Sunday, April 5, 2020

Larter & Sons Period Rings - Gothic Era


Larter & Sons was a prolific maker of cufflinks and other gentleman's accessories during the late 19th century and through much of the 20th century.  Their output ranged from fine gold and gem-set cufflinks and dress sets to less expensive, but equally well made, cufflinks and accessories crafted in base metal.

In the early 1920s the firm created a wonderful collection of finely designed and crafted men's rings reflecting the motifs and architecture of past historic periods.  These rings were announced to the jewelry trade with a series of graphically striking advertisements that matched the beauty and theme of the rings.  Below is the advertisement for Larter's ring inspired by the Gothic period.

Larter Ancient Egypt ring advertisement.

A full size rendition of this advertisement can be viewed at Larter & Sons - Gothic Ring.  Over the next several weeks I will post the advertisements for the other Period Rings. 

Elegant cufflinks created by Later & Sons and other fine jewels
can be found in the Antique and Estate Jewelry Gallery.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

New in the Gallery - Cufflinks, Dress Sets, Brooches and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include elegantly striking cufflinks from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.

Art Nouveau diamond cufflinks. (J9526)
Art Nouveau Curves  Elegant, free flowing scrolls accented with a sparkling star-set diamond.  The sinuous, untamed curves are a hallmark of Art Nouveau design.  Finely crafted  in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.
Cost:  $865

Sapphire and frosted glass cufflinks. (CL9528)
Sapphires and Stars  Bright blue sapphires set in frosted glass disks.  The dramatic effect is like a distant star shining through wispy clouds in the night sky.  Crafted in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.
Cost:  $875

Regal blue guilloche enamel cufflinks. (J9525)
Regal Blue  Twilight blue enamels set in boldly sculpted gold cufflinks.  Beneath the enamel a finely engraved radiating pattern shimmers like a distant star in the night sky.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.
Cost:  $925

Larter Art Nouveau lucky cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J9533)
Feeling Lucky  A four-leaf clover, lucky horseshoe and wishbone assure the wearer of these Art Nouveau cufflinks the best of good fortune.  Created by Larter & Sons in 14kt gold, circa 1900.  Cost:  $745


In the Tuxedo and Dress Set Gallery you will find a recently added a moss agate tuxedo set and a full dress set with onyx centers and ornate borders by Krementz.

Larter Bros. moss agate tuxedo set. (J9534)
Moss Agates  Mesmerizing moss agates with tangles of swirling green inclusions reminiscent of floating seaweed.  This elegant tuxedo set was created by Larter Bros. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.  Cost: $1,375

Art Deco onyx dress set. (D9524)
Onyx and Scrolls  Dark onyx centers surrounded by white gold borders with an elaborate scroll-and-berry design.   An elegant set in the striking black-and-white style of the Jazz Age crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.   Cost:  Sold


New in the Brooch and Pin Gallery is an Art Nouveau brooch with an amethyst, a beautiful Carter, Howe bar pin with a sapphire and fine enamel work, and an Art Deco circle brooch set with sapphires.

Art Nouveau amethyst and enamel brooch. (J9530)
Art Nouveau Amethyst  A vibrant amethyst set amid elegant guilloche enamel work framed by a border of gold bands and interlacing Art Nouveau curves.  Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $925

Edwardian brooch with sapphire and pearls.(J9510)
Edwardian Sparkle  A beautifully enameled bar pin set with a blue sapphire and two pearls.  Created by Carter, Howe in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  Cost: $485

Art Deco sapphire circle brooch. (J9521)
Sapphires and Filigree  An elegant Art Deco circle brooch with sparkling man-made sapphires set in intricate filigree work framed by stylized leaf-and-vine borders.  Created in 14kt white and yellow gold, circa 1925.  Cost:  $365


New in the Antique Stickpin Gallery is a striking French Art Nouveau stickpin with a chimera clutching a stickpin in its maw.

French chimera and pearl stickpin (SP9536)
Chimera and Pearl  A fierce dragon clutches a luminous pearl in its maw.  This golden chimera is a wonderful example of the dramatic and at times terrifying work of French fin de siecle jewelers.  Crafted  in 18kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $675

These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Larter & Sons Period Rings - The Renaissance


Larter & Sons was a prolific maker of cufflinks and other gentleman's accessories during the late 19th century and through much of the 20th century.  Their output ranged from fine gold and gem-set cufflinks and dress sets to less expensive, but equally well made, cufflinks and accessories crafted in base metal.

