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CUFFLINKS & TIE BARS & TIE TACKS

Scottsdale, Arizona jeweler, H. Fred Skaggs, opened a shop in the Lloyd Kiva Craft Center in 1956, a collection of shops that included prominent Native American artists such as Charles Loloma.  His jewelry designs were of both silver and gold, usually incorporating gemstones.  His modernist designed inspired an "entire generation of celebrated and highly collectible silver artists." Skaggs died in 1982. (taken from MODERN SILVER magazine, "All About Cufflinks Part lV" by Patrick Kapty.

FRED SKAGGS STERLING & BLUE SPINEL CUFFLINKS

A  handmade pair of modernist, sterling cufflinks by Fred Skaggs with what I believe is royal blue spinel; original oxidations;  each is about 1" x 3/4"; no scratches on the stones but there are a couple of small pits in one of the stones that I believe are natural; each is marked: "STERLING, HAND MADE, H. FRED SKAGGS;" toggle findings; some light surface wear,otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item BRS001)

Swedish-born Olaf Skoogfors thought of his jewelry as sculpture that could stand alone as art. He had a studio in Philadelphia,and taught at the Philadelphia College of Art. He had a distinguished career in metalsmithing and is widely recognized for his work which is in the permanent collection of many museums in the US, Canada, and Europe.  He died in 1975 at the age of 45. (from my books, Modernist Jewerly, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement, and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970.  These cufflinks come from a private collection and are very rare.

1950'S OLAF SKOOGFORS STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of rare, substantial, sterling silver cufflinks by Olaf Skoogors, c. 1950's; about 3/4" diameter; marked: "OS, STERLING; fine condition; from an older Skoogfors collection.

SOLD (item MB0S001)

1950'S OLAF SKOOGFORS STERLING CUFFLINKS

From the same older collection is another great pair of rare, substantial, sterling silver cufflinks by Olaf Skoogors, c. 1950's; about 3/4" diameter; marked: "OS, STERLING; fine condition.

SOLD (item MB0S002)

Art Smith (1917-1982) was a New York silversmith who's African American heritage influenced his sculptural jewelry forms.  More than any other modernist jeweler of his day, Art Smith was concerned with ornamenting the human form.  His primitive-inspired, biomorphic constructions can only be truly understood in relation to the body. "A piece of jewelry, he said, "is a whatisit? until you relate it to the body...Like line, form and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the basic inspirations in creating form...  Art Smith's work is featured at the Brooklyn Museum in a permanent exhibit and is in the collections of many major museums and collections.

 His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.  See also: http://www.modernsilver.com/villagetovogue/villagetovogue.htm

ART SMITH HANDMADE GOLD CUFFLINKS WITH AMETHYSTS

Large, beautifully designed gold cufflinks with amethysts by Art Smith; each is about 1-1/8" x 7/8"; constructed in two layers so the amethyst cabochons float in between; has typical Art Smith patination on parts of the gold; findings are marked "14K" and cufflinks are marked "Art Smith" (in script); cufflinks come from a private New York collection of a couple who purchased these and other pieces directly from Smith; fine condition.

It is rare to find gold cufflinks by Art Smith and the design of this pair rivals any I've seen by Smith or by any other jewelers of note.

SOLD (item #M1027)

Art Smith (1917-1982) was a New York silversmith who's African American heritage influenced his sculptural jewelry forms.  More than any other modernist jeweler of his day, Art Smith was concerned with ornamenting the human form.  His primitive-inspired, biomorphic constructions can only be truly understood in relation to the body. "A piece of jewelry, he said, "is a whatisit? until you relate it to the body...Like line, form and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the basic inspirations in creating form...(the question is) not how do bracelets go, but what can be done with an arm?"

Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, The Wearable Art Movement.

ART SMITH GOLD CUFFLINKS WITH ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE COINS

An exquisite pair of gold cufflinks by Art Smith; ancient bronze Greek coins set in oxidized disks; ingeniously designed backs; each is approximately 1" diameter; marked: "Art Smith" in script; fine condition.

$1,650.00 (item #BR001)

Allan Adler (1916-2002) was a master silversmith who worked in the Arts and Crafts tradition, but expressed himself in the simple, clean lines of modernism. He had a shop on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and became popular among the rich and famous of Hollywood.

ALLAN ADLER MODERNIST STERLING CUFFLINKS

An exquisite pair of mid 20th century modernist, sterling cufflinks by Allan Adler; each is about 5/8" x just under 14"; excellent condition, marked: "ALLAN ADLER, STERLING.

$345.00 (item #SMCL001)

Just Andersen (1884-1943)  was a Danish sculptor and silversmith.  In 1918, he opened his own workshop in  Copenhagen.  He worked in pewter, bronze, and silver.  In the mid-1920s and 1930s he worked for the Swedish companies Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) and Guldsmedsaktiebolaget (GAB) in Stockholm.

JUST ANDERSEN, DENMARK, STERLING MODERNIST CUFFLINKS

Just Andersen, sterling, modernist cufflinks, probably c. 1930s-40s; the design has an Art Deco look; each is about 3/4" x 5/8"; excellent condition, marked: "JUSTA, STERLING, DANMARK, 153;" findings are marked: "830S."

SOLD (item #SMCL002)

Kurt Eric Christoffersen began his life in 1926, near Ringsted Denmark.  He studied goldsmithing in the Copenhagen firm of A. Michelsen, jewelers to the Royal Danish Court.  He later graduated from the Danish Academy of Arts and Crafts and received the coveted Silver Medal for Excellence from the Danish Gold and Silversmith's Guild.  After the war, In 1949, Kurt returned to the United States where he worked for Shreve, Crump, and Low.

His original work, exhibited in libraries and other venues around the Boston area, was noticed by a representative of the International Silver Company who offered him a him position.


An International Sterling Craft Associates catalog contains two sections, one titled "La Paglia Designed" and the other "Christoffersen Designed."

The section titled "Christoffersen Designed" includes this paragraph:

"A unique collection of sterling jewelry exquisitely wrought by the art of a master silversmith...masterpieces of sophisticated contemporary originality designed with a timeless beauty. Created with care and in a limited number, this collection includes handsome tailored accessories for ladies and men...in matched sets or individual pieces, with wide range of appeal, from whimsical conversation pieces to the timeless beauty of Nature


Taken from "Christoffersen Designed, Danish/American Silversmith Kurt Eric Christoffersen", MODERN SILVER magazine Feb./March, 2005.

