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Egyptian Revival silver, enamel and cut glass box


Egyptian Revival silver, enamel and cut glass box

 

An elegant cut crystal jar or dresser box with an enameled silver collar and lid. The lid of the box is enameled with the image of Horus (the hawk headed god) seated on a throne. The inside of the lid is marked “800.” The box measures approximately 1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/8″ tall. I am not sure where this was made but the 800 silver indicates somewhere in Europe. The piece is visually in very good antique condition. With examination under a loupe, there are multiple extremely tiny chips in the glass. I can feel a few with a fingernail but most I cannot see. With the loupe, I saw a few small areas of damage to the enamel as well. Really not obvious. So, it’s not perfect but still beautiful.

$235.00


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Big old Zuni petitpoint cluster ring


Big old Zuni petitpoint cluster ring

 

An early and large, Zuni petitpoint cluster ring. Forty turquoise stones, beautifully worn, excellent patina. A great piece. The top platform measures 2″ long x 1 1/2″ across. The ring is about a size 8 3/4. No issues.

$SOLD


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Early Navajo butterfly pin


Early Navajo butterfly pin

Circa 1930s, this is a heavy, slightly crude stamped butterfly pin. Made before figural pins became somewhat formulaic and quickly produced, this butterfly is heavy with relatively thick silver and wire used for the wings, and antennas and a solid silver button for the head and set with a single light blue round turquoise. I think the shelf-like pin mount should date this but I haven’t found the right reference yet. The carefully curled proboscis would allow one to wear this as a pendant as well. The butterfly measures 2″ tall x 1 1/2″ wide. Tarnish/patina is intact. No cracks or repairs.

$325.00


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Early Navajo Blue Gem turquoise bracelet


Circa 1930, this is a wonderfully worn square and twisted wire bracelet set with four oval cabochons. The stones are all very worn and cracked but they have the lovely warm blue shades of old Blue Gem. This classic bracelet shows its years of wear with a pleasing softness of all the edges, substantial wear along both edges and, the loss of two silver drops on the shank. Inside circumference is 5 3/8″ with the current opening of just over an inch.

$650


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Old Saint Joseph santo, bulto









Old Saint Joseph santo, bulto

 

Lovely old Mexican or New Mexican religious piece, a carved and painted Saint or santo figure. I believe this is Saint Joseph as it appears that he had something in his right hand and the flowering staff would have fit. Possibly arguing for a Mexican origin, his eyes appear to be “cascaras,” small glass pieces laid in with a pupil painted on the glass.


Where the wood is exposed, the old patina is lovely. Some of his early paint survives; red, blue and small bits of yellow and gold on his robe and cloak and you can still see the yellow burst with rays on his cloak near his right knee. He was once mounted on some kind of base but that’s long gone and there are remnants of glue on his underside. But, he stands and is currently about 7 1/2″ tall.


Note that he is in rough condition that attests to his life and use. Lots of old wormholes (nothing active now!), with substantial losses to his body and parts, including the front of his left foot, his left hand and much loss of paint. Note that there was a poor repair that glued his right hand back on. Really bad but it could be undone and reattached gracefully by someone competent. A beautiful devotional piece.

$425


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Pair of old UITA3 Navajo silver buttons


Pair of old UITA3 Navajo silver buttons

 

A pair of vintage silver buttons with the UITA3 mark, indicating that they were made/sold at Toadalena Trading Post (or Two Gray Hills), circa 1930s. Both are made of stamped silver with a design of a four part form with dots, sharp and clear stamping. Each has a copper wire shank and, each button is marked on the back with the “UI[arrow]TA3″ and each button is approximately 1” wide.

$SOLD


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