Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recent Additions - Cufflinks and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include Art Deco cocktail glasses, striking l' Egyptien cufflinks by Wm. Huger and fiery red carnelians.


Art Deco cocktail glass cufflinks. (J9252)

Cocktails for Two   Golden cocktail glasses garnished with long-stemmed cherries.  These miniature Manhattans are elegant cufflinks from the days of speakeasies, bathtub gin and Prohibition.  Bottoms up!  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1930.    Cost:  $1,375


Art Deco pinstripe cufflinks. (J9270)

Elegant Pinstripes  Elegantly engraved pinstripes in yellow gold surrounded by white gold borders of repeated box-and-cross motifs.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920. Cost:  $1,175


William Huger Egyptian revival cufflinks. (J9280)

L' Egyptien  Art Deco cufflinks in the neo-Egyptian style of the 1920s.  Lotus blossoms, bundled papyrus reeds and striking geometric designs flourish along the richly detailed borders and a small diamond sparkles in the center.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1925.    Cost:  $975


Art Deco carnelian spool cufflinks. (J9232)

Carter Carnelian  Sultry red carnelians glow like dark embers.  The brightness of the yellow gold and sultry luminescence of the carnelians are an elegant dance of light and color, a striking example of Art Deco design.  Created by Carter & Gough in 14kt gold, circa 1920.    Cost:  $845


Krementz Art Deco cufflinks. (J9271)

Art Deco Dazzle  Dazzling Art Deco cufflinks with radiantly engraved centers and bold, geometric borders.  Intricate geometry and the sparkling interplay of light.  Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.    Cost:  $925


Carrington mother-of-pearl and platinum cufflinks. (J9260)

Carrington Deco  Creamy white mother-of-pearl centers surrounded by bright, linearly engraved platinum borders.  Created by Carrington & Company in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1930.    Cost:  $925


Krementz writhing serpent cufflinks. (J9284)

Writhing Serpents  Art Nouveau cufflinks with writhing serpents intertwined with a foliate vine.  The fact that the serpents are rattlesnakes adds a touch of menace.   Beautifully sculpted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.    Cost:  $845



Recent additions to the Antique Stickpin Gallery feature an Art Deco sapphire and diamond stickpin and a Hans Brassler laurel wreath and amethyst stickpin.


Art Deco sapphire and diamond stickpin. (J9277)

Sapphire Geometry  The intertwining, angular lines of a golden interlace cradle a bright blue sapphire and small sparking diamond.  A nice example of the elegant geometry of Art Deco design.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920. Cost:  $485


Hans Brassler laurel wreath stickpin. (J9281)

Laurels and Amethyst A rich purple amethyst sits between the soaring branches of a laurel wreath.  Below a small luminous pearl glows in a trefoil setting.  An elegant stickpin created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    Cost:  $625



These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recent Additions - Cufflinks and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery and the Antique Brooch Gallery include dazzling Art Deco diamond cufflinks and an elegant brooch by Hans Brassler.


Art Deco diamond cufflinks. (J9222)

Deco Dazzle  Elegantly engraved centers with garlands, stylized floral motifs and a small diamond surrounded by classically inspired reeded borders.  Crafted in 10kt white gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $475


Hans Brassler amethyst and roses brooch. (J9256)

Amethyst and Roses  A Hans Brassler brooch set with a rich amethyst, bright pearls and golden roses climbing a radiating trellis.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    Cost:  $925


These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recent Additions - Cufflinks and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include sizzling sapphire cufflinks from Ziething, dramatic scroll Art Nouveau bean backs and elegant Art Deco diamond links.


Art Deco sapphire cufflinks. (J9265)

Sapphire Jungle  A jungle-like tangle of exotic flora and sweeping fronds engraved in white gold surround a radiant sunburst center set with a dark blue sapphire.    Crafted in 10kt gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $725


Art Nouveau scroll cufflinks. (J9268)

Dramatic Scrolls  Elegant cufflinks with dramatic, swirling scrolls.  The sweeping, sharp-edged curves are a striking example of Art Nouveau design.  Crafted in 10kt gold, circa 1900.    Cost:  $625


Art Deco diamond and platinum cufflinks. (J9259)

Diamond Elegance  Elegant Art Deco cufflinks with sparkling diamonds and platinum tops beautifully engraved with repeating pinstripe and wave motifs.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1920.    Cost:  $625



The Antique Stickpin Gallery now includes several striking Art Deco jade stickpins. One, Brassler Jade, was added several months ago. Another striking example by Taylor and Co. was added earlier this month.