1950'S KURT ERIC CHRISTOFFERSEN STERLING "BILLIARD" CUFFLINKS

Great, modern design cufflinks by Danish silversmith, Kurt Eric Christoffersen, c. 1950s. Christoffersen worked in the United States for International Silver. You can find excellent biographical information about him with pictures of his work in MODERN SILVER magazine's article, "Christoffersen Designed."

The cufflinks, titled "Billiards" are approximately  7/8" x close to 5/8" (good size); excellent condition; marked: "International Sterling, Christoffersen Designed."

SOLD (item #SMCL003)

Silversmith, George Jensen (1866-1935) founded his company in 1904 in Copenhagen.  Because of his astute business skills and excellent sense of design, he experienced success early-on and, by 1910, the year that he won a gold medal at the Brussels Expo, he was already exporting his jewelry to London and Paris.

His early work was in the skonvirke style, often in high relief with moonstones, lapis, amber, coral, garnet, etc.  The company continued after Jensen's death and produced jewelry in many different styles by some of the best Scandinavian designers. 

The name "Georg Jensen" in synonymous with quality and jewelry from every decade is highly collectible.

GEORG JENSEN STERLING HORSE HEAD CUFFLINKS, #63

Beautiful, vintage Georg Jensen sterling cufflinks with horse heads created in relief; both cufflinks have the early "GI" mark and "Georg Jensen" in a dotted oval so I believe they are an early pairprobably made about 1915; each cufflink is about 3/4" diameter; one is marked "GI, 63" and "STERLING, DENMARK" and the other is marked "Georg Jensen (in a dotted oval--most likely the earlier version), 63," and "STERLING, DENMARK;" the pair is in excellent condition.

SOLD (item #SMCL004) 

VINTAGE, 1915-1930, GEORG JENSEN STERLING CUFFLINKS, 61A

An iconic pair of Georg Jensen sterling cufflinks, #61A, c.1915-1930; each plaque is about 5/8" x 3/8" with chain between; cufflinks are marked "GI" (in dotted circle, "925, STERLING, DENMARK;" fine condition. 

These cufflinks are pictured in "Georg Jensen, A Tradition of Splendid Silver" by Janet Drucker, pg. 69

$325.00 (item #SMMJ003)

GEORG JENSEN CUFFLINKS

George Jensen sterling cufflinks; c. 1950s; size about 7/8" diameter;  stamped: "GEORGE JENSEN" in dotted circles and "STERLING DENMARK 60 A;" bar on one of the links is slightly curved, but can be easily straightened or worn as is; otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #KAR002)

Antonio Pineda  (1919-2009) was born in Taxco, where his family had lived for generations. His artistry will go down in history as one of the very best from Mexico's metalsmiths.  His warm and unforgettable personality and his brilliance live on through the beautiful pieces he created.  

Though his earliest work includes natural subjects and traditional early Mexican designs, his later work, beginning in the 1950s is done in a highly modernist tradition with great ingenuity and quality. His work is some of the most desirable of all that was done in Taxco during his lifetime.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

See also: http://www.modernsilver.com/antoniopinedamemorial.htm
http://www.modernsilver.com/antoniointerview.html

http://www.modernsilver.com/Antoniointaxco.htm

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING & ONYX CUFFLINKS

A beautiful pair of cufflinks by Antonio Pineda in sterling and onyx; these have never been monogrammed!  Each is about 1"(including the crown on top) x 3/4"; marked on reverse:  'HECHO EN MEXICO, 970," with the Antonio crown stamp (on one link) and "SCC" (surrounded by  "COOP AND "LOS CASTILLO) and eagle mark with #58; a small bit of surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$375.00 (item#APC001) NEW!

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING AND CARVED, TIGER'S EYE CAMEO CUFFLINKS

A rare and early pair of cufflinks by Antonio Pineda; sterling shields with what I believe are hand-carved, tiger's eye cameos; each is about 1-1/8" x almost 1/4" wide; marked with early eagle stamp with "17," Antonio crown stamp with "ANTONIO, TAXCO and 970," on one link and "STERLING, MEXICO, SILVER" on the other; fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPAP001)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING CUFFLINKS AND TIE BAR

A very substantial pair of modern design cufflinks and tie bar set by Antonio Pineda; each cufflinks is slightly over 1" x slightly over 1/2" x 1/8" thick; tie bar is about 1-1/4" x 1/4" x 18" thick; one link is marked: "HECHO EN MEXICO," and eagle mark with "17," and the other is marked with the Antonio crown stamp with "ANTONIO, TAXCO" and 970," tie bar is marked with all the above stamps; fine condition.

$265.00 (item #HPAP002)

ANTONIO PINEDA MID 20TH CENTURY 970 STERLING & ONYX CUFFLINKS

A great pair of modernist cufflinks by Antonio Pineda; ingenious slanted, cube design with oxidized recesses and onyx; each is about 5/8" square; marks are "970 SILVER," eagle mark with an illegible number; Antonio crown mark, and " STERLING, MEXICO;" excellent condition.

$475.00 (item #SMCL005)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of modernist, sterling cufflinks, each is about 1-1/8" x 3/4"; marked with the Antonio crown stamp, eagle stamp with number #58, and what appears to be "LOS CASTILLO, 925," and other illegible marks; good patina, fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMX068)

ANTOINIO PINEDA STERLING, ONYX & PEARL CUFFLINKS

A beautiful, and rare pair of Antonio Pineda handmade cufflinks; each are about 1-3/16" square with inlaid onyx corners; onyx "corners" are slightly different in size as are the ovals that hold the pearls that are also slightly different in both size and color; one is lustrous pearl with a very slight pinkish luster and the other is a whiter pearl without as much luster, though both are beautiful pearls  (either cultured or natural--not sure);  perhaps they were simply made by separate artisans, or simply show the creativity and artistry of one maker;  marked with the Antonio crown stamp, "HECHO EN MEXICO, 970, eagle stamp with what appears to be "17;" fine condition.

$385.00 (item #KZC002)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING PETROGLYPH CUFFLINKS

A great pair of handmade, sterling oval cufflinks by Antonio Pineda with cut-out petroglyph design; each oval is about 1-1/2" x 1-1/8" (large); one is marked with the Antonio crown stamp, "970," and the other is marked: "VJ" surrounded by "TAXCO, MEXICO" and an eagle mark with #3; a little roughness around the edges and some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #AAX005)

E. Peter Peterson graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City with a degree in fine arts. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silkscreen, sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Students League.  She was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.  She exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 1955 Contemporary Jewelry Design Quarterly exhibit. 

Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY P. NASS  (E. PETER PETERSON)

A rare and wonderful pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, E. Peter Peterson (who signed "P. Nass"); each is about 1-1/4" long x 3/8" wide (just slightly more); each cufflink is marked: "P. NASS, STERLING;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ001)

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY P. NASS  (E. PETER PETERSON)

A great pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, E. Peter Peterson (who signed "P. Nass"); each is about 1-1/8" long x 5/16"" wide; each cufflink is marked: "P. NASS, STERLING;" fine condition.

E. Peter Peterson graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City with a degree in fine arts. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silkscreen, sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Students League.  She was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.  She exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 1955 Contemporary Jewelry Design Quarterly exhibit.  This information is from my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.

SOLD (item #SMMJ001)

Studio jeweler J. Arnold Frew, worked in Arcadia, California in the 1950s.  Many of his customers were Hollywood celebrities.  Like other studio  jewelers of his day, Frew created one-of-kind pieces in silver, mostly undecorated and modern. He also worked in the lost wax process.

Information from my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING FISH CUFFLINKS BY ARNOLD FREW

A fabulous pair of handmade sterling cufflinks in the shape of fish, by California, mid 20th century jeweler, Arnold Frew; each is about 1-1/4" long x 1/2";  each cufflink is marked: 'FREW;" fine condition.

$450.00 (item #SMMJ002)

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY ARNOLD FREW

A great pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by California, mid 20th century jeweler, Arnold Frew; each is about 1" diameter; marked: "FREW;" fine condition.

Studio jeweler J. Arnold Frew, worked in Arcadia, California in the 1950s.  Many of his customers were Hollywood celebrities.  Like other studio  jewelers of his day, Frew created one-of-kind pieces in silver, mostly undecorated and modern. He also worked in the lost wax process.

Information from my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

SOLD (item #SMMJ006)

Winifred Clark Shaw attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where, in 1953, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in metalsmithing and a minor in weaving. Her large body of work demonstrates her refined sense of color and material in both linear and three-dimensional design. Of particular interest are her pieces that combine original weavings with metals.

Shaw participated in many important national mid-20th century exhibits including Midwest Designer Craftsmen (1954), The Chicago Art Institute; American Jewelry Today (1963), Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Craftsmen of the Eastern States (1963), Worcester, Massachusetts; Jewelry 64 (1964), State University College, Plattsburgh, New York; Decorative Arts Exhibition (1964), Wichita, Kansas; as well as many juried exhibitions in New Hampshire and a retrospective exhibit at the University of New Hampshire in 1987.

Her work was also included in the League of New Hampshire exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Winifred Clark Shaw taught jewelry making and weaving at the University of New Hampshire for thirty-three years beginning in 1954.

Source: Win's Best: The Jewelry and Weaving of Winifred Clark Shaw, The University of New Hampshire, 1987

WINIFRED CLARK SHAW, CUFFLINKS & TIE BAR

A rare, handmade set by Winifred Clark Shaw;  sterling and wood cufflinks with tie bar; cufflink cubes are each 5/8" square x 3/8" high; wooden section of tie bar is about 3/4" square, total length of the tie bar is approximately 1-3/8"; all pieces are marked: "WIN., STERLING; " fine condition.

$350.00 (item #SMMJ015)

Rumanian-born, American studio jeweler Paul Lobel (1899 - 1983) was also a sculptor and designer of glass, furniture and silver hollowware. He had a studio/shop in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1940s and 50s. His work has been included in many museum exhibitions and he was at the forefront of the American Modernist studio jewelry movement. 

Biographies of Paul Lobel and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives:
www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

PAUL LOBEL STERLING, HANDMADE CUFFLINKS

A beautiful, classic pair of cufflinks by mid 20th century New York jeweler, Paul Lobel; each is approximately 7/8" x slightly under 1/2"; each is marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ009)

PAUL LOBEL STERLING CUFFLINKS

Paul Lobel cufflinks; handmade figure-eight link back; approximately 5/8" X 5/8"; marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" slight surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #MS-M0365)

Margaret De Patta (1904-1964) is probably the most seminal figure ever to work within the modernist tradition of jewelry design during the mid 20th century. She was raised in San Diego, California, where she studied painting and sculpture for two years at the local art academy, before moving to San Francisco to attend the California School of Fine Arts. In 1926, she won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Arts Students League in New York, where she was exposed to the work of the European avant-garde. Upon her return to San Francisco two years later to marry, she became interested in jewelry making when she could not find a wedding band that suited her modernist taste. Always self-directed, she taught herself the craft. In the years that followed, she found exploring space in three-dimensions to be more compelling than two, and so gave up painting to devote herself entirely to jewelry making. For De Patta, jewelry design shared many of the same concerns as modern architecture and sculpture, as they were both involved with “space, form, tension, organic structure, scale, texture, interpenetration, superimposition, and economy of means.” 

For more information, please see MODERN SILVER magazine, "Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of  Margaret De Patta"  and my books: Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

MARGARET DE PATTA STERLING CUFFLINKS

Margaret De Patta sterling cufflinks; one of my favorite De Patta cufflink designs; each is about 1" x 3/4"; marked: "de patta, STERLING" and De Patta's stamp; fine condition.

This pair dates to the 1940s, was in De Patta's production line and is pictured in Space, Light, and Structure, The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta.

SOLD  (item #SMM100)

Sam Kramer (1913-1964) is best-known for his unconventional modernist jewelry, much of it biomorphic or anthropomorphic in design. He studied jewelry making at the University of Southern California in the 1930s.  He studied gemology at New York University in 1939 and, that same year opened his own shop in Greenwich Village, later moving to West Eighth Street.  His jewelry is unique and truly sculptural.  It continues to be sought after by collectors of mid 20th Century handmade modernist jewelry.

His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

SAM KRAMER STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of Sam Kramer sterling amoeboid cufflinks, c. 1940s-50s; about 1-1/4" x 3/4"; stamped with Kramer mushroom mark and: "STERLING;" fine condition.

This pair of cufflinks is pictured in my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement on page 31.

SOLD (item #BR002)

SAM KRAMER STERLING CUFFLINKS

Substantial  Sam Kramer sterling cufflinks, c. 1940s-50s; layered biomorphic, three-dimensional design; about 1" x 7/8"; stamped with Kramer's mushroom stamp; fine condition.

SOLD (item #BR003)

Irvin and Bonnie Burkee were a husband and wife team who created jewelry in the modernist tradition beginning in the 1940s.  Irvin died in 2007.  A more complete biography can be found in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and their work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives:
www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

IRVIN & BONNIE BURKEE MODERNIST STERLING CUFFLINKS

A wonderful pair of mid 20th century modernist cufflinks by Irvin and Bonnie Burkee; each is about 1-1/8" x 3/4"; one is marked: "STERLING" and the other, "BURKEE;" nice patina, fine condition.

