Silver vodka cup engraved with foliate and architectural designs. Assay mark for Anatoly Appollonovich Artsybashev, Moscow 1889. Light gilding within. 2" 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.
Wonderful marabou figural cigar cutter. Designed by Ignatius Taschner, Germany (1871-1913), known for his animal sculptures. The hammered brass bird has a guillotine-design steel beak. Raise beak, insert cigar into the eye, drop beak to cut, and allow cigar tip to fall into waiting copper bowl beneath. Clever and whimsical. Germany circa 1905. 4 3/4" W., 5 3/4" H., 9" H. (beak extended)
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
WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau basket with florals and berries in relief upon its rising sides. A figural winged maiden fashioned as the handle. Designed by Albert Mayer, circa 1907. Firm's marks beneath. 6 3/4" W., 3 1/2" H.
Handsome classic design English sterling silver flask. The practical, discreet size has one curved side to comfortably fit a hip or breast pocket. Bayonet feature on its top, locking cap. Hallmarks: Charles S. Green, Birmingham 1918. 3 1/8" W., 4 1/4" H.
Heavily cut, round crystal jar with pique tortoise and silver top. Silver inlay with ribbons and cascading florals is finely chased. Hallmarks: William Comyns, Birmingham 1912. 2 7/8" H., 2 5/8" W.
Lovely, romanticized Art Nouveau wine bottle stand from the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1907. Flowing florals rise above a series of six fish as they swim through wave-like Art Nouveau tendrils. Workshop marks beneath. 3" H., 4 3/4" W.
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.
Tall, oval-form, cut-crystal boudoir jar. The pique-tortoise top has chased silver rambling floral inlay and a central oval medallion. Hallmarks: Neal Brothers, Birmingham 1905. 3 3/8" H., 1 7/8" W., 2 7/8" L.
Lovely quality sterling silver and pique tortoise-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.
Nice quality antique sterling silver flask in desirable, discreet size. Drinking cup removes from bottom for convenience and cap has bayonet-hinge design. Cup is gilded within. Hallmarks: James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield 1895. 2 1/4" W., 3 3/4" H.
Nice, large crystal jar cut with vertical ribbing upon its rounded form. Pique tortoise top is inlaid with cascading ribbons and pendant flowers. Hallmarks: Cohen & Charles, Birmingham 1918. 3 1/2" W., 3 1/8" H.
Wonderful box is all tortoise shell. The threaded cover turns for removal. Nice natural gradation of highlights. England circa 1910. 2 1/4" H., 2 1/2" W.
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.
Sweet Art Nouveau snuff, or pill box with crisply details florals. The abundant designs are in relief upon both sides of the rounded form. Gilded within. Stamped boar mark for 800 fine silver as well as maker mark. France circa 1900. 1 5/8" W.