Art Deco jade stickpin. (J9269)

Deco Jade  A boldly geometric stickpin set with an elongated jade cabochon.  A wonderful example of the influence of Chinese art and architecture on Art Deco design.  Created by Taylor & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1930.    Cost:  $485


These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recent Additions - Cufflinks


While the last several weeks have been busy with the Christmas rush and year-end chores, I've added several pairs of cufflinks to the Antique Cufflink Gallery.  I hope everyone enjoyed the best of the holidays and is looking forward to a joyous New Year!


Carrington abalone button cufflinks. (J9233)

Carrington Buttons  Elegant abalone centers carved to resemble the traditional buttons on a cuff.  The iridescence of the abalone plays nicely against the reeded-and-tied white gold borders.   Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1940.    Cost:  $825


Ziething garland cufflinks. (J9202)

Golden Garlands  Elegant gold cufflinks with finely engraved centers bursting with garlands and swags.  Bold octagonal borders of diamond shapes frame the design.    Cost:  $425


These and other fine jewels can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!



Art Deco cocktail glass cufflinks, circa 1930.

We enjoyed a very busy December at the Antique Cufflink Gallery and over the next several months will be "restocking the shelves" with elegant cufflinks and dress sets from the past. The Art Deco cocktail glass cufflinks pictured above are a striking example of coming attractions. Crafted in 14kt gold and set with coral cherries these beautifully crafted cufflinks date from the years around 1930. Bottoms up!


I hope everyone enjoys a happy and joyous New Year!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Recent Additions - Cufflinks, Stickpins and Dress Sets


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include dazzling Art Deco diamond cufflinks, fierce lion-eagles by Carter, Howe & Co., striking black-and-whites and intricately engraved diamond cufflinks circa 1920.


Art Deco diamond cufflinks. (J9245)

Taylor Elegance  Art Deco cufflinks that dance and sparkle with the cool elegance and geometric dazzle of a Busby Berkeley musical.  Created by Taylor & Co. in 14kt gold,  circa 1930.    Cost:  $1,125


WAB fierce lion cufflinks. (J9254)

Roaring Eagles  The Victorians decorated cufflinks with a menagerie of exotic and hybrid creatures.  These striking cufflinks feature a roaring lion with wing-like ears, a feathered mane and the tightly curling tongue of a bird of prey.   Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.    Cost:  Sold


Dramatic Art Deco cufflinks. (J9251)

Black and White   Elegant black enamel accents and white gold centers engraved with alternating straight and zig-zag pinstripes.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1930. Cost:  $675


Intricately engraved diamond cufflinks. (J9243)

Intricately Engraved  Intricately engraved cufflinks with a sparkling diamond.   Art Deco borders and a fine bead-like pattern along the edges add a final touch of Jazz Age elegance.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920.    Cost:  $725



This month the Antique Stickpin Gallery has gone to the birds with a proud pheasant and wise owl. A French chimera and Brassler scarab round out the offerings.


Victorian pheasant reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9246)

Strutting Pheasant  A Victorian reverse intaglio of a ring-necked pheasant strutting through a miniature landscape.  The scene is beautifully rendered with many finely detailed plants.  Crafted in 18kt gold,  circa 1880.    Cost:  $675


Victorian owl stickpin. (J9249)

Wise Owl  A wise owl perches on a branch and watches with inquisitive, bright green eyes.  The owl is beautifully sculpted with finely detailed feathers and sturdy talons grasping the tree branch.  The breast of the owl is engraved with the Greek letters Κ, Φ and Β - Kappa, Phi, Beta.    Cost:  $475


French chimera stickpin. (J9247)

La Chimère II  A French chimera hungrily pursues a small golden ball.  This fierce gargoyle has the head of a an eagle and body of a serpent that morphs into a vine decorated with acanthus leaves.  Crafted in 18kt gold, circa 1900. Cost:  $675


Hans Brassler carnelian scarab stickpin. (J9234)

Brassler Scarab A Hans Brassler stickpin with a sultry red carnelian scarab set in a stylized frame that repeats the scarab motif.  A wonderful blend of Egyptian Revival, Art Nouveau and Art Deco design.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    Cost:  $765



Recent additions to the Antique Dress Set Gallery include two elegant Art Deco dress sets by Carrington & Co. - one set with shimmering moonstones the other with luminous mother of pearl.