 $250.00 (item #SMM029)

Josephine and Antoinette Catanzaro were sisters from a large Sicilian family from Buffalo, New York.  In the 1950s, through a course in jewelry making, the sisters discovered a lifetime passion for metalworking. In 1959, they opened a shop called The house of Crafts in Buffalo where they had an onsite studio for creating their own pieces in silver and gold.  they exhibited their work, widely, in the U.S. and sold through retail craft outlets in New York and Boston.

Information about the Josephine and Antoinette Catanzaro and photographs of their work can be found in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and theri work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

TONI CATANZARO STERLING TIE BAR

Fabulous, sculptural tie bar by mid 20th century American jeweler, Toni Catanzaro; about 2-1/2" long 1/4"wide; marked: "TONI CATANZARO;" fine condition with great patina.

$350.00 (item #SMM021)

Esther Lewittes was a Los Angeles, California studio jeweler who worked in the mid 20th Century modernist style. Her work was included in the exhibition: "Structure and Ornament, American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1960" at the Fifty-50 Gallery, New York, 1984.  Her work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and her work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.

ESTHER LEWITTES STERLING AND EBONY CUFFLINKS

A sleek, elegant pair of Esther Lewittes sterling and ebony cufflinks; about 1" x 3/4"; signed: "Lewittes, STERLING;" fine condition.

$275.00 (item #BR004)

ESTHER LEWITTES STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of machine-age sterling cufflinks by Esther Lewittes, great, clean design and good weight; about  1" x 3/8"; signed in script: "Lewittes" on the findings; fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMM010)

Robert and Audrey Engstrom are known for their unique, handmade jewelry both in silver and in enamel on copper. They worked independently, but it is difficult to know which partner (they were husband and wife) created the pieces on my website, though the enamel work was probably mostly done by Audrey.  More information, photographs and a short biography can be found in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and their work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.

ROBERT & AUDREY ENGSTROM ENAMEL ON COPPER CUFFLINKS

Modern design mid-20th century enamel on copper cufflinks by Robert & Audrey Engstrom; approximately 1" square; signed "Engstrom" (in script); some very minor enamel loss on the edges and corners and a little oxidation on the reverse, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0253)

Rey Urban studied at the Swedish Royal College of Arts, Crafts and Design in the1950s. He was awarded was awarded his master certificate as a silversmith in 1955, and his work has been shown in exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark and other countries.  Urban's pieces are beautifully designed, miniature sculptures to wear.

REY URBAN, SCULPTURAL MODERNIST CUFFLINKS

A highly sculptural, three-dimensional pair of textured sterling cufflinks by Rey Urban, Denmark; each sectioned circle is about 1" diameter x 1/2" high; each is marked: "A. FAUSING, 925 STERLING, DENMARK," and "Rey Urban" (in script); fine condition. stunning pair of sterling and chrysoprase, hand wrought cufflinks by the Kalo workshop; each is about 7/8" x 5/8"; each is marked: "HAND WROUGHT, STERLING, KALO; fine condition.

Rey Urban studied at the Swedish Royal College of Arts, Crafts and Design in the1950s. He was awarded was awarded his master certificate as a silversmith in 1955, and his work has been shown in exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark and other countries. Urban's pieces are beautifully designed, miniature sculptures to wear.

SOLD (item #SMMJ008)

Hans Hansen (1884-1940) opened his workshop in Kolding, Denmark in 1906.  His early work was mostly hollowware, though he began producing jewelry   when his son, Karl Gustav, at the age of 18, designed a collection of jewelry that was called the "Future" line.  The company continued to produce highly modern, functionalist jewelry throughout the mid 20th century, designed by incredibly talented people such as Bent Gabrielsen and Bent Knudsen.

Hans Hansen pieces are usually of fine quality and are widely collected

HANS HANSEN, DENMARK, STERLING CUFFLINKS WITH LAPIS

A classically modern pair of sterling cufflinks with lapis by Hans Hansen, Denmark; each substantial 5/8" square is about 1/4" high and encloses a cube of blue lapis; each is marked "HaH, 925S, DENMARK;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ007)

Goldsmith, David Andersen founded his company in 1876 in Oslo, Norway.  By 1888, due to the fine quality of the items produced, he was able to expand his workshop and retail outlets.  After his death in 1901, his son, Arthur Andersen introduced the very popular enamel lines so well-know to David-Andersen collectors.  Throughout the years, the David-Andersen company has produced beautiful, finely crafted in many styles through the brilliance of its excellent design staff.

DAVID-ANDERSEN, NORWAY, STERLING CUFFLINKS

David-Andersen, Norway, sterling modern design cufflinks; each is about 1-1/8" x 3/8"; marked: "DA" (over scales stamp), STERLING, NORWAY, 925S;" some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$155.00 (item #S141)

"In many respects the Kalo Shop was the single most important American hand wrought silversmith. Talented individuals such as Frank Gardner Hale and Edward Oakes were also key Arts & Crafts metalcrafters, and two other large firms -- Arthur Stone and George Jensen -- were in the very top tier of makers, but the Kalo Shop produced the widest range of classic handmade hollowware, jewelry, and flatware for nearly 70 years, and was a critical influence in the Arts & Crafts movement." 

(taken directly from http://chicagosilver.com/kalo.htm)

STERLING & CHRYSOPRASE HAND WROUGHT CUFFLINKS BY KALO

A stunning pair of sterling and chrysoprase, hand wrought cufflinks by the Kalo workshop; each is about 7/8" x 5/8"; each is marked: "HAND WROUGHT, STERLING, KALO; fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ004)

Other great pairs of cufflinks & tie tacks by various makers and countries:

ELEGANT STERLING & WOOD CUFFLINKS

A very nice pair of what I believe is rosewood cufflinks with sterling tops and findings; very sleek, modern design; fronts are approximately 1-1/16" x 1/2" ; no marks; fronts have slight surface wear that could easily be polished out; otherwise fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPCL001) NEW!

LOS CASTILLO METALES CASADOS CUFFLINKS

Los Castillo metales casados cufflinks (sterling, copper, and brass), each is about 3/4" x 3/8"; a little stubborn tarnish on the copper and brass and some surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPLC001)

ISRAELI STERLING CUFFLINKS WITH ROMAN GLASS

A lovely and interesting pair of Israeli cufflinks with Roman glass; each is about 1-3/8" long x 1/2" wide; probably c. 1960s; one of the cufflinks has a small dent in the silver and a tiny chip in the glass, otherwise fine condition; marked: "925."

