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Topazio Deco Portuguese 835 silver hinged Bracelet ~ harvest wheat motif

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Gorgeous silver hinged bangle bracelet signed by Topazio of Portugal featuring a repousse “harvest” motif with bunches of mature wheat in rectangular frames. Topazio bracelets are the best of the genre – their designs are crisp and register easily to the eye; the finishing is impeccable and their decorative motifs a joy to behold. I love the octagonal shape on the outer surface, the sense of Deco geometry it adds to the piece and the silky soft patina the bracelet has developed over its long life…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference; 1″ wide; 47.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed “TOPAZIO” and bearing hallmarks on the tab of the clasp for “835” purity; 1940s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a lovely, crisp design, a warm, soft patina that enhances it and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15003   Offered at $245.00 Contact...

Ostern for David Andersen Norway silver Pendant Necklace ~ Ship of Good Fortune

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Modernist David Andersen sterling silver pendant accompanied by its matching, original D-A neck ring, this design was created for Andersen by Bjorn Ostern and it’s called the “ship of good fortune”. Highly stylized and adorned with a beautiful aventurine set at its very heart, this is one of my favorite Ostern creations and I can tell you that the duo sits perfectly around the neck and is equally comfortable to wear. Not to mention timelessly gorgeous…   Size/Weight: pendant is 2 1/8″ tall by 1 3/4″ wide; v-neck ring is 15″ inches (inner perimeter including the 1/2″ gap) yet it wears longer because of the way it sits and relatively adjustable; 34.0 grams (for the set; on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: both components fully hallmarked with Andersen’s logo as shown as well as “NORWAY STERLING” and “925S”;...

Deodat Kleist 1960s German 835 silver and amber Ring

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Handmade in the 1960s this ring crafted in 835 silver follows the Arts and Crafts tradition in its chased, textured and oxidized silver-work and the choice of amber as its “stone”. Active in the 1960s and 1970s in Germany, Deodat is the first of the two Kleists known for their jewelry, the second being his son, Helmut, who started work in 1965. Beautifully made, carefully finished, the ring evokes the craftsmanship of earlier ages yet looks very much at home on our modern fingers…   Size/Weight: sz 6 US (yet adjustable due to its open shank); face is 6/8″ square; 5.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as well as “835”; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with craftsmanship that goes back to the care and attention of Arts and Crafts silversmiths, fantastic patina, beautiful, rich color in the amber, with no damage and no repairs...

David Andersen sterling silver Pendant Necklace on Kupitaan Kulta Neck ring

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Vintage sterling silver three-part articulated David Andersen pendant in a minimalist rendition of an ancient Norse design, this piece came to my possession with the understanding that it was a David Andersen set since it was accompanied by its sterling neck ring. So I brought it home and it stayed with me for a while until, after I photographed it to list it, I realized that the neck ring bears, in fact, the signature of Kupitaan Kulta and is Finnish instead of Norwegian. Much more difficult to find, Kupitaan Kulta neck rings look so much like their D-A counterparts yet, at least this one, does not have the hand-hammered finish Andersen examples usually have. I thought long and hard on whether I should separate the two but in the end opted for keeping the set together. After all, it seems to have been a very successful marriage; both pieces are Scandinavian, of the same period, in the...

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;...

Peruzzi style Italian silver Medieval Revival figural Pendant Necklace

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Early 20th c. Italian silver pendant necklace in a figural Medieval Revival design, this is a piece made in the style associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros yet bears no maker’s signature. Usually drawing inspiration from Baroque or Renaissance art, this type of Italian jewelry was very popular with young ladies on their Grand Tour and brought back either as mementos of travel adventures or as gifts for the less fortunate ones who did not get to go. In this case, however, the scene is Medieval in its subject matter showing a knight and lady on horseback. In my eyes, they look as if they are eloping yet it’s probably my romantic streak that has taken over. Last but not least, I would like to draw attention to the wonderful dangles and the exceptionally well-cast links of the chain; there are several designs combined here in graduated sizes – even the hook of the...