Thursday, October 21, 2010
Vintage 1970s big pewter medallions are very hard to find, let alone one like this very ornate crowned Phoenix bird or Eagle.
This pendant is a true hippie piece and although it was originally made for older women, it is now a design that is more popular with men.
The eagle or phoenix bird is made in two sections and the legs and tail feathers move independently from the upper body. The piece is stacked and layered and the design is very celtic or gothic. The bird even has a clear rhinestone crown.
This bird is very impressive in size at 3 1/4" tall x 3" wide or 8.5 cm x 7.5 cm. You can get a better indication of the size by looking at the photo of the bird in my hand. The pewter has a wonderful patina and the metal is perfectly clean with no dings or other imperfections. The original 22" or 55 cm double link silver metal chain is a chromium plated.
The pendant is not signed, but I think I know who made this piece. It is so unique, it had to be made by Bergamot. Bergamont made all those incredible big belt buckles in brass and pewter that you remember from the 1970s like deer, elk, geese, horses, etc.
Bergamot had its humble beginning in Fox River Grove, Illinois in September, 1970. The first "factory" was a 10' x 14' smokehouse that rented for $35.00 a month! Over the years the company has grown to be considered the premier Art Foundry of it's type in the world. Located in Delavan Wisconsin, the factory now encompasses 100,000 square feet, is three blocks long, with 100 dedicated employees.
Made in the late 1970s or early 1980s, this Egyptian Revival style necklace is a most unusual collar necklace.
The necklace is made of carved wood beads finished with satin metallic paint in deep Lapis blue. The collar has 5 pyramid or trapezoid pendants spaced by polished gold metal arches. The rest of the necklace is made of medium round beads about 12 mm each, with four gold metal band beads.
The necklace is 19" or 48 cm long and is finished with a large gold metal lobster clasp. The trapezoids are 1 3/8" or 3.2 cm long x 1" or 2.5 cm wide at the bottoms.
Unsigned, the entire necklace is in microscopically clean condition and has been very well cared for. There are no signs of age or wear except for some scant and tiny light microscopic scratches on the tops of 2 of the trapezoids. Because the Lapis finish is lightly marbled, the scratches blend in and are not noticeable.
This collar style necklace is made of two strands of acrylic lustrous white disk pearls spaced every 1 1/2" with sparkling clear rhinestone rhondells. The large gold leaf medallion is stacked and layered and brilliantly textured in micro-nugget rose gold metal. Each leaf has a clear rhinestone row down the center rib.
The necklace is a unique design as the top strand of pearls hangs in a V shape and the lower strand of pearls hangs in a double swag. The matching clip earrings are a single leaf design.
The necklace can be hooked between 18" and 20" long or 45 cm to 50 cm. The original matching pearl extension chain is in place and the pearl strands are finished with rhinestone clad silver rhodium findings. The gold leaf medallion is 3" long x 2" wide or 7.5 cm x 5 cm and is not heavy to wear. The clip earrings are 1 1/2" long x 1" wide or 3.8 cm x 2.5 cm.
This parure is in pristine like new never worn condition.
The entire set is microscopically clean and brilliant. All of the pearls and the gold are perfect and all of the rhinestones are original, present, and sparkling clear. The necklace and the earrings are signed Alice Caviness. The signature not the earrings is plain to read but the signature on the necklace is a faint impression; just how it was made.
Shipped gift wrapped and in new luxury presentation necklace and earring boxes.
It is easy to fall in love with this rare vintage 1950s " World on the Moon" Italian pin.
This theme pin represents the Italian Opera "Mondo della Luna" and this pin was most likely only sold at Opera houses in Italy and was not made for export. You might look your whole life and never find another pin like this one as production was very limited.
The pin has the orignal paper price hang tag that reads Made in Italy, and the hand written price of 795 Lira. To the best of my calculations, in 1950's Italy, this pin cost a little less than a buck and a half; a token memento from the Opera. Imagine being able to go the opera today and get anything for a buck fifty ! That wont buy a pack of gum!
The pin is made of brilliant 24kt gold plated metal. It is a thin plating, similar to the way in which Spanish Damascene jewelry was made. The gold metal is pierced with tiny die stamp details that creates a very rich, elegant look : another technique very similar to Damascene jewelry.
The man is sereanding the lady with a mandolin and the lady wears an big hoop Victorian dress and holds a fancy fan in her hand. A moonlight serenade, as the lovers sit in a dreamy light blue enameled crescent moon.
The pin is medium in size at 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall or 4.4 cm x 3.8 cm. The entire pin is in pristine clean like new unworn condition with no imperfections. The back has the original fine working C clasp.
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Made in the 1920-1930 era, this hand carved sailboat pin is an exceptional, very rare nautical beauty.
The pin is carved from dark brown waxed Mahogany wood and over time, the wood has taken on a wonderful smooth patina. The mast and sails are detailed with carved lines and recessed beveled trim. The boat has carved hash marks representing waves and the meticulously carved ships wheel is placed behind the foresail like a setting sun.
The hull and handles on the ships wheel are rust orange enamel and the mast is green enamel. In the early 1900's before WWII, red, white and blue were not considered primary nautical colors. Old vintage nautical jewelry was mainly made in colors of orange-red and green, representing the colors of buoy markers.
The pin is medium large in size at 2 1/8" tall x 2" wide or 5.6 cm x 5 cm. The entire pin is in exceptional clean condition and has been very well cared for. The wood is perfect everywhere with no scratches, chips, scuffs, or fading. The carving is very precise and exceptional, obviously only achieved by a master carver. The back has the original well made stainless steel bar, hinge, and safety clasp in perfect working order. There is some light enamel wear.
This vintage teddy bear pin is a charming creation entirely encrusted in clear Swarovski crystals.
The bear is made of polished rich gold metal and around the neck is large bow with a dangling gold heart charm. The bear has black glass eyes,a black enamel nose, and the body is reverse arched like a stuffed teddy bear would be.
The bear is medium in size at 1 5/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide or 4.2 cm x 3.2 cm. Unsigned, the bear is exceptional quality and the metal is very thick and weighty.
I sincerely doubt this pin has ever been worn and the entire pin, both front and back, is in pristine like new condition. The brooch is microscopically clean and bright and there is no gold wear anywhere. All of the crystals are original, present, and sparkling clear. The back has the original fine working safety clasp.
Made in the 1960's, these wild large cluster chandelier earrings were made to look like Tahitian pearls.
The earrings are clips and they are signed S & J. Each earring has countless steel grey pearls made of acrylic beads with a high grade steel metallic mirror finish. The pearls are all individually connected with stainless steel loop wires and the pearls range in size from 5 mm to 10 mm.
Notice the unique rhodium plated butterfly backs on the earrings. These backs serve to spread the pearl dangles so that the cluster hangs in a wide fashion.
The earrings measure 3" long x 1 1/2" wide or 7.5 cm x 3.8 cm. Both earrings are new old stock and have never been worn. The pair is in pristine clean like new condition.