"Roman glass jewelry was part of an 'archaeology craze' in the Israeli society of the 1960s.  Archaeology (mainly Biblical archaeology) was a means of creating collective memory and national narrative based on a shared heritage." (from "Jewellery in Israel, Multicultural Diversity 1948 to the Present" by Iris Fishof, p. 47)

$235.00 (item #HPIR001)

FRENCH "CLOCK" CUFFLINKS AND TIE BAR

A rare cufflinks and tie bar set from France with roman numeral, clock numbers on white disks with silver accents; most likely brass; cufflinks are each about 7/8" diameter, tie bar is about 1-3/4" long with a 9/16" circle; marked: "MADE IN FRANCE;" fine condition and good quality.

SOLD (item #HPRU001)  

RUSSIAN, SOVIET ERA GOLD-WASHED STERLING AND NIELLO CUFFLINKS

Beautiful, Russian, Soviet era, gold-washed sterling and niello cufflinks; marked " 5C4, A," star stamp with hammer and sickle, *875" (for sterling); a very small bit of loss of gold-wash, otherwise fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPRU001)

MEXICAN SALVADOR TERAN INSPIRED STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of Mexican sterling cufflinksdeep relief, pre-Columbian design, reminiscent of the work of Salvador Teran; each is about 1-1/4" tall and taper from about 3/4" wide at the top 7/16" at the bottom; marked: "MAB, TAXCO, MEXICO." and eagle mark with "3"; fine condition.

$165.00 (item #HPST001)

PETER BRAMS STERLING CUFFLINKS

Great design sterling cufflinks by Peter Brams design, New York; tops are about 3/4" x 3/8' ; marked : "PBD, SS;" fine condition.

$165.00 (item #HPPB001)

MODERNIST 800 SILVER CUFFLINKS

A great pair of modernist silver cufflinks, probably German, mid 20th century; fronts are about 1" x 3/8"; marked "800;" a small bit of surface wear to the fronts, otherwise fine condition.

$165.00 (item #HPGC001)

CARVED ONYX & SILVER CUFFLINKS

These are quite beautiful, probably created between 1920 and 1940; the carving is deep and well done; they appear to be either Scandinavian or German; each is about 1/2" square with a rounded, pyramid shaped onyx cabochon that sits up about 3/8" from the bezel; connecting silver bar is about 1/2"; marked: "R830;" fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPCOX001)

STERLING & CHRYSOPRASE CUFFLINKS

Lovely, bullet-shaped chrysoprase cufflinks set in sterling; probably c. 1920s-30s; hallmarked illegibly; each is about 1/2" diameter; chrysoprase sits up about 3/8" from the bezel; connecting chain is about 1/2" long; fine condition.

$105.00 (item #HPCH001)

SCULPTURAL, THREE-DIMENSIONAL, GERMAN STERLING CUFFLINKS

This a great pair of cufflinks—very sculptural with an interesting light play of smooth and textured surfaces; each is about 7/8' X 3/4"; each has some light surface wear to the smooth surfaces that could easily be polished out, otherwise fine condition; marked: "GERMANY, STERLING."

$135.00 (item #HPGC003)

PERUVIAN STERLING & 18K GOLD CUFFLINKS WITH MAYAN CAT FIGURE

Peruvian sterling cufflinks with 18K gold Mayan cat figures; each is about 7/8" x 1/2"; marked: "PERU, 925, 18K; fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPPER001)

MEXICAN STERLING CUFFLINKS WITH TURQUOISE

Mexican sterling cufflinks with turquoise; attractive and unusual shape; each is about 3/4" wide x 1/2" high; marked: "HECHO EN MEXICO, SH, TAXCO," and eagle mark with "3," findings are marked "ALPACA;" fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPMC001)

STERLING CUFFLINKS WITH MOONSTONES

Sterling cufflinks with moonstones; nice design with toggle backs; each is about 3/4" x 1/2"; marked: "STERLING;" may be rhodium plated; fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPMS001)

ISRAELI STERLING CUFFLINKS & TIE BAR WITH INLAID BLUE STONES

Israeli sterling cufflinks with inlaid blue stones in a black material (unsure what it is); cufflinks are about 7/8" x 3/8"; tie bar is about 1-18" x 3/8"; marked: "ISRAEL, SILVER, ST.925" and Israeli hallmark; fine condition.

$135.00 (item #HPMIC003)

STERLING CUFFLINKS WITH TURQUOISE MOSAIC

Great looking, diamond-shaped, sterling cufflinks with turquoise mosaic design; each is about 1" x 3/4"; no marks except for what appears to be a scratched-in FH on the reverse; fine condition, a few scratches on the reverse appear to have been made when the cufflinks were created; back bars are marked: "STER.PAT.2.472968."

$105.00 (item #HPTQ002)

STERLING & MOTHER-OF-PEARL CUFFLINKS

A lovely, classic pair of sterling and mother-of-pearl cufflinks; I believe they are handmade—they have an illegible script signature and a stamp that looks like a teepee with rays coming from the top, as well as "925;" each is about 3/4" x slightly less than 1/2" wide (a very wearable size); one cufflink has a tiny rough spot on the top right, otherwise fine condition.

$150.00 (item #SMCL010)

STERLING & CHRYSOPRASE FINNISH CUFFLINKS

A great pair of sterling cufflinks with chrysoprase cabochons from Finland; interesting arrow design; each is about 3/4" x 5/8"; I'm not sure of the maker; they are marked with an illegible mark, 'TAA, 925, U8" (for 1997); excellent condition.

$195.00 (item #SMCL009) !

MID 20TH CENTURY HANDMADE STERLING & ONYX CUFFLINKS & TIE TACK

A great-looking mid 20th century sterling and onyx cufflinks and tie tack set; handmade, Sam Kramer-like design with layered amoeboid, sterling plaques; fronts of cufflinks and tie tack are each about 1" x 7/8"; marked "STERLING;" fine condition.

$225.00 (item #KZC002)

VINTAGE, SOVIET-ERA, RUSSIAN STERLING & AMBER CUFFLINKS

A handsome pair of Russian sterling and amber cufflinks; each is about 3/4" diameter; marked with what appears to be "RG8" (in rectangular cartouche, "p" and star with hammer and sickle, and "875" in rounded rectangular cartouche; fine condition.

$150.00 (item #SMMR001)

MEXICAN STERLING & TORTOISE CUFFLINKS

An attractive pair of Mexican sterling cufflink with tortoise; each is about 3/4" square and marked: 'HAB, STERLING, TAXCO, GRO;" a few soft indentations on the silver fronts and a tiny chip to the tortoise on one cufflinks; otherwise fine condition.