In the early 1920s the firm created a wonderful collection of finely designed and crafted men's rings reflecting the motifs and architecture of past historic periods.  These rings were announced to the jewelry trade with a series of graphically striking advertisements that matched the beauty and theme of the rings.  Below is the advertisement for Larter's ring inspired by the Renaissance.

Larter Ancient Egypt ring advertisement.

A full size rendition of this advertisement can be viewed at Larter & Sons - Renaissance Ring.  Over the next several weeks I will post the advertisements for the other Period Rings. 

Elegant cufflinks created by Later & Sons and other fine jewels
can be found in the Antique and Estate Jewelry Gallery.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Larter & Sons Period Rings - Ancient Egypt


Larter & Sons was a prolific maker of cufflinks and other gentleman's accessories during the late 19th century and through much of the 20th century.  Their output ranged from fine gold and gem-set cufflinks and dress sets to less expensive, but equally well made, cufflinks and accessories crafted in base metal.

In the early 1920s the firm created a wonderful collection of finely designed and crafted men's rings reflecting the motifs and architecture of past historic periods.  These rings were announced to the jewelry trade with a series of graphically striking advertisements that matched the beauty and theme of the rings.  Below is the advertisement for Larter's ring inspired by ancient Egypt.

Larter Ancient Egypt ring advertisement.

A full size rendition of this advertisement can be viewed at Larter & Sons - Egyptian Revival Ring.  Over the next several weeks I will post the advertisements for the other Period Rings. 

Elegant cufflinks created by Later & Sons and other fine jewels
can be found in the Antique and Estate Jewelry Gallery.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St Patrick's Day!


Larter Art Nouveau lucky cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (9533)

Wishing all a happy, healthy and lucky St Patrick's Day!

This lucky pair of cufflinks features a four-leaf clover, horseshoe and wishbone to help bring the wearer good fortune.  The influence of Art Nouveau design can be seen in the sinuous curves of the lucky clover's stem as it flows into the border of the cufflinks.  Created by Larter & Sons in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

More cufflinks and fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries

Sunday, August 25, 2019

New in the Gallery - Cufflinks, Dress Sets, Stickpins and Brooches.


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include shimmering moss agate cufflinks, as well as sporting cufflinks for the fishing and golf enthusiast.

Sloan anglers cufflinks. (J9513)
Angler's Delight  Fish energetically fighting the line and finely detailed fishing lures inhabit reverse intaglios set atop these aquatic cufflinks.  Created by Sloan & Company in 14kt gold circa 1950.  Cost:  $865

Moss agate cufflinks. (J9518)
Moss Agate  Mesmerizing moss agates set in yellow gold.  The moss agates swirl with a tangle of green inclusions evocative of seaweed floating in filtered sunlight along the bottom of the sea.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920.  Cost:  Sold

Lenox Club golf cufflinks. (J9465)
Lenox Golf  Victorian cufflinks celebrating an important milestone at the Lenox Golf Club in the Berkshires - perhaps a club championship or course opening.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1897.  Cost:  $925


In the Tuxedo and Dress Set Gallery you will find a recently added onyx and diamond tuxedo set, a Carrington pearl and mother-of-pearl tuxedo set, and a full dress set with shimmering moonstones set in platinum, also by Carrington.

Onyx and diamond tuxedo set. (J9497)
Onyx and Diamond  Sculpted onyx centers set with sparkling diamonds surrounded by bright white gold borders of alternating raised and recessed edges.  An elegant study in black and white. Crafted in 18kt gold, circa 1950.  Cost: $1,425

Carrington mother-of-pearl and pearl cufflinks. (J9429)
Classic Pearls  An elegant tuxedo set with shimmering mother-of-pearl and pearl centers surrounded by white gold borders polished to a bright finish.  Created by Carrington & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1930.  
Cost: $1,265

Carrington moonstone dress set. (J9512)
Carrington Moonstone  The ethereal light of moonstone set in the cool brilliance of platinum reflecting the elegance of Art Deco design with a touch of moonlit romance.  Crafted  in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1925.  Cost:  $3,250


New in the Brooch and Pin Gallery is an Art Nouveau brooch set with sapphires and a pearl, a Hans Brassler brooch with diamonds and a sapphire, and a Brassler pin inspired by the ancient world with a modern twist.

