His tie was striped with shades of crimson; his tailored suit was crisply pressed and charcoal. Her confidence was hardly ever shaken; and yet this man, whom she’d never met, asked her for the time because his pocket watch had stopped. All she could do was giggle. He tucked his watch and fob in his pocket, still wondering the time. She pulled out her phone and showed him the clock, without saying an actual word. He thanked her, as a gentleman would, and handed her his business card with just his name on the front, Jay Brady, his number was on the back. Again, all she could do was giggle.
This antique Victorian carnelian watch fob was made circa 1820 in England. The rich orange carnelian set in gold features an intaglio seal of a detailed family crest. This crest is that of the family Brady or McBrady, of Ireland. The crest is made up of a winged cherub set atop a Coat of Arms. The banner near the bottom reads, “Claritate Dextra”, which is Latin for ‘with a bright light to the right’. The upper part of this fob a boasts rich, regal design. This piece weighs 22.8 grams and measures 29.3 x 24.4 x 41.3 mm. It has been acid tested as 15 karat gold, it is likely what they call ‘cased’ meaning that it’s a very thick layer of gold over base metal, it would be impossible to tell without ruining the fob, but I assume most of these Georgian beauties are cased.
The silences aren't uncomfortable, you talk without words. He knows when to reach over and hold your hand or when to crack a bad joke, just to make you grin. The ultimate symbol of unending love, fidelity and strength, the buckle ring is essential for every ring collection. This warm and wonderful version is simple and full of grace.
This manly sized buckle ring would make a fantastic wedding band, it’s full of history and very stylish to boot. This hand crafted ring was most likely made in England around 1880-1900, it has no hallmarks and tests as sterling silver, with gold wash accents around the top and bottom of the band and at the buckle. The ring would comfortably fit a size 10.75-11 finger and measures 11.6 mm north to south, it narrows very slightly to 9.9 mm at the back of the band. This ring weighs 9.7 grams. Certainly this ring was made for a man, but the right woman could easily pull it off!
“Glory to God in the Highest; on Earth, peace and good will towards men” - Luke 2:14 and the First Transatlantic Telegraph Message, sent August 16th, 1858.
We were at dinner with friends in London and we were talking about the most unusual pieces that we’ve ever had. For me, it was a fob, made from a slice of the first functioning Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, laid in 1858. The fob was cased in silver with a little gold ship on the ocean laying cable. I was lamenting to my friends that I’d never see its like again. The next day I went to an antiques show at the Royal Horticultural Hall and was browsing about. I looked into the case of man I’ve known for many years as we chatted and low and behold I spotting this fob, only the second one I’ve seen in over 20 years. My friend didn’t know what it was, and told me that he’d had it for quite awhile, that it had been in a box of things he’d bought at auction and that this was the first time he’d put it out for sale. Kismet, defined.
This wonderful fob contains a gold cased slice of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable, made from copper and steel wire and cased in gutta-percha, a natural type of latex. The case around the cable is beautifully hand embossed and crafted of 18 karat gold. The pendant measures 32 mm north to south and 21 mm across and weighs 6.3 grams. It is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content.
Hand crafted in England in about 1858, this fantastic pendant is a little piece of history that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
To the Victorians, an anchor was a symbol of hope and steadfastness. Husbands would go off to sea as wives stood waving goodbye in the salty air of the harbor; they wore anchor motifs as a sentiment that they would see each other again. They would trust this idea and would hold enduring love, despite distance and danger. The anchor was also mentioned in a beautiful bible verse, Hebrews 6:19, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and secure, and which enters into that within the veil.” This was likely the origination of the symbol, but of course, an anchor is logically a resource for ensuring safety, for holding steady, and for sound reliance.
This fantastic Anchor brooch has the added Victorian sentiment of the ivy leaf, a symbol of love, used as ‘I cling to thee’. The sterling silver anchor has pink and yellow gold washed leaves and tips for added visual interest. This wonderful piece measures 43.5 mm north to south and 22.7 mm across at the widest point, it weighs 2.7 grams. We’d be happy to convert this lovely brooch to a pendant upon request. The pin is marked to the reverse with the hallmarks showing that it was made in Birmingham, England in 1890, it also has a makers mark.
Sail away with this fantastic sea-themed anchor jewel. No need to be by the water to wear it, anywhere with a glass of wine and a sunset will do.
The average life expectancy of a woman born in 1800 in England was about 35 years. By comparison, dear Mary Ann Gillett’s life of 67 years must have seemed quite long and luxurious. Her life was celebrated with the construction of this amazing locket which contains a lock of her hair clasped with seed pearls and gold wire, opposite her hair is an elaborately engraved plaque with her name and the date of her death.
This stunning locket is in amazing condition, likely due to living most of its life in its original fitted box. The front is set with ten pearls and a banded agate and decorated in rich black and white enamel, it reads ‘In Memory Of’. The back of the locket is equally beautiful and showcases a spray of ivy leaves (sorry, we could have cleaned it better!). This locket measures 54 mm north to south and 31.8 mm across, it’s 10.9 mm thick and weighs 24.4 grams; it has no hallmarks, but careful acid testing reveals it to be made of 18 karat gold. This beautiful piece was hand crafted in England in about 1874. The interior inscription reads: ‘Mary Ann Gillett, died 20th Aug..st 1874, Aged 67’. The locket is presented in it’s original fitted box lined in blue velvet, together the locket and box weigh 50.6 grams.
The presence of white enamel on memorial pieces sometimes symbols that the person was unmarried, perhaps the reason Mary Ann lived to such a ripe old age was that she didn’t have to go through the perils of childbirth?