$155.00 (item #SMMJ005)

18K GOLD & AMBER CUFFLINKS

A beautiful pair of 18K gold and laminated bi-color amber cufflinks; each is about 3/4" x 1/4"; domes are each about 1/4" high; marked: "18K"; fine condition.

$350.00 (item #SMC010)

FAUX AMBER CUFFLINKS

A fun pair of faux amber cufflinks; each cylindrical bar is about 3/4" long joined by 3/8" gold tone chain; fine condition.

$65.00 (item #SMMJ012)

RUSSIAN, VERMEIL & AMBER CUFFLINKS

A lovely pair of  Russian, gold-washed sterling cufflinks with amber; each oval is about 7/8" x 3/4"; each is marked: ".8P (with backwards R); no other marks; fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ011)

RUSSIAN, SOVIET ERA, VERMEIL & AMBER CUFFLINKS

A beautiful pair of Russian, Soviet era, gold-washed sterling cufflinks with amber; each oval is slightly under 1" x 5/8"; each is marked: "RG2" (in square cartouche) and, in a rectangular cartouche: small "p", star with hammer and sickle, and "875;" a little wear to the gold wash, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ010)

RACHEL GERA GOLD-WASHED STERLING CUFFLINKS

A highly sculptural pair of cufflinks by Rachel Gera; gold over sterling silver with carnelian cabochons; about 2-1/4" long x 1" wide (not for the faint of heart!); marked: "GERA; ISRAEL, 925" on the lever; fine, handmade condition; one of the bars is angled slightly more than the other, but I think that's original.

SOLD (item #CGM004)

CHRISTOPHER WALLER STERLING "EID MAR" SIGNET CUFFLINKS

A great pair of sterling cufflinks by Christopher Waller; design taken from the famous Eid Mar coin (issued by Marcus Junius Brutus in 43/42 BC); each cufflinks is about 1" x  7/8"; intaglio portrait of Brutus on the front with daggers on either side, a cap (called the liberty cap), and the words, "EID MAR;" marked on reverse: "STERLING, Chris Waller Original;" fine condition.

Christopher Waller is a London designer of note whose products have sold a world famous Portobello and Spiralfields markets. His work, including clothing and jewelry, is now sold through London Boutiques.

SOLD (item #GCC001)

 

MIXED METALS STERLING CUFFLINKS

Great mid 20th century mixed metals cufflinks; sterling, brass, and copper; design reminiscent of work by Peter or Daniel Macchiarini; about 1" x 5/8"; marked: "STER.PAT.2472958;" slight surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD  (item #MS-M0366)

1948 STERLING CUFFLINKS BY ROB

Very cool handwrought cufflinks, c. 1948; great modernist relief design; each is about 7/8" diameter; marked faintly on the back of one: "1948" and "Rob" on the other; one of the bars is slightly loose, but works fine and is marked: "STERLING;" otherwise fine condition with great patina.

$265.00 (item #HPM002)

VICTORIA OF TAXCO STERLING PARROT CUFFLINKS

An early pair of handmade sterling parrot cufflinks; about 7/8" x 1/2"; marked: "VICTORIA, MEXICO, TAXCO, STERLING;" nice patina, fine condition.

$125.00 (item #HP022)
HANDMADE STERLING CUFFLINKS

Handmade sterling cufflinks; interesting abstract design and good weight; tops are approximately 1" x 3/8"; great patina, fine condition.

$85.00 (item #M0222)

 

HERMANN SIERSBOL CUFFLINKS

Hermann Siersbol rosewood and silver triangle cufflinks of Denmark; they are probably late 1940's, early 1950's; approximately 1-1/2" x 1/2" x 3/16" thick; the engraved toggles move back an forth; they are marked: "925S, HS"; some surface wear, fine condition.

$250.00 (item #SM-S723)

COPPER AND ENAMEL CUFFLINKS

A fun pair of copper and enamel cufflinks; about 1" x 3/4"; unmarked: one very tiny chip in the enamel on the side of one cufflink; otherwise fine condition.

$45.00 (item #SMMJ001)

NORWEGIAN BASSE-TAILLE ENAMEL ON STERLING CUFFLINKS

Gorgeous, Norwegian, green, basse-taille enamel on sterling cufflinks; these are large--each with a diameter of 1-1/4"; each is marked with an anchor stamp (I am unsure of the maker), "925S, STERLING, MADE IN NORWAY;" fine condition.

$275.00 (item #SMMJ0010)

RINGS & KEY RINGS

Peter Macchiarini (1909 - 2001) is considered one of the pioneers of American modernist studio jewelry.  His studio/gallery was in the North Beach section of San Francisco where, beginning in the 1930s, he handcrafted unique works of art including sculpture and jewelry. Margaret De Patta was a close friend and, together with other "pioneers" of this period, they started the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild. 

Daniel Macchiarini continues the Macchiarini tradition of creating handmade, one of a kind jewelry in his gallery/studio in San Francico's North Beach.  Though he works to expand the design ideas of his father, he is also an excellent jeweler and designer in his own right.

Please read more about Peter and Daniel Macchiarini in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 .  His  work was a major part of the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009. 

Also see Macchiarini on Macchiarini, one of the first and still one of the best articles from MODERN SILVER magazine, June - July, 2000.

MEXICAN STERLING, HANDMADE KEY HOLDER

Ingenious, Mexican, handmade, sterling key holder in the shape of a monkeyopens by pushing the head down; slightly over 1-3/4" x 1-1/2" x 1/4" at the top; marked: "STERLING" and illegible maker's mark; fine condition.

$205.00 (item #HPKH001)

PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING RING

A beautiful sterling band by Peter Macchiarini, c. 1960s-70s; about size 9/1/2, band is approximately 3/8"wide; marked: "MACC;" band is incised with the figure of a dove and other symbols;  fine condition.

$950.00 (item #KAM002)

DANIEL MACCHIARINI STERLING, COPPER, ONYX, IVORY DOT RING

Daniel Macchiarini dot ring; sterling, copper, onyx and ivory; about size 12; fine condition

$750.00 (item #M0245)

DANIEL MACCHIARINI STERLING, COPPER, ONYX, IVORY DOT RING

Daniel Macchiarini dot ring with square back; great design; sterling, copper, onyx and ivory; about size 9-3/4; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0246)

EMMA MACCHIARINI STERLING, IVORY & EBONY DOT RING

Great design, sterling, ivory and ebony "half dot" ring by Emma Macchiarini; about size 9; top is approximately 7/8" x 3/8" band is approximately 3/8" wide at the front; marked: "EMM"; fine condition.