Carrington moonstone dress set. (J9244)

Moonlight and Platinum  Shimmering moonstones and platinum reflect the romance and elegance of an earlier age.  A full dress set created by Carrington & Company in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1910.    Cost:  $3,250


Carrington platinum and mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9250)

Platinum and Mother of Pearl  Exuberantly engraved platinum borders surround creamy white mother-of-pearl centers.  This Carrington full dress set is an elegant study in white on white.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1930.    Cost:  $2,450


These and other fine jewels can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Frosty Elegance of Art Deco Cufflinks



Frosty Art Deco diamond cufflinks, circa 1930.

Last month I celebrated the warm colors of autumn with gold and sapphire cufflinks. Since then we have had our first snow fall, the skies have turned a little greyer and the air is a little chillier. All signs that winter has come to New England. To announce the arrival of the season here is a flurry of frosty white Art Deco cufflinks.



Carter, Gough platinum snowflakes, circa 1930.


Shimmering snowflakes falling in frosty platinum skies. These cufflinks sparkle with the cool elegance and striking geometry of the late Art Deco period. Created by Carter, Gough & Co. in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1930.



Intricately engraved diamond cufflinks, circa 1920.


Intricately engraved centers and borders of stylized flowers and abstract linear motifs help date these cufflinks to the early Art Deco period.  This style of finely engraved, richly detailed cufflink echoes the cufflinks of the earlier Edwardian period. Crafted in 14kt white gold, circa 1920.



Hookaylo elegant wintry cufflinks, circa 1925.


These glimmering Art Deco cufflinks bring to mind the wintry elegance of frosty window panes glittering in the early morning sun. Created in 14kt gold by Jacob Hookaylo, a gifted jewelry designer and goldsmith based in Newark, New Jersey during the Art Deco period.



A flurry of snowflakes and sapphires, circa 1925.


Another pair of Jacob Hookaylo cufflinks. Here a flurry of snowflakes swirls around bright blue sapphires surrounded by jazzy Art Deco borders of alternating involute scrolls and linear motifs. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1925.



Pinstripes and confetti, circa 1925.


Elegant pinstripes and radiating waves in the corners give these cufflinks a festive, energetic feel. A small, repeated geometric pattern floats above the pinstripes like glittering confetti floating down from a ballroom ceiling on New Year's Eve. Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.



Mesmerizing diamond cufflinks, circa 1925.


Mesmerizing cufflinks with richly engraved centers and intricate geometric borders. Small diamonds are set in box settings with millegrain edges. A miniature masterpiece of Art Deco design created by L. Fritschze & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.


I hope the above cufflinks bring everyone a little cheer
and that you enjoy the best of the holidays
and the coming new year.


These and other fine cufflinks can be found
in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Recent Additions - Cufflinks and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include several pairs of Art Deco cufflinks set with bright blue sapphires, an elegant Carrington dress set, striking guilloche enamel cufflinks by Krementz and a number of other richly engraved cufflinks from the early 20th century.


Keller Egyptian Revival cufflinks. (J9238)

Egyptian Revival  Stylized lotus blossoms and splayed papyrus fronds surround bright blue sapphires and radiant sun bursts adding Pharaonic splendor to these Art Deco cufflinks.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $785


Ehrlich & Sinnock sapphire and gold cufflinks. (J9226)

Sapphire and Gold  Rich blue sapphires set amid bright gold centers of concentric circles, stylized acanthus leaves and finely milgrained edges.  The Art Deco jeweler let no chance escape to embellish this richly detailed design.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $945


Krementz lavender guilloche enamel cufflinks. (J9242)

Lavender and Gold  Arresting Art Deco cufflinks with lavender and black enamel centers accented with yellow gold pinstripes and borders.  Created by Krementz & Company in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $1,125


Carrington diamond and mother-of-pearl dress set. (J9240)

Carrington Elegance  Sparkling diamonds in platinum set amid radiant waves etched in mother-of-pearl all surrounded by jazzy platinum borders  A jazzy example of the Carrington sense of understated elegance.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1925.    Cost:  $1,625


