Note: In a case (not original).

    Condition: Fine scratches from use.

    Weight: 45.57 gr

  • Flower mother of pearl powder casePoudrier fleur nacre

    Abalone silver powder compact with mother-of-pearl flowers in 800 thousandths silver and vermeil. This powder box is adorned with inlaid white mother-of-pearl flowers on a background of black abalone mother of pearl. The center of the flowers is embellished with black glass cabochons. The powder box opens to reveal a compartment with a faceted mirror; the interior of the box has been cleaned and still has its ostrich feather applicator. Modern-era powder box, circa 1950, France.

    Hallmarks: Wild boar’s head (French state hallmark for silver) and SM silversmith’s hallmark.

    Condition: Fine usage scratches

    Weight: 139.84 gr

  • Art Nouveau cigarette case in silveretui cigarette art nouveau allemand

    Jugendstil Silver Cigarette Case. Antique 900 Fine Silver Cigarette Case with Flower Decoration, likely irises. The perfect accessory for gentlemen and gentlewomen. The perfect accessory for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Antique cigarette case, circa 1900, Germany.

    Hallmark 900 for 900 fine silver.

    Dimensions: 9 x 8 cm

    Condition: Fine usage scratches

    Weight: 101.27 gr

    Did you know it ? The niello is a goldsmith’s skill which consists in applying on gold, silver or copper, a black substance in inlay. This substance is called niello (from the Latin nigellus meaning “blackened”), a black metallic sulfide that includes copper, silver, lead or borax.

  • clip de revers art deco en orClip de revers perles

    Art Deco pearl clip brooch in 18-karat rose and yellow gold (750). The geometric motif takes the form of an L in rose gold, flanked by two bars in different shades of yellow gold. The clip is adorned with 6 white cultured pearls, all of the same diameter, arranged at the ends of the jewel. Dating from the transitional period between Art Deco and Retro, circa 1935/1940.

    Hallmarked with the eagle’s head (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and the jeweler’s hallmark for Laurent & Bernard (active in Paris since 1931).

    Dimensions: 24 x 20 mm
    Diameter of a pearl: 4 mm

    Note: this jewel can be worn on the lapel of a shirt collar, a jacket collar or as head jewellery.
    Condition: minor signs of wear

    Weight: 6.4 gr


  • Gold watch tank braceletGold tank bracelet

    Tank bracelet secret watch in 18-karat warm yellow gold (750). This tank bracelet conceals a watch dial under a hidden cover within one of its links. The bracelet is made of articulated gold mesh with circular geometric shapes, representing the bold volume typical of the Retro period. The circular case is concealed by a cover. The dial is signed GERALDY (17 JEWELS), with an enamel background in a nacre ivory color, and the hands and stick indices are in gold color. The movement is Swiss and is signed GERALDY SA. The bracelet is securely closed with a box clasp with a figure-eight safety. This Tank watch bracelet is French, dating from around 1945.

    Eagle head and rhinoceros hallmarks, and the mark of the silversmith (French hallmarks for 18k)

    Bracelet Length: 17.5 cm
    Bracelet Width: 14 mm
    Case Dimensions: 16 mm x 16 mm

    Note: The clasp features a safety link.
    Condition: The watch is not currently functioning and requires servicing (please request a quote); it shows signs of wear (scratches).

    Weight: 43.14 gr

    “Jewelry watch collection”

  • Boutons de manchette en or émailléBoutons de manchette en or

    Art Deco enameld cufflinks are made of 18 karat yellow gold and feature a circular design with black enamel concentric circles on a gold background, creating a target-like pattern. The edges of the gold circles are adorned with notched borders. These cufflinks date from the early 20th century.

    Hallmark : eagle’s head

    Diameter : 14 mm

    Condition : slight indentation, enamel defects

    Weight : 4,69 gr

  • silver ruby diamond boxboite ancienne argent

    Retro ruby diamond compact powder in sterling silver and vermeil. The case is in silver, decorated in the centre with a large vermeil band with a floral composition in a vase. The flowers are decorated with six ruby cabochons and eight rose-cut diamonds.

    The powder case contains a bevelled mirror. It opens in two parts. French work in the taste of Boucheron Paris, circa 1945.

    Boar hallmark, goldsmith’s mark Jacques Lucien DELETTREZ and Son (1920-1955), worked for René Boivin, traces of numbers.

    Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.1 cm

    Condition : wears, scratches

    Weight : 209 gr

  • Boutons manchette art deco onyx diamantsArt deco platinum cufflinks

    Onyx Art Deco cufflinks in 18 karat gold (750) and platinum. Cufflinks of octagonal form centered of a plate of onyx of the same form, in a pearl setting and surrounded by 28 diamonds cut in pink. Cufflinks dating from the 1930s, Art Deco period, France.

    Owl hallmark and dog head hallmark

    Dimensions of one design: 14 x 14 mm
    Dimensions of the onyx plaque: 10 x 10 mm

    Total estimated weight of diamonds : 0.30 carat

    Weight : 9.14 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*