$650.00 (item #M0247)

EMMA MACCHIARINI STERLING & IVORY DOT RING

Sterling and ivory "bow" ring by Emma Macchiarini; about size 8; band is approximately 3/8" wide at the front; marked: "EMM"; fine condition.

$650.00 (item #M0248)

MELECIO RODRIGUEZ STERLING DRAGON KEY RING

Sculptural, sterling key ring by Mexican silversmith Melecio Rodriguez; dragon's tongue moves sideways and up to open the key holder, but when it is closed, it locks quite well; good weight, about 2" x 1-3/4"; marked "MR" with eagle number "3" and other illegible marks; fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPX073 ) 

CUFFS & BRACELETS

When you own a piece by Hector Aguilar, you have a treasure. Mexican silver by Aguilar is always of the finest construction, materials, and design.  Aguilar's silver designs borrow heavily from pre-Columbian motifs--his style was bold, dramatic, and beautiful in it's simplicity.

Aguilar began his career as manager of William Spratling's Taller de Las Delicias in Taxco. In 1939, he left Spratling and established his own workshop, the Taller Borda which he ran until 1966. Aguilar died on September 19, 1985, the day of the earthquake that nearly destroyed Mexico City. 

His work has been featured in numerous books and in exhibits throughout the United States.  Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING LINK BRACELET

A fabulous, sterling hand-wrought, panel bracelet by Hector Aguilar, c. 1939-40; slightly over 8" long x 1" wide; weighs about 3.8 ounces; marked with early conjoined "HA" mark, "TAXCO, 940;" beautiful, lustrous patina; fine condition.

$950.00 (item #AAX007)

HANDMADE STERLING CUFF IN THE STYLE OF HECTOR AGUILAR

A handmade sterling cuff in the style of Hector Aguilar; this piece was commissioned by a collector from a silversmith who designed it after an early cuff by Aguilar; this would be excellent for a man to wear; cuff is about 1-1/2" wide with an inside diameter of approximately 2-3/4" with a 1-1/8" opening; no marks; fine condition.

$850.00 (item #AAX001)

William Spratling (1900-1967) has been called by many 'a Renaissance Man.' Throughout Mexico he is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." Certainly the town of Taxco and its economy would be vastly different without the initiative and creativity of this man. He complemented its valuable historic past with a new vitality and spirit which recognized the importance of the indigenous culture. The artistic and economic foundation he established continues to flourish today."  (This is taken from a biography of William Spratling by Phyllis Goddard.  Please see the whole biography at http://www.spratlingsilver.com/spratling.htm)

Also read:  http://www.modernsilver.com/Williamspratlinghallmarks.htm

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

EARLY WILLIAM SPRATLING "VINDOBONESIS" STERLING BRACELET

Early William Spratling sterling bracelet, c. 1930s; motif taken from the Codex Vindobonesis (an early pictorial history book of the Mixtec people from the time of the creation until just before the Spanish Conquest); slightly over 8" long x 1" wide; weighs about 3.6 ounces; marked with Spratling's "WS" conjoined print mark; "TAXCO, 980;" fine condition with lovely patina; safety chain intact.

$2,500.00 (item #AAX003)

Reveriano Castillo was one of the first apprentices at William Spratling's Las Delicias before going to work for Hector Aguilar at the Taller Borda.  He and his wife, Maria worked for Los Castillo for ten years before founding their own workshop, Reveri, in 1952.

REVERIANO CASTILLO "VINDOBONESIS" STERLING BRACELET

A gorgeous, early, handwrought, early sterling link bracelet by Reveriano Castillo; motif taken from the Codex Vindobonesis (an early pictorial history book of the Mixtec people from the time of the creation until just before the Spanish Conquest); slightly over 8" long x 1-1/8" wide; weighs about 4 ounces; marked with an "R" within a "C", STERLING, TAXCO, 5," and eagle mark with #3; a couple of the protruding silver "cabochons" are slightly dented, otherwise fine condition with safety chain in tact and a lovely patina.

SOLD (item #AAX002)

BUCKLES, BELTS, & BOLOS

ZUNI INLAID BIRD BOLO

An exceptional Zuni inlaid bird bolo with a more realistic head and wings than is typical; sterling with inlaid onyx, coral, mother-of-pearl, and turquoise; about 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"; leather cord is about 36" overall with tooled silver tips; bolo is marked: "RTXX" (perhaps a pawn or inventory number); all is in fine condition.

$465.00  (item #GCN011)

MOTA, TASCO STERLING BELT BUCKLE

Sterling belt buckle with pre-Columbian bird design; heavy and substantial; about 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"; marked; "MOTA, TASCO, MEXICO, 0925," and eagle stamp with illegible number; shows substantial surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$350.00  (item #X573)

HANDMADE STERLING AND TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE

Large, handmade sterling belt buckle with bezel set turquoise; about 4-1/8" x 2-1/4"; marked with what appears to be "Lori Cas;" Sterling;" a little roughness around the edges (may be original), otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #N085)
ZUNI STERLING, TURQUOISE, &  CORAL BOLO TIE BY EFFIE CALABAZA

Effie Calabaza, Zuni sterling, turquoise, and coral bolo tie on braided leather; wonderful large sterling piece; about 2-5/8" x 2", with 2 snake motifs with turquoise eyes, four turquoise stones, and coral with some stamping; end of bolo has silver guards with coral and turquoise with snake pendants on each; stamped: "EFFIE C., ZUNI;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$535.00 (item #HG015)

NAVAJO STERLING AND TURQUOISE CONCHA BELT

Navajo sterling and turquoise concha belt with stamping and repoussé; each concha is about 1-3/4" X 2-1/4", buckle is about 2-1/4" square with five turquoise stones; altogether the belt is approximately 36" long with 8" link chain for adjustment; no marks; nice patina, light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #HG030)

NAVAJO STERLING ,CORAL & LEATHER CONCHA  BELT

Navajo heavy gauge sterling, coral and leather concha belt; the leather belt is approximately 44-1/2" long with three notches for various lengths; each concha is of heavy gauge sterling and is about 2-3/8" x 1-1/4"; no marks; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$535.00 (item #HG032)

NATIVE AMERICAN SANDCAST STERLING AND TURQUOISE CONCHA BELT

Native American heavy gauge sandcast sterling and turquoise belt; approximately 35" leather belt with 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" buckle and  conchas, total length of belt with buckle is 37"; leather has some wear, with various holes punched in by hand; a very small chip on two turquoise, otherwise fine condition.

$735.00 (item #HG033)

1950S MEXICAN MIXED METALS BOLO

Great looking Mexican mixed metals bolo; double-headed serpent design; silver, copper, brass and turquoise; about 39" overall braided leather cord with silver tips; slide is marked: "METALES, TAXCO, SH, HECHO EN MEXICO," and eagle mark with number "3;" cord shows some wear; slide is in fine condition with great patina.

