The symbol that captures the Halloween spirit is the jack-o’-lantern, or carved pumpkin. Some of the earliest jack-o’-lanterns were made in Germany of composition or pressed paper. This one is in great shape. There are plenty of collectors around the world for holiday and Halloween items.
1930’s bakelite napkin rings, just stunning deep green color. Fact! The napkin ring, occasionally called a serviette ring, was originally used to identify the napkins of a household between weekly wash days. Napkin rings are an invention of the European bourgeoisie, first appearing in France about 1800 and soon spreading to all countries in the western world. Most 19th century napkin rings were made of silver or silver plate, but others were made in bone, wood, pearl embroidery, porcelain, glass, and other materials. In the 20th century bakelite and other new materials were used.
This beautiful hand crafted 1940’s sterling turquoise Native American made Navajo Indian made 26” necklace. Most jewelry made was masterfully made and skills past down through generations. One of the most important forms of Navajo and Southwestern Native American jewelry, is the Squash Blossom Necklace. Most are made of a string of plain round silver beads, interspersed with more stylized “squash blossoms”, and feature a pendant, or “naja”, hung from the center of the strand. The squash blossom beads are copied from the buttons which held together the pants worn by the Spanish, and later, Mexican caballeros. These buttons represent – and are modeled after – pomegranates
1800’s original dexterity game with black lady. The emphasis here is on steady hands, perseverance, and lots of patience rather than logical analysis. In his seminal book Puzzles Old and New published in 1893, Angelo John Lewis, writing under the pen name “Professor Louis Hoffmann” described the class of dexterity puzzles as those “which do not depend upon any secret, or intellectual process, but upon some knack, only to be obtained by repeated persistent effort of the ‘try and try again’ kind on the part of the operator.
1800’s early 1900’s art nouveau bronzed box 6” X 9” X 2 ¼”. It is very detailed it is all hand crafted design of grapes on side and fine gemstones with great design, bronze lady in center. It is marked Empire Gold Art E.J.&B. Art Nouveau is considered a “total” art style, embracing architecture, and most period decorative arts including jewelry, furniture, and other textiles. Most popular during 1890–1910. English uses the French name Art nouveau (“new art”), but the style has many different names in other countries. Academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environments.
This fantastic piece is 1880’s French bronze frame, It is masterfully made and can be used on table top or wall. This period of French bronze and art was a Neoclassical period of Rodin was trying to escape from. Bronzing and art bronzes are some of my favorite pieces in the antique world.