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Medieval pilgrims medal

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Medieval pilgrims medal

Probably English ca 1300 gilt bronze pilgrim's medal, depicting "Veronica's veil" These medieval "souvenirs" were bought after completing arduous and often hazardou...

Gold vesta case

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Gold vesta case

Antique French gold vesta case in the shape of a shell, set with a cabochon sapphire. ca 1900

Enamelled Russian” Propaganda ” cigarette case

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Enamelled Russian” Propaganda ” cigarette case

Ca 1918 Moscow cigarette case with an inset enameled picture of Lenin delivering one of speeches to his followers. The enamel is after a famous oil painting . Avant-...

Medieval carnelian armorial seal ring

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Medieval carnelian armorial seal ring

Very rare medieval. ca 1350 carnelian armorial seal in modern high carat gold ring. These medieval armorial seals are the rarest of all the carved gems. Throughout t...

Enamelled silver pomander

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Enamelled silver pomander

"Globular" enameled silver pomander, probably German ca 1700. One side is enameled like a watch face and the other is a stylized flower ornament. The watch face side...

Seventeenth century ivory box

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Seventeenth century ivory box

Circular ivory box with a carved lid. Probably Dutch ca 1690-1700.These carved boxes were very popular in the second half of the seventeenth century, and used for va...

1880 Chinese sunglasses

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1880 Chinese sunglasses

Ca 1860-80 pair of sunglasses with the metal parts made of Paktong, the rim is made of tortoise shell and the lenses are made of cloudy rock crystal. One of the most...

“Large” ca 1600 agate cameo

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“Large” ca 1600 agate cameo

A very finely carved mid seventeenth century agate cameo portrait of a noble woman.Probably Italian ca 1600. The three colored /or layered/ gem is of a portrait of o...

Enamelled gold box with diamonds

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Enamelled gold box with diamonds

Antique enameled gold box , with a painted enamel plaque .The plaque is surrounded by a row of small diamonds set in silver.The shape of the box is curved. Probably ...

Coquilla nut snuff bottle

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Coquilla nut snuff bottle

A coquilla nut and marine ivory snuff bottle. The head and the head gear suggest that it is of a man from Java.The carving is probably by a Portuguese sailor.Ca 1780...

Ivory bottle

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Ivory bottle

Seventeenth century ivory bottle, probably German ca 1690-1700 with silver neck and silver pull off lid. Figures are carved in high relief. Measurement: 60 mm

Jasper and gold snuffbox

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Jasper and gold snuffbox

Italian ca 1810 gold an carved jasper snuffbox.The multi layered jasper is cameo carved so the figure of Mercury stands proud while the background is carved away.Wit...

Original key to Grosvenor Square

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Original key to Grosvenor Square

Key to Grosvenor Square.Ca 1800....All Central Squares in London encircled a fenced off private garden and the residents of the Square were given keys to the garden-...

Eighteenth century gilt metal snuffbox

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Eighteenth century gilt metal snuffbox

Engraved gilt metal snuffbox. Probably English ca 1780. These boxes were made by box maker silversmiths at the time and the standard weather it was made in silver or...

Small bone cross

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Small bone cross

Sailors carving ca. 1860

Eighteen century steel seal

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Eighteen century steel seal

Continental eighteen century steel seal

Eighteen century steel seal

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Eighteen century steel seal

Continental eighteen century steel seal

Ivory and brass Islamic table seal

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Ivory and brass Islamic table seal

Islamic table seal with ivory handle and brass seal

Petrified wood box with gold mounts

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Petrified wood box with gold mounts

Eighteen century box of petrified wood,with three colour gold hinges

Eighteen century silver snuff box

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Eighteen century silver snuff box

Ca 1770 German silver snuffbox in shape of a pug dog

Silver mounted ebony and ivory chess board

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Silver mounted ebony and ivory chess board

Ca 1680 ebony veneered traveling chess board with engraved silver mounts and ivory inlay. Probably German ??

1680 silver gilt Figa amulet

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1680 silver gilt Figa amulet

Italian , ca 1650-1680 gilt silver amulet/charm to deflect and protect the wearer from the "evil eye".The mano fico, also called figa, is an Italian amulet of ancien...

Eighteenth century shell and silver snuff box

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Eighteenth century shell and silver snuff box

Ca 1710-20 shell and silver snuff box. Probably English.

Rock crystal and silver reliquary

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Rock crystal and silver reliquary

ca 1600 probably Italian reliquary with rock crystal and silver. The relics are housed in nine small hollowed out dome of a large octagonal crystal. To give the back...

Belt buckle

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Belt buckle

Silver and faceted cut paste buckle. English ca 1720. The belt part must have been made of velvet or silk. For very little money these items of such exceptional qual...

Pair of cut glass bottles with silver gilt tops

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Pair of cut glass bottles with silver gilt tops

Pair of glass bottles with silver tops. Probably from a traveling case. Unmarked probably German ca 1710. The silver gilt tops unscrew. These bottles are probabl...

Sixteenth century agate salt

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Sixteenth century agate salt

Ca 1580 beautiful, veriegated agate salt. The form has been used from the early 1480 onward and often this form would be mounted in gilt silver. Salt was expensive a...

French gold vesta

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French gold vesta

Hallmarked French gold vesta case.The sides are chased with swirling flowers. Measurements:42 x 32 mm weight:22 grams

Turned ivory and gilt metal snuff box

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Turned ivory and gilt metal snuff box

ca 1750 probably German turned ivory and gilt metal snuffbox. Measurements :62 mm x 50 mm x 28 mm Turning of wood and ivory started in the early seventeenth cent...

Enameled silver pomander

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Enameled silver pomander

Seventeenth century double sided enameled silver pomander. Probably German ca 1680. Measurements : 38 mm x 22 mm Pomanders were first mentioned in European li...

Jasper and silver snuffbox

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Jasper and silver snuffbox

Eighteenth century brown jasper snuffbox with silver gilt mounts. The jasper is highly polished . Probably Italian 1760. Measurements 78 mm x 55 mm x 27 mm

Enameled gold box

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Enameled gold box

Egg shaped enameled gold box, Vienna ca. 1730-40. Original condition. Measurement :55 mm x 38 mm