Susan Boos
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1906-1915.  A very rare survivor! ___________________________ This little crepe paper and wood Jenny Lind fan, made to look like a posy of flowers when folded closed, is very ordinary, except for the place it came from:  the RMS Lusitania.  Yep, THE Lusitania.  (Btw, the price on the card in the lower photo is in Australian dollars, c2011.)

1906-1915. A very rare survivor! ___________________________ This little crepe paper and wood Jenny Lind fan, made to look like a posy of flowers when folded closed, is very ordinary, except for the place it came from: the RMS Lusitania. Yep, THE Lusitania. (Btw, the price on the card in the lower photo is in Australian dollars, c2011.)

1890-1920.  FANTASTIC set, made in 3-D micromosaic!   ________________________________ The present owners (Aug,2014) are antique dealers who have never seen any micromosaic jewelry like this.  The demi-parure (the fancy name for a small set of matched jewelry) came to them without provenance:  the maker(s), place of origin, previous owners, etc, are complete mysteries.  It is also unknown whether there were ever any other pieces made for this set. Materials:  glass tiles in gold or gilt…

1890-1920. FANTASTIC set, made in 3-D micromosaic! ________________________________ The present owners (Aug,2014) are antique dealers who have never seen any micromosaic jewelry like this. The demi-parure (the fancy name for a small set of matched jewelry) came to them without provenance: the maker(s), place of origin, previous owners, etc, are complete mysteries. It is also unknown whether there were ever any other pieces made for this set. Materials: glass tiles in gold or gilt…

1760-90. Double-sided fan, "At the Couturier."  Painted paper leaf, on sticks of mother-of-pearl accented with mica on the guards.  France.  Many elegant ladies are shopping at the couturiere's, while many interested gentlemen admire them through the front shop windows.  Very unusual:  the windowpanes are fine translucent silk, so that silhouettes of the painted details stand out when the fan is held up to the light.

1760-90. Double-sided fan, "At the Couturier." Painted paper leaf, on sticks of mother-of-pearl accented with mica on the guards. France. Many elegant ladies are shopping at the couturiere's, while many interested gentlemen admire them through the front shop windows. Very unusual: the windowpanes are fine translucent silk, so that silhouettes of the painted details stand out when the fan is held up to the light.

19C, enamelled filigree brise fan, gilt silver, China.  19.3 cm long (7-3/4 inches).  Seen on eBay in August, 2014;  seller, vikymako.

19C, enamelled filigree brise fan, gilt silver, China. 19.3 cm long (7-3/4 inches). Seen on eBay in August, 2014; seller, vikymako.

c1900, a lovely bamboo brise Japanese fan, made to give a "stained glass" effect.  The oar-shaped sticks are very thin and light. At the wide ends of the "oars," the centers were cut out;  each window was then carefully covered from the back with a sliver of translucent silk.  The silk was then hand painted, in this case with a courtly scene in a garden.

c1900, a lovely bamboo brise Japanese fan, made to give a "stained glass" effect. The oar-shaped sticks are very thin and light. At the wide ends of the "oars," the centers were cut out; each window was then carefully covered from the back with a sliver of translucent silk. The silk was then hand painted, in this case with a courtly scene in a garden.

19C, probably 1840s-1860s, judging by the proportions.  Guard sticks:  19.6 cm long (8 inches).  There are no maker's  marks on this, so there's no telling where this was made;  though artisans in China and in the Middle East were highly skilled in filigree work.  There is no record of what the missing fan-leaf looked like or was made of.

19C, probably 1840s-1860s, judging by the proportions. Guard sticks: 19.6 cm long (8 inches). There are no maker's marks on this, so there's no telling where this was made; though artisans in China and in the Middle East were highly skilled in filigree work. There is no record of what the missing fan-leaf looked like or was made of.

Early 19C --- A seed pearl pendant, with 10 larger pearls (possible an earring) ---  This is interesting, because it's clearly coming apart, so we can see a bit of how it was made.  The mount is a frame of ivory or bone, pierced so that the seed pearls could be "embroidered" onto it.

Early 19C --- A seed pearl pendant, with 10 larger pearls (possible an earring) --- This is interesting, because it's clearly coming apart, so we can see a bit of how it was made. The mount is a frame of ivory or bone, pierced so that the seed pearls could be "embroidered" onto it.

19C, a Scottish gentleman's seal fob  --- carved & faceted citrine, in an elaborate gold-plated case. The initials are "WC," the motto is "Touch Not the Cat But a Glove."  Can't help wondering if there was a "with" that went missing.

a Scottish gentleman's seal fob --- carved & faceted citrine, in an elaborate gold-plated case. The initials are "WC," the motto is "Touch Not the Cat But a Glove." Can't help wondering if there was a "with" that went missing.

19C, Snake Ring --- Finger ring, gold, set with a single diamond.

Snake Ring --- Finger ring, gold, set with a single diamond.

15C --- Gem-set & enamelled lozenge-shaped gold brooch --- seen on eBay, July 2014, seller nadinekrakov, item number 281024890996 --- The brooch-pin on the back is a later addition;  there are two flat pins under the brooch pin, suggesting that this may have originally been a dress or hat mount (could it even have been for men as well as women?).

15C --- Gem-set & enamelled lozenge-shaped gold brooch --- seen on eBay, July 2014, seller nadinekrakov, item number 281024890996 --- The brooch-pin on the back is a later addition; there are two flat pins under the brooch pin, suggesting that this may have originally been a dress or hat mount (could it even have been for men as well as women?).

20C --- Leaf brooch of green plique a jour enamel, in gold brooch mount --- 2.5 x 3 cm (1" x 1.25") ---- From eBay, seller inheritit, July 2014

20C --- Leaf brooch of green plique a jour enamel, in gold brooch mount --- 2.5 x 3 cm (1" x 1.25") ---- From eBay, seller inheritit, July 2014

19C. 4 pietra dura brooches. Top brooch in the diamond-set mount is about 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall.  Seen at The French Jewelry Box shop, in Melbourne, Australia, in May, 2014.  Pietra dura is a mosaic technique using carved, real stone pieces. Malachite, agate, and bloodstone, among others, are evident here. These brooches involve some incredibly minuscule bits!  The technique is a centuries-old specialty of Italy.

19C. 4 pietra dura brooches. Top brooch in the diamond-set mount is about 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) tall. Seen at The French Jewelry Box shop, in Melbourne, Australia, in May, 2014. Pietra dura is a mosaic technique using carved, real stone pieces. Malachite, agate, and bloodstone, among others, are evident here. These brooches involve some incredibly minuscule bits! The technique is a centuries-old specialty of Italy.

A double-sided gold or gold-plated locket with a very sculptural lion on top.  Possibly Victorian, but probably Edwardian.

A double-sided gold or gold-plated locket with a very sculptural lion on top. Possibly Victorian, but probably Edwardian.