Art Nouveau sapphire and pearl brooch. (J9240)
Sapphires and Pearl  A dramatic Art Nouveau brooch with dark sapphires and a pearl set amid flowing golden curves reminiscent of a moth's wings.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.  Cost:  $445

Hans Brassler pearl brooch. (J9387)
Ancient Pearl  A hint of ancient Egypt, or perhaps it is ancient Greece, graces this diminutive pearl brooch created by Hans Brassler.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  Cost:  $365

Brassler sapphire and diamond brooch. (J9324)
Sapphire and Diamond A vibrant sapphire and sparkling diamonds set in a "trellis" brooch created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   Cost: $485


New in the Antique Stickpin Gallery is an elegant lapis lazuli and amethyst stickpins created by Hans Brassler and an Art Deco stickpin fit for a pharaoh.

Brassler lapis lazuli stickpin. (J9519)
Medieval Elegance  A rich blue lapis lazuli framed in an elegant setting reflecting the late Victorian interest in the arts and designs of the Middle Ages.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold,  circa 1910.  
Cost:  $465

Hans Brassler amethyst and diamond stickpin. (J9501)
Amethyst and Diamond  A rich purple amethyst rests between rising volutes accented with laurel leaves.  Beneath the laurel wreath a small diamond sparkles.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  
Cost:  $525

Art Deco Egyptain Revival Stickpin (J9517).
Egyptian Deco  A golden pharaoh with an elaborate layered headdress peers from above a small pearl cradled in a torc or "C" scroll.  This classic example of Art Deco sculpture was created by Bippart, Griscom in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.  Cost:  $385

These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The "TH" Cufflink Maker Revealed


Heidell & Trow "Black and White" Cufflinks, circa 1925.
Heidell & Trow "Black and White" Cufflinks, circa 1925
Several years ago I wrote an article, The Mystery of the TH Maker Revisited, about the affinity between the cufflinks of an unidentified maker who signed pieces "TH" and those of the Irving Heidelscheimer company.

Since that time additional facts have come to light and the identity of the "TH" maker has been revealed.  Earlier this year while reviewing early issues of the Jewelers Circular (a jewelry trade journal founded in 1869) I came across an intriguing notice in a 1919 issue reporting that the Irving Manufacturing Co. (formerly Irving Heidelscheimer) had incorporated and changed its name to Heidell & Trow Co.  The new firm was to maintain the workshop and operations of the predecessor and was to be managed by Irving Heidell and George Swift Trow.  Heidell & Trow seemed a likely suspect for the mysterious "TH" maker.

Heidell & Trow "Anthemion Square" Cufflinks circa 1925.
Heidell & Trow "Anthemion Square" Cufflinks circa 1925
Further research confirmed that in 1922 Heidell & Trow registered the "T over H" trademark for use with jewelry.  A copy of the trademark registration notice is shown below and several further examples of Heidell & Trow cufflinks follow.

Heidell & Trow trademark registration.
Heidell & Trow trademark registration.

Heidell & Trow "Rippling Pond" Cufflinks, circa 1925.
Heidell & Trow "Rippling Pond" Cufflinks, circa 1925
Heidell & Trow "Black & Gold" Cufflinks, circa 1925.
Heidell & Trow "Black & Gold" Cufflinks, circa 1925
Heidell & Trow "Big Bang" Cufflinks, circa 1925
Heidell & Trow "Big Bang" Cufflinks, circa 1925

Additional examples of vintage cufflinks by Heidell & Trow and other makers can be found in the Antique Cufflink Gallery.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Back Story - Radiant Jazz Cufflinks



http://www.jewelryexpert.com/catalog/Richardson-Radiant-Wave-Cufflinks-J9286.htm
Radiant Jazz Art Deco cufflink.

The imagination and creativity of the cufflink makers of the late 19th and early 20th century is undoubted.  A quick scan of the Antique Cufflink Gallery is all that is needed to confirm.  What may be lesser known is that the same level of inventiveness and artistry is often evident in the linkages devised to hold the fronts and backs of the cufflinks together.

