Edwardian wedding pearl hair comb in silver (800). Large antique bun comb with eight teeth in blond tortoiseshell, decorated with a silver leaf motif, set with rhinestones imitating diamonds alternated with eight cultured pearls. Antique chignon comb, ideal as a wedding hair accessory. Circa 1900, France.
Boar’s head hallmark (french state hallmark for silver), goldsmith’s hallmark illegible.
Large enameled regional heart clasp in 18 karat gold (750). This regional clasp, in hollow gold, is rectangular in shape. It is richly decorated with colored enamel motifs: on one side, an enameled flower blossoms in the center of a coat of arms, surrounded by two blue and green pansies in a cartouche. The cartouche is surrounded by a frieze of enameled fleurons and oval shapes; on the other side, two flaming hearts resting on two intersecting horns of plenty, enameled blue and red, within a cartouche. The cartouche is surrounded by a frieze of dots on a blue background. Regional clasp from Normandy, French sentimental jewelry from the mid-19th century.
Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold), France.
Clasp dimensions: 14 x 29 mm
Condition: scratches from use, missing enamel, slight dents
French antique flat clasp in 18k rose and yellow gold (750). This regional clasp is flat and rectangular and features a lovely decoration: on one side a blue enameled pansy in the center of an oval medallion. The flower is surrounded by four stylized flowers placed at the corners on a rectangular cartouche. The cartouche is decorated with a frieze of blue dots and oval shapes; on the other side, an undecorated cartouche in a blue enameled frame, surrounded by a frieze of blue lozenges and fleurons. Regional clasp from Normandy, a piece of French sentimental jewelry from the early 19th century which can be worn as a pendant.
Natural pearl and diamond tie pin in platinum. Antique men’s tie pin featuring a pear-shaped natural pearl. The pearl is at the center of a platinum frame forming a heart set with five rose-cut diamonds. The pin is sold in its original Russell’s limited case. Early 20th century tie pin, Belle Epoque, England, Liverpool.
Mascaron hallmark (French import hallmark for platinum).
Dimensions: 7.7 cm
Design dimensions: 11 x 10 mm
Pearl dimensions: 6.7 x 7 mm
Art Nouveau silver cufflinks. Pair of oblong cufflinks decorated with sinuous wave motifs. These motifs are typical of the Art Nouveau period. The buttons are linked by a fine chain. Pair of cufflinks, men’s jewelry, circa 1910, France.
Boar hallmark (french state hallmark for silver) and illegible goldsmith’s hallmark.
Taxco style silver cufflinks. Pair of cufflinks decorated with a geometric motif and a cabochon-cut Eilat stone (stone composed of chrysocolla, turquoise and malachite). Cufflinks from the 1950s, probably Mexico or USA.
Steel-cut hair comb. This antique comb has five blond horn teeth. The top part slopes down and is decorated with a line of faceted steel-cut flowers. Antique hair comb, perfect for wedding hair accessories. Head jewel, France, early 19th century.
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 18.5 cm
Condition: slight scratches, central flower moves slightly
Weight : 18.58 gr
Further info : In the 19th century dictionary of techniques: “Steel, thanks to its hardness, is susceptible to a beautiful polish; one forms very finely faceted half-pearls from it, and these steel points are riveted one against the other on silver-plated copper plates pierced with a thousand holes, which reproduce in silhouette the arrangements one wishes to execute.”
Antique diamond hairpin in 18 karat (750) gold and silver diamond hairpin composed of two blond horn prongs decorated with a gold and silver arc set with 13 rose-cut diamonds. Antique head jewel, circa 1850, France.
Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and AL goldsmith’s hallmark.
Dimensions : 13 cm x 1.5 cm
Estimated diamond weight: 0.40 carat
Note: Handle with care, as horn is a delicate and fragile material.
Condition: a tooth broken and reattached at the level of the setting.
Large Art Nouveau horn comb. Large Art Nouveau seven-tooth comb in blond horn with floral decoration. It depicts a cherry blossom branch, a very common motif in the Art Nouveau period, influenced by Japanese art. Chignon comb signed E. Birkel, circa 1900.
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.