Jazzy Art Deco cufflinks. (J9236)

Winter Jazz  Radiant checkerboard centers surrounded by bold Jazz Age borders.  These Art Deco cufflinks glimmer with the frosty elegance of icicles glittering in the early morning sun.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.    Cost:  $875


Bippart, Griscom Egyptian Revival cufflinks. (J9228)

Pharaoh's Pool  Waving papyrus reeds and elegant anthemia surround a rippling pool of golden water or, perhaps, it is a hidden garden maze.  Art Deco cufflinks with the mysteries of ancient Egypt.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1925.    Cost:  $875


Elegantly engraved platinum and gold cufflinks. (J9231)

Pizzazz  Bright Art Deco cufflinks with intricately engraved platinum centers surrounded by yellow gold borders with stylized palmette corners.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1920.    Cost:  $485



In the Antique Stickpin Gallery recent additions include a fierce dragon, a golden bug and a lapis lazuli scarab.


Link & Angell regal dragon stickpin (J9235)

Regal Dragon  A fierce dragon watches menacingly while maintaining a certain regal composure.  The dragon is beautifully rendered - note the fine details of the wings, the scales along the neck and body and the expressive features of the head.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.
Cost:  $425


Art Nouveau insect stickpin. (J9237)

The Gold Bug The diamond-set head, elongated shield-shape body and golden forelegs of this abstractly rendered insect are framed by dramatically outward sweeping wings.  A wonderful example of American Art Nouveau design.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.
Cost:  $475


Hans Brassler scarab and serpent stickpin. (J9185)

Scarab and Serpents  The mysteries of ancient Egypt ... two serpents with entwined tails surround a scarab carved in lapis lazuli.  A stylized lotus blossom rest atop the serpents and scarab.  This stickpin was created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    Cost:  $725


These and other fine jewels can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sapphire and Gold Cufflinks



Carter, Gough sapphire cufflinks, circa 1920.

Cool, crisp mornings, clear blue skies and the rich gold tones of turning foliage announce autumn in New England. It is little wonder that my thoughts this time of year often turn to antique cufflinks decorated in the same elegant pairing of blue and gold. So, in the spirit of the season below is a brief survey of gold cufflinks set with bright blue sapphires.



Ehrlich & Sinnock sapphire cufflinks.

Early Art Deco cufflink makers rarely missed an opportunity to richly embellish a design with fine, intricate details. Here rich blue sapphires are set amid bright gold concentric circles, stylized acanthus leaves and finely milgrained edges. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1925.



Egyptian Revival sapphire cufflinks.

Platinum borders with stylized lotus blossoms and splayed papyrus fronds. The yellow gold centers of the cufflinks feature smaller lotus blossoms surrounding on one side a bright blue sapphire set in platinum and on other a radiant sun burst motif. The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 inspired the Egyptian Revival style of the Art Deco era. Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1925.



Charles Keller sapphire and diamond cufflinks (I).

A wind or compass rose surrounds diamonds and sapphires while stylized roses, a dentil meander and milgrained edges swirl around the periphery. An elegant example of the richly detailed cufflinks created by Charles Keller & Co. in the early 1900s. Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.



J.R. Wood Gothic sapphire cufflinks.

The architecture of the Gothic era is reflected in the design of these elegant gold cufflinks set with bright blue sapphires. The nested ovals, quatrefoils and navettes (diamond shapes) bring to mind the elaborate stone tracery surrounding stained glass windows in a Gothic cathedral. Created by J.R. Wood & Sons in 14kt yellow gold, circa 1920.



Charles Keller sapphire and diamond cufflinks (II).

Sparkling diamonds and rich blue sapphires surrounded by foliate wreath borders and dramatic pinstripe centers. The classic elegance and timeless beauty of the antique cufflink. Created by Charles Keller & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1920.



Jacob Hookaylo frosty sapphire cufflinks.

A maelstrom of swirling snow surrounds a bright blue sapphire. This wintry tempest in a cufflink is framed by a jazzy border of alternating Art Deco scrolls and linear motifs. Although breaking with our theme of sapphires set in yellow gold, this pair of cufflinks is an elegant reminder that the New England autumn is followed by the frosty beauty of winter. Created by Jacob Hookaylo in 14kt gold, circa 1925.


These and other fine cufflinks can be found
in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.