A hundred years ago cufflinks makers wrestled with two challenges:  to create cufflinks that could be easily put on a cuff and that would also remain safely in place when worn.  The inventive spirit of the age was brought to bear on this issue and a great variety of linkage designs and mechanisms was created.  The striking Art Deco cufflink pictured offers an interesting example of linkage design.  It was created around 1925 by the Richardson Manufacturing Co.


Art Deco cufflink, circa 1925
Reverse of Art Deco cufflink.

The linkage features a dramatically cut-out bridge that is hinged at one end and rigidly attached at the other. The hinged end allows the top of the cufflink to lie flush against the bridge as it passes through a button hole and the rigid end serves as a "push plate" allowing the wearer's thumb to help ease the cufflink through the cuff. As more angular, sometimes geometrically complex cufflinks came into fashion during the Art Deco era a little encouragement of the cufflink through the cuff was sometimes needed.

Once the front of the cufflink passed through the button hole, the top opened and lay flat against the cuff securely anchoring the cufflink in place. The design is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The same careful thought that was applied to the design and crafting of the finely decorated tops was also applied to the linkages.


More examples of fine antique cufflinks can be found


Saturday, October 13, 2018

New in the Gallery - Cufflinks and Brooches


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include a colorful rainbow of opal, amethyst, jade and heliotrope cufflinks along with a classic button-style tuxedo set from Carrington & Company.


Custom opal cufflinks. (J9468)
Opal Fireworks  Brilliant opals dance with color like fireworks in the night sky.  A mesmerizing display of subtle flashes of blue, green and red that is beautifully captivating.  Custom crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1975   Cost:  $875


George O. Street tiger eye cufflinks. (J9408)

Tiger Eye  Beautiful tiger eyes set in finely crafted yellow gold.  The tiger eyes have dark brown/black edges shading to golden honey centers.  These elegant cufflinks were created by George O. Street in 14kt gold, circa 1920.   Cost:  $885


Carrington jade cufflinks. (J9462)

Carrington Jade II  Elegantly colorful cufflinks with striking mottled green jades set in gold.  The mysterious green depths of the jade play beautifully against the warm glow of the yellow gold.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $675


Riker Bros. heliotrope cufflinks. (J9460)

Heliotrope  Mesmerizing heliotropes (also known as bloodstones) smolder like burning embers amid ashes.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1940.   Cost:  $785


Carrington white tie dress set. (J9419)

Carrington Classic  A full dress set with pearl and mother-and-pearl centers surrounded by classic reeded and tied borders.  Created with Carrington & Co's inimitable sense of design and craftsmanship in 14kt white and rose gold,  circa 1925.   Cost:  $2,650


Carrington amethyst cufflinks. (J9458)

Purple and Gold  Regal purple amethysts set in brightly polished yellow gold.  These elegant cufflinks were created by Carrington & Co. 14kt gold,  circa 1900.   Cost:  $725



In the Antique Brooch Gallery a stunning Art Nouveau amethyst brooch by Whiteside & Blank and a Hans Brassler coral brooch have been added.

Art Nouveau amethyst and pearl brooch. (J9325)

Amethyst and Pearls  Beautiful Art Nouveau curves envelop a vibrant amethyst.  The flowing design is accented with four small pearls.  Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $625


Brassler coral brooch. (J9274)

Brassler Coral  A glowing coral cabochon amid an intriguing geometry of neoclassical and east Asian motifs. An early Art Deco brooch created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   Cost:  $725


These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Friday, July 20, 2018

New in the Gallery - Cufflinks and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include striking purple enamel and pearl cufflinks by Carrington & Co. and elegant moss agate links by Larter & Sons.


Carrington purple enamel and pearl cufflinks. (J9476)
Carrington Purple  Striking purple enamel above a finely engraved pattern of radiating scalloped circles centered with a small luminous pearl.  A beautiful example of the guilloche enamel cufflinks of the early 1900s. Created in 14kt gold, circa 1925.   Cost:  Sold


Moss agate cufflinks crafted in gold. (J9472)

Moss Agate   Elegant moss agate cabochons set in polished gold bezels.  The moss agates swirl with beautiful green strands reminiscent of seaweed floating in filtered sunlight beneath the ocean's surface. Crafted in 10kt gold, circa 1950.   Cost:  Sold



In the Antique Stickpin Gallery there is Atlas supporting the weight of the world, a fiery Art Nouveau chimera by Carter, Howe and a fierce lion clutching a diamond.

