I have on offer a superb solid silver whistle in shape of a cat wearing a bow tie. The whistle has wonderful embossed detail showing the Cat’s collar. The cat has red garnet gemstones for eyes. This whistle has a loop attachment so that it can be hung from a chain. The whistle is offered in excellent condition and also works. This piece weighs approximately 12grams. I will ship worldwide please get in touch for a quote.
I have on offer a superb solid silver Art Nouveau style pendant in the shape of a pretty fairy. Lovely webbed marcasite detail to the fairy’s wings. The fairy pendant has a stunning pink gemstone droplet at the bottom. The back of the brooch is hallmarked ‘925’. This brooch is offered in excellent condition. This would make a beautiful statement. I will ship worldwide.
I have on offer a charming collectable silver plate oriental vesta case. The vesta is in the shape of a monkey holding some fruit. The monkey is wearing a flower design waist coat with lovely detail. The vesta is offered in excellent shape.
Dimensions: 6.2cm x 3.6cm
Vesta cases were introduced in the early 19th century following the manufacture of friction ‘lucifer’ matches in 1826. These matches could self ignite from the heat of friction, often explosively, and were dangerous if simply carried in the pocket. Vesta cases were composed of brass, gold, silver or silver plated cases just large enough to hold (and keep safe) a good number of matches. Vesta cases also prevented matches from becoming damp and useless.
The history of the match holder starts in the 19th century. When matches were invented in 1830, people immediately tried to think of how to transport these “dangerous” things. The first match holders were produced as early as 1835 and were made of wood; later iron and other materials were used. The simple match holders were made for the common people. Only the wealthy could afford expensive match holders.
Although vesta cases were restricted in size because of their function, their decoration varied enormously, from the very plain to the heavily embossed and chased decorated. The majority of vesta cases have a hinged cover and a ring loop attachment to allow suspension. I hope you enjoy browsing through our large array of beautiful Vesta cases on offer.
For sale is a stunning Art Nouveau double photograph frame. This beautiful frame is set on a silver frame with hand painted iridescent green detail. The silver on the botoom of the frame is hallmarked ‘Sterling 1915’.
This decorative frame is offered in good condition ready for home use. I will ship worldwide.
An unusual cold painted bronze in the shape of a Far Eastern laughing gentleman. The man has wonderful colored painted detail to his clothing. If you gently shake the bronze the man’s hand and head move and his tongue also pops in and out. A superb piece of craftsmanship. I will ship worldwide please get in touch for shipping quote. This bronze is offered in perfect condition.
For sale is a beautiful large cold painted bronze in the shape of two dogs who are in love. The dogs have been cast with their heads together which looks so sweet. The dogs have great cold painted detail which includes a lovely bright green bow and both dogs are wearing hats. A superb piece of craftsmanship. The side of the boy dog is marked with a ‘Gesschutzt’. I will ship worldwide please get in touch for shipping quote. This bronze is offered in perfect condition.