Archive for ‘Jewelry’

July 23, 2014

Vintage Dean Santner Jewelry Box


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Very nice sculptural wooden box made and signed by California Artist Dean Santer. The shape is very modern yet naturalistic, evocative of a beach cobble (highly rounded with low spherocity). It is 14 inches long, 7 1/2 inches deep and 3 inches high.

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July 9, 2014

Double-Sided Mexican Sterling Necklace


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Elegant sterling silver and stone necklace.  It’s a nice double-sided piece, turquoise on one side, onyx on the other. In other words, brightly exuberant with potential for formal somberness and it could be used to express the mood of your favorite mercurial personality type.

Made after 1979 in Taxco, Mexico this piece weighs 3.96 troy ounces (including the stones of course) and is marked as 950, or 95% silver, rather than the usual 92.5%.

It is a fabulous piece in excellent condition.

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May 31, 2014

Antique Jewelry Box With Little Birds


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This  is an interesting old jewelry box but there’s some sort of design incongruity between the books and the little birds. It shows some signs of age and neglect, e.g., volume six* is missing and the whole thing is somewhat unglued.

But even if intrinsically flawed it’s still evocative. Somewhere in an alternate universe of design it worked better.

Here, not so much.

It is still an interesting artifact. It measures 9 1/4 inches wide, 5 1/4 inches deep and 4 inches high.

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*IF these 11 volumes were a dictionary then we’d be missing words from the late L’s to those beginning around Odo-. Hence references to this dictionary would come up short for words like lyase, microevolution and notion.

If one were missing the dictionary for certain words is it the same as if those never existed?

If so I’d be happy to pitch my latent ochlophobia. I would dearly miss October though.

If you’re really feeling clever I suggest giving this method of looking at words a try.

March 27, 2014

Fab & Big: Vintage Skeletal Fish Necklace Pendant


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Probably dating to the 1960’s or 1970’s this big skeletal fish necklace is signed LG in Palette for Louis Giusti (Mexico). It features a hammered brass finish and measures 10 inches long and 3 1/4 inches across.

Unfortunately the original chain is missing. Otherwise it is in perfect condition.

Our understanding is that these are relatively rare and so we’re asking $350 for it.

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December 15, 2013

Silver and Gold


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Even Yukon Cornelius* would be thrilled with our current haul of fine (and not so fine) silver and gold jewelry. We have a wide variety of vintage and contemporary pieces in attractive gift boxes meant to slip perfectly into that special someone’s stocking.

My personal favorite quote from Yukon Cornelius “Oh, well, now I’m off to get my life-sustaining supplies: cornmeal and gun powder and hamhocks and guitar strings. I’ll give you a lift. Hop aboard, mateys!” . . . We just have so much in common.

November 21, 2013

Antique Hog Ringer & A Box Of Rings


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Old hog ringer with a box of #3 rings.

This was given to us some time ago by one of our volunteers. We’ve debated how to best use it. Our new employees have been pretty adamant that being hog ringed would not be an acceptable hazing ritual and they’re probably right.

The plier tool is about 7 inches long. The box is covered with old advertisements and other interesting stuff.

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July 30, 2013

Awesome Vintage Apollo Studios Vanity Tray


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WOW!

Vintage jeweled filigree vanity tray or lidded box by Apollo Studios. Once upon a time I would have considered this a candidate for Ed’s House-of-Ugly (those things that are so horrible they’re cool) but it’s grown on me and while not to some people’s taste, I think it’s pretty neat.

Apollo Studios was subsidiary of a larger metals firm and the mark was in use from roughly 1909 to 1922. They specialized in vanity, and desk sets and other metal work. Cigar humidors and lighters, stamp boxes, combs, powder containers, trinket boxes, perfume bottles and postal scales are among the items they produced.

They were contemporaries of the Tiffany Studios (although maybe just a little down market?) and their items were sold at prestigious venues like Ovington’s, “The Gift Shop of Fifth Avenue.” For many years they were located at Fifth Avenue and 39th St. and shared a block with Lord & Taylor. They were even held as a text-book example of how to build advertisements for retail trade and featured in literature of the day by now famous writers.

This lidded tray is an amazing piece with floral lace between two pieces of glass forming the lid. This is surrounded by ormolu filigree, embossed patterned details and glass ‘gems’. The base also features glass gemstones, ornate patterned metal work, has handles on each side and it rests upon four feet.

With the exception of four small missing gems and one faint mark from a bottle of some sort this is in excellent condition. It is about 12 inches in diameter stands 3 1/2 inches tall

$350 and this will also be featured on our ebay store, but we wanted to offer it to you folks first.

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August 7, 2011

See You Later Alligator, After A Hand Bag Crocodile


This vintage purse was made of the hide of a large reptile. I’m not sufficiently familiar with their hides to be able to tell if it was an Alligator or a Crocodile.

The purse is about 9 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches tall. One side features a small exterior pocket and prominent ‘hornback’  ridges down the center. Hornback leather showcases the hard, horn-like scales found along the donor Crocodile or Alligator’s back and they add an interesting and one of a kind topographical feature  to the piece.

The back side of the purse is plain, flat reptilian leather.

The inside is lined with a fine grained leather that looks more mammalian than not.  The interior is essentially one large pocket, but there is a small one on one side. The lining at the bottom of the small pocket is fabric and there is a tear. Otherwise the purse is in good shape but does have some signs of use, although there is a lot of  ‘life’ left in it.

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March 15, 2011

Vintage Battle Of New Orleans Medallion: Ali The Greatest Vs. Spinks The Latest


An intersection of firsts: Leon Spinks was the first fighter to beat Muhammad Ali in a title bout (although after refusing to fight another contender the title was stripped from him).

In an attempt to regain it he agreed to fight Muhammad Ali at the New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome.

He lost the 15 round match due to poor conditioning (including excessive partying), making Ali the first three-time heavyweight boxing champion.

Vintage promotional gold-plated bling. It is 1 1/4 inches in diameter and is on a 23 inch chain.

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January 27, 2011

After His Crash, Happy Dog Came Back Wearing Purple


One day Happy! Dog! was running through the fields stark naked insisting he was the King of Sweden and the King of Denmark and the Prince of all Sleaze ‘n Sparkle in Amsterdam and—Angry Beaver had him bundled away to a nice quiet place with windows that didn’t open and doors that were locked from the outside. It was a bad scene.

Sure, back in Cascadia people praised Angry Beaver for reaching out and taking care of Happy! Dog!, for being willing to do whatever it took to make Happy! Dog! well. But Angry Beaver didn’t visit Happy! Dog! in lock down.

In lock down, Happy! Dog! was forced to eat reconstituted eggs and soy bacon and kibbles laced with corn syrup. They told him he needed to shape up and realize he was just like all the other dogs. They insisted he wasn’t special.

Happy! Dog! knew no one would say that if they weren’t 1) crazier than crazy and 2) feeling meaner than a stepped-on rattlesnake. Of course he was special. All the dogs and bony cats and emaciated ferrets in the bad airless space were special. And not one was like any of the others. And they were his friends.

They taught him how to wear fur covered stretched out breast implants to look like he was putting on weight, even gave him a few with velcro belts for free. When he couldn’t wait and threw up under the breakfast table, they’d eat it and then throw it up where the staff didn’t notice. They had drugs in little baggies tied to the underside of the shower drains.

At the end of the month (when Angry Beaver’s second check bounced) he left a whole pound thinner but looking like he had the curves of Mae West. All due to his special friends.

He was so proud. He hitchhiked home wearing purple.

Sterling silver, marcasite, and amethyst stud earrings. $10

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