Atlas stickpin. (J9475)

Atlas and the Pillars  Atlas carries the weight of the world on his shoulders framed by two classically-inspired pillars and a soaring arch.  This finely modeled, richly detailed stickpin is a miniature work of sculpture crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1920.   Cost:  $485


Art Noveau fiery chimera stickpin. (J9474)

Fiery Dragon  A fierce dragon with a fiery red eye and a curling tail of flame-like acanthus leaves perches atop a finely sculpted Art Nouveau stickpin. Created by Carter, Howe in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $425


Fierce lion with diamond stickpin. (J9467)

Fierce Lion  A lion fiercely grasps a diamond in his snarling maw while staring menacingly with fiery red eyes.  The lion is beautifully sculpted with a finely detailed mane and an intensely watchful gaze.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920.   Cost:  $475


These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries


Friday, June 15, 2018

New in the Gallery - Cufflinks, Dress Sets and Stickpins


Recent additions to the Antique Cufflink Gallery include elegant dress sets by Carrington, a pair of elegantly opulent cufflinks from the Gilded Age and several finely crafted cufflinks from the 1920s.


Carrington diamond and mother-of-pearl cufflinks. (J9463)

The Gilded Age  Laurel wreathes finely sculpted in platinum surround mother-of-pearl centers set with diamonds.  These elegant cufflinks sparkle with Gilded Age opulence.  Created by Carrington & Co. in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1900.   Cost:  $1,325


Elegantly engraved gold cufflinks. (J9450)

Golden Elegance  Beautifully crafted cufflinks with richly detailed centers surrounded by borders of writhing, flame-like scrolls.  These cufflinks glow on the cuff with a golden elegance.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920.    Cost:  $625


Art Deco cufflinks with rose garlands. (J9461)

Garlands and Swags  Celebratory yellow gold centers festooned with rose garlands and surrounded by white gold borders with scrolling foliate motifs.  These elegant cufflinks date from the Jazz Age of the 1920s.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.   Cost:  $875


Carrington onyx and pearl dress set. (J9454)

Onyx and Pearl  Elegant onyx centers surrounded by finely engraved platinum and set with small luminous pearls.  This full dress set epitomizes the sophisticated elegance of the Art Deco era.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1925.  Cost:  $2,575


Carrington white tie dress set. (J9419)

Carrington Classic  A full dress set with pearl and mother-and-pearl centers surrounded by classic reeded and tied borders.  Created with Carrington & Co's inimitable sense of design and craftsmanship in 14kt white and rose gold,  circa 1925.   Cost:  $2,650



In the Antique Stickpin Gallery we feature swooping bats, ancient columns and a trilogy of stickpins set with beautiful gemstones.

Art Nouveau bat stickpin. (J9470)

The Bat  A bat swoops down from atop a golden stickpin with a beguiling mien of charm and menace.  Created by Riker Bros. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   Cost:  $465


Riker Bros. classical ruins stickpin. (J9457)

Ancient Architecture  Diminutive ruins of the classical world rendered in gold and accented with a luminous pearl and three ember-like rubies. A finely crafted architectural stickpin created by Riker Bros. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
Cost:  $475


Art Deco coral and platinum stickpin. (J9464)

Art Deco Coral  A glowing coral cabochon rests in a finely sculpted platinum bezel with two swirling Art Deco curls anchoring the gemstone.  The bright sheen of the platinum contrasts beautifully with the ruddy pinkish hues of the coral.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold, circa 1930.    Cost:  $475


Alling amethyst and arch stickpin. (J9455)

Amethyst and Arch   A rich purple amethyst set beneath a sweeping neoclassical arch with a fleur-de-lys at the apex and a heart motif at the base. A wonderful example of the imaginative, eclectic designs of the early 1900s.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   Cost:  $435


Hans Brassler citrine stickpin. (J9466)

Citrine and Scrolls  A finely cut citrine with rich golden honey tones glows like a smoldering ember amid fluid, twisting scrolls.  This striking stickpin was created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    
Cost:  $485


These and other fine jewels from the past can be found in
the Antique and Estate Jewelry Galleries