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1950s Kupitaan Kulta sterling silver dangle Earrings ~ Elis Kauppi, Finland

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Slick and elegant in such a less-is-more way this set of vintage sterling silver Kupitaan Kulta modernist earrings was created in Finland in the 1950s-60s period. It seems to me that in this set Elis Kauppi tempered bare bones minimalism with the lightest possible trace of vermeil that covers the inner surfaces of the earrings’ rectangular building blocks and gives the illusion of a textured finish. Spectacularly beautiful…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ long by 3/8″ wide; 7.2 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date:marked with Kupitaan Kulta’s logo as well as “925” on the screbacks; 1950s-early 1960s Condition:excellent vintage with stunning architectural presence, great patina and no damage or repairs noted   Inv.#14384   Offered at $165.00 Contact us about this...

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...

Deco Portuguese silver harvest calendar Bracelet ~ Topazio style hinged bangle

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Vintage Portuguese sterling silver hinged bangle bracelet in a classic for the genre harvest calendar design in which different months of the year are illustrated by either a flower, fruit or other staple that characterizes them. I love these bracelets for their representation of the cyclical nature of time and their allusion to earlier decades when the availability of food depended on one’s location and the specific season. In the example at hand the figural decoration is distinct and crisp in its detail with the flowers, fruit and sheaves of cereals pushing out from the background as if in an attempt to come to life…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (clasped) by 3/4″ wide; 18.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING PORTUGAL”; 1930s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with crisp, sculptural floral, fruit and foliate motifs, having nice patina, with no...

Italian Deco silver and chrysoprase Pin / Brooch Pendant ~ Peruzzi style Renaissance Revival

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Not signed for maker nor place of origin yet undoubtedly an Italian piece from the opening decades of the 20th c. this big, bold, ornate combination pin/pendant displays the quality and attention to detail signed Peruzzi pieces from the same period are known and sought after for. The delicate wirework of the cruciform body is so carefully finished and the beaded accents around the bezel-set stone perfect. The chrysoprase cab itself, magically translucent, looks like a piece of old-fashioned mint candy. I am at a loss as to why the maker did not sign such a delicate, gorgeous creation. Wear it as a pin or combine it with your favorite vintage chain to enjoy as a spectacular necklace…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall (without the bail) by 2″ wide; with the bail it will add a 2 3/4″ drop to your chain; 22.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for...

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;...