Remarkably detailed enamel and sterling silver butterfly brooch. Aqua with gradations of emerald green along with golden and sienna accents. Black veining defines the realistic wing pattern. Fine example made by the John Atkins & Sons workshop. Fully hallmarked John Atkins, Birmingham 1918. 2 5/8" W., 1 3/4" H.
Handsome English magnifier. Staghorn handle with sterling silver mounts. Each mount has ram's-head-relief design along with beaded accents. Hallmarks: William Beatson, Sheffield 1893. 4" W., 10 3/8" L.
Rambling Art Nouveau silver overlay vines are upon the baluster-form vase. Two central flower heads with hand-chased detail complete the lovely design. American circa 1900. 6 3/8" H.
Victorian wine bottle coasters have beautifully reticulated galleries. Bases are turned wood with a central button. England circa 1880. 2 1/2" H., 5 5/8" W.
Handsome antique cut-crystal Scotch whisky decanter fitted with a Betjemann's patented lock. A silvered collar about the neck of the decanter holds a locking mechanism. An arm slides forward to grasp and hold a heavy multi- facet-cut stopper in place. The stopper rests within a widely flaring pouring lip. The Victorian decanter is extensively and deeply cut on all sides along with a star-cut pattern upon its base. Retains original key. Retailed by George Betjemann & Sons in their shop in Pentonville Road, London circa 1890. 9 1/2" H.
Very nice example of this highly collected corkscrew. The celluloid stockings are striped in bright dark green and ivory. Nickel mounts are in the form of high-button boots. Influenced by the "Can-Can" dancers of the 19th century, Moulin Rouge-era Paris. Made in Germany circa 1895. 2 5/8" L. closed, 5 1/4" W. fully open
Early Sheffield plate wine bottle coaster has lovely foliates in relief upon the top rim. A turned wooden base within the Georgian-era stand. Circa 1840. 2" H., 7" W.
Lovely quality sterling silver and pique shell top jewel box. Elaborate hand-chased silver inlay has scrolling florals along with cascading garlands. Hallmarks: Charles Boynton, Birmingham 1912. 1" H., 2 5/8" W., 3 1/8" L.
Extraordinary Vienna bronze birds epergne. Four detailed cast cockatiels are perched upon swinging arms that bob up and down over the gilded "pond" center bowl. A central crystal bud vase rises above. A rare and charming example. Austria, early 1900's. 10 1/4" H., 6 3/4" W.
Fine Art Nouveau wine, or claret, jug made by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. A fully cast, detailed figure of a mermaid forms the handle. The mount, with its hinged cover and tall pouring lip, has rambling florals in relief. The large crystal carafe is hand-cut, as well as etched, with complementing high Art Nouveau florals. Signed with WMF marks upon the mount. An extraordinary example of romanticized Art Nouveau by this highly regarded workshop. Illustrated in the firm's well-known 1906 catalogue, page 135. 12" H.
Elegant pair of Georgian-era Sheffield plate wine bottle coasters. Swirling, lobed coasters with applied gadroon-and-shell tops. Turned wooden bases. England circa 1840. 1 7/8" H., 6 1/4" W.
Lovely enameled scarab pendant from the Charles Horner workshop. The scarab has luminous blue, green and aqua highlights. A similar example is pictured in "Charles Horner of Halifax," by Tom J. Lawson, page 88. Hallmarks: Charles Horner, Chester 1910. 1 1/4" W.
Lovely serpentine-form sterling silver frame. The rambling frame's border, as well as the photo borders, have a relief repousse pattern. Oak easel back. Hallmarks: J & R Griffin, Chester 1919. 6 5/8" W., 8 3/8" H.; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/8" H. photo
Nice wild boar tusk corkscrew with naturally mottled gradation of tones. Reticulated sterling silver mount with chased scrolling leaves. Walker Bell feature. American circa 1900. 5 1/2" W., 5 1/2" L.
Nice wild boar tusk corkscrew with naturally mottled gradation of tones. Sterling silver mount has an applied band of leaves in relief. Walker Bell feature. American circa 1900. 6 1/4" w., 5 3/4" L.
Heavy fine quality Victorian water jug. The extensively hand-cut hobnail-and-star pattern pitcher has an Arts & Crafts silvered mount. Made by John Grinsell of Birmingham circa 1890. 9 3/4" H.
British banded agate wax seal is cut into an octagonal with a rounded top. The polished stone is mounted with chased silver that holds its beveled agate seal with intaglio crest. England circa 1890. 2" L.
Handsome large English cigars box. Rectangular wooden box with its central "Cigars" applique is hallmarked Cork Bros., London 1911. Top corners are further mounted with hand-chased, triangular elements. Interior is fitted with an adjustable divider to accommodate cigars or tobacco. Minor loss to "g." 3" H., 5 3/4" W., 9 1/2" L.