The Colton map series are regarded as some of the most accurate of American maps of the world. They were colored in borders of countries and the historical changes of boundaries make these interesting to viewers today.
In 1925 this mine cut stone was placed in a custom platinum mounting with tapered side baguettes as a wedding present. There is an inclusion in the top that is not visible to the eye but with a loupe can be seen. The ring has an awfully lot of fire and is an elegant addition to a conservative ensemble. This is actually an Art Deco mounting and the period look of the ring is outstanding.
An interesting medallion of leaves and scrolls on a white metal background for a pendant. I am not sure as to what this piece is or its age, but the pendant has a slightly worn and almost a heraldic look that may be of 1950s origin. The condition of the surface is good and the impact is one of good quality decorative jewelry.
Someone very cleverly painted this creamer and placed in a circle the horse pulling a plow and the mountains in the background. The pitcher may or may not have had a lid as there is a space where one may have been, but it does not detract from the decoration. The rim and handle is trimmed in gold.
This porcelain figure of dancers and musicians was purchased by a Houston Texas collector from a sale of items belonging to the American gangster Alphonse Capone. The author of the latest Capone biography refers to this type of item as Gangster Kitch and stated that Mr. Capone liked to class up his girlfriends residences. He apparently owned several of these and distributed them to friends of his. The former owner from Texas did not have a receipt from the Capone Estate but there is no reason to disbelieve the story. Several interested parties have responded and tried to get an authentication from the Chicago Historical Society about Capone Sale Effects and there was no specific catalogue issued for any of the liquidations of his personal property. Apparantly during the mid to late 1960s 3 sales were conducted of items belonging to Mr. Capone but with no direct reference to him.
Very minor chips to the top surface of this bowl are the only imperfections that are in this 100+ year old small rice or soup bowl. The enameled floral painting is raised and the fired glaze is a brilliant color. The chop mark on the base has an orange color and when viewed, this is certainly no reproduction. The porcelain is very thin and almost translucent in the light.
Handmade and handchased Persian candlesticks heavily decorated in Arabic symbols. These are outstanding and the chased or engraved symbols look stunning in detail on the handmade silver.
This Oak sewing tool box for machines still has the original US Patent date of Feb. 19 1889 impressed on the front. The concealed hinges on all four corners open to reveal a tool interior for sewing machines of the late 19th century.
The title of this book is The Little Colonial by Annie Fellows Johnston and published by The Saalfield Publishing Co. Akron Ohio. The book is a hard back and all of the pages are still attached to the spine. The spine cover is totally missing and there is some separation of pages
De Vilbiss was one of the major makers of perfumes for the American market, replacement parts are still available today for the plungers. This has the model number 15 on the top and the metal top unscrews for adding different perfumes. This would be excellent for use in a Waterfall bedroom or a retro vintage setting.