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Topazio style Portuguese 835 silver “harvest” Bracelet

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The second Portuguese silver “harvest” bracelet currently available in my inventory (you can see it together with a wider example in one of the photos here) this too was made in the post-1985 period as indicated by its hallmarks. Yet the style is classic Portuguese Deco, following in the steps of similar bracelets by Topazio, Portugal’s foremost silver manufacturer. A really well-made piece with crisp, easily readable to the eye designs and amazing patina – wear it alone or enjoy it in a stack among your other favorite treasures… PS: A wider bracelet in the same design is also available in my inventory as you can see in one of the photos; if you don’t see it in my store, please ask!   Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped) by 3/4″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: hallmarks for .835 silver and Porto as place of manufacture;...

Topazio style Portuguese 835 silver hinged Bracelet ~ harvest motifs

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Made after the mid-1980s yet following in the tradition of Portuguese hinged bangles from the Deco years this bracelet is wrought in .835 silver and decorated profusely with “harvest” motifs. Luscious fruits, flowers in full bloom and sheaves of ripe cereals run the bracelet’s full length with patina and oxidation bringing out their sculptural quality and allowing the raised surfaces to glow. Gorgeous… PS: A narrower bracelet in the same design is also available in my inventory as you can see in one of the photos; if you don’t see it in my store, please ask! Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped) by 7/8″ wide; 37.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker yet bearing hallmarks for silver content (.835), place of manufacture (Porto) and date (post-1985) Condition: excellent vintage with great figural decoration, crisp and...

Topazio Portuguese Deco 833 silver Bracelet ~ monuments of Portugal

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A fabulous example of late Deco Portuguese jewelry this hinged “bangle” is signed by Topazio, the country’s foremost manufacturer of silver hollowware and jewelry. Wrought in .833 silver, its two “wings” are made up of curved panels with alternating scrolled niello and figural decoration. This specific design is known as “monuments of Portugal”, the Belem Tower and the National Pantheon being among the country’s architectural treasures portrayed here…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 3/4″ wide; 33.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature “TOPAZIO” as well as hallmarks indicating metal purity (.835), place of manufacture (Porto) and date (post-1937); I would suggest 1940s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with a design that is less commonly found, having fantastic patina, with its...

antique Art Nouveau / Arts and Crafts silver and jasper Ring

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Fabulous old sterling silver ring that straddles the divide between Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts with its foliate setting and the floral detail in its gallery, this piece is so tactile and such a visual treat! It’s not just the silver-work and the patina enhancing its detail that puts this ring above the… mundane masses, it is also the richness and sensuality of its polished stone – a jasper, I believe. Blues, milky grays and rust browns swirl, twist and turn in that amazing stone bringing to mind overcast, stormy seas…   Size/Weight: sz 6.5 US (yet easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 15/16″ NS by 3/4″ EW; rises approx. 1/2″ above the finger when worn; 6.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “STERLING” on the side of the shank, close to where it meets the gallery (you can see it in the photo of the ring showing its back);...

Topazio Portuguese Deco silver hinged Bracelet ~ flower pots

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Late Portuguese Deco silver repousse hinged bracelet by Topazio in that Renaissance Revival style often associated with bracelets of this type from Portugal, this piece has the most amazing patina and luscious figural, floral and scroll decoration. I am an avid gardener myself so the band of flower pots brimming with blooms is particularly appealing to me as I am sure is the case with many others out there. And have you noticed the little flower capping the clasp’s push-in tab? PS: In one of the photos I am showing this bracelet combined with a similar one of the same period that will be listed shortly – if you don’t see it in my store, please ask!    Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1/2″ wide; 25.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as metal content and place of manufacture hallmarks that are not too clear; I...

Topazio style Portuguese Deco silver hinged Bracelet ~ roses and acanthus

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The first in a series of fabulous vintage Portuguese silver repousse bracelets I will be presenting in the next few weeks, this hinged bangle commands an impressive presence not only because of its architecturality but also due to the fantastic patina it has developed over the years. Accentuated by the darkened background, the meticulously worked floral and acanthus motifs look as if they float above a sea of old sterling and their detail is such that it captures the eye even at a distance. Dating in the tail end of the Deco years as is evidenced by the pyramidal shape of its sections, the bracelet nevertheless bears traces of Revival jewelry with its prominent use of the acanthus…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1″ wide; 44.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “925” with a additional assay hallmarks that though definitely Portuguese are not...