SOLD (item #X473)

FABULOUS NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING BOLO WITH TURQUOISE & CORAL

Beautifully designed and handmade sterling bolo with large bezel set turquoise and coral; leather cord with tooled sterling tips; bolo is approximately 2-5/8" x 2-1/8" and is marked: "STERLING;" finding for the bolo is marked: "BENNETT, PAT. PEND."; leather cord is about 38" long overall; fine condition.

$220.00 (item #N086)

BOXES, INCLUDING VINTAGE CIGARETTE CASES & MATCH CASES

RUSSIAN STERLING & NIELLO CIGARETTE CASE

Beautiful, Russian sterling and niello cigarette case with gilded interior; large—about 4-1/4" x 2-5/8" x almost one inch thick; very good condition with no dents and intricate niello work; marked twice on the inside (please see html page for more pictures).

$1,550.00 (item #SMCC001)NEW!

KERR ART NOUVEAU STERLING MATCH SAFE

Beautiful, sterling Art Nouveau match safe; about 2-1/2" x 1-3/4"; never had a monogram; striking grooves on the bottom; marked with the Kerr fasces symbol mark, "STERLING, 2399;" a couple of very small indentations on the back, otherwise fine condition.

$295.00  (item #KARK001)  

ANTIQUE 800 SILVER CHASED CIGARETTE CASE

Beautifully chased cigarette case, 800 silver; probably c. 1890-1900; about 4-3/8" x3"; marked: "800" and maker's mark of "ZR;" interior is in fine condition with bars intact; all hinges work well; some tarnish, but overall very fine condition.

SOLD  (item #SMCC001)

WILLY BECK TEAK JEWELRY CHEST

Handcrafted, teak jewelry chest, pegged and beautifully designed by mid 20th century Danish designers Ejnar Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen; inside has adjustable slats for various sized sections; about 12-1/4 x 11-1/2" x 3-3/4" high in back, tapering to 2-3/8" high in front; label on back reads: "Willy Beck, Snedkermester, Classensgade 25A, Kbhvn. Ø." and also stamped on label: "MADE IN DENMARK;" most likely this piece had a mirror at one time that has been removed; otherwise fine condition with lovely soft patina.

SOLD (item #HPS002)

Antonio Castillo and his brothers, Jorge (Chato), Miguel, and Justo were trained at the Spratling workshop, Las Delicias in the 1930s.  In 1939, they left to form their own company, Los Castillo.  Throughout the years, they produced handcrafted jewelry in many different techniques including repoussé, mixed and married metals, and inlay, often employing more than 100 artisans. Jewelry and hollowware by Los Castillo is desired by collectors for its beautiful handcrafted surfaces, superb quality, and innovative designs.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Work from Los Castillo was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance. (You can order Mexican Silver or Silver Masters of Mexico from MODERN SILVER magazine books)

LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO MIXED METALS & INLAID STONE BOX

An exceptionally beautiful box by Los Castillo; box is made from sterling silver and copper with rosewood interior; top is inlaid with malachite, mother-of-pearl and terracotta-colored small tiles; box weighs about 1 pound 3 ounces and is about 4-5/8" x 3-5/8" x 1-3/8" tall; fine condition with nice patina; marked on the bottom: "HANDWROUGHT, LOS CASTILLO, MEXICO."

$625.00 (item #CJX021)

Salvador Vaca Teran was an outstanding silver designer and technician.  He began in the 1930s working as a zorrita at Las Delicias with William Spratling.  In 1939, he joined Los Castillo where his jewelry was sold under that Los Castillo mark for many years.  In 1952, he established his own workshop with twenty-five silversmiths in Mexico City.  His work is unique in its use of overlapping planes. He is also known for combining metal with stone mosaics that were made into trays, pitchers, etc.

His work is highly collectible and quite rare.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

SALVADOR TERAN BRASS LIDDED BOX STONE TILE MOSAIC

Brass lidded box with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; about 4-3/8" high x 3-1/16" wide x 2-1/4" deep; soft blue-green stone; interior and bottom is lavender (glaze or paint); marked: "Salvador, HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, 424;" fine condition.

$525.00 (item #X641)

BAR ACCESSORIES, COOKING & KITCHEN PIECES

WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING JIGGER

William Spratling sterling silver jigger; about 5" high; one end is 1-3/4" diameter and the other 1-1/2" diameter; marked with the "WS" script mark and "WILLIAM SPRATLING, TAXCO, MEXICO" (used from 1951 - 1967); top and bottom edges are slightly irregular from wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD  (item #X644)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING & ROSEWOOD SALT SPOONS

A wonderful set of what I believe are salt spoons by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s-60s; each one is about 4" long; marked: "TALLER BORDA, TAXCO, 940," Aguilar "HA" stamp and eagle stamp with number "9;" great patina and condition.

$425.00 (item #X768)

HECTOR AGUILAR LARGE 940 STERLING MEAT FORK

Large sterling-handled meat fork by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s; handle appears to be stainless steel; about  11-3/4" overall; marked" "940, HA (in circle), TAXCO;" very substantial piece, light surface wear, good patina, fine condition.

 SOLD (item #X719)

HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING LONG SPOON

Early sterling silver long spoon by Hector Aguilar (most likely c. 1940s), great patina; about 10-1/8" long; bowl is approximately 1-3/8" diameter and 1/2" deep; marked "940, TAXCO, HA;" some surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$575.00  (item #X721)

HECTOR AGUILAR LONG KNIFE WITH STERLING & WOOD HANDLE

Hector Aguilar long knife with sterling and wood handle, probably c. 1940s; blade appears to be steel; about 15-3/8" long (total length); handle is approximately 5" long x 1" wide x slightly over 12" thick; blade is marked: "MADE IN MEXICO, TAXCO, and HA (in circle); blade has some surface rust and discoloration, otherwise fine condition.

 $795.00 (item #X722)

PORTER BLANCHARD HANDWROUGHT STERLING LARGE FORK

Great modern design handwrought sterling fork by Porter Blanchard; about 10-1/8" long; marked: "PORTER BLANCHARD HANDMADE STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$325.00 (item #ST101)

SALVADOR TERAN COPPER TRAY WITH STONE TILE MOSAIC

Copper tray with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; beautiful deep reddish-brown patina; about 12-1/2" long x 6" wide; tiles are in fine condition; tray has a crack through the metal on one end (see larger photograph on html page); marked: "HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, Salvado, 425."

SOLD (item #X642)

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