NEW YORK – A 14K gold American pocket watch dating to the turn of the previous century, a pair of vintage 18K gold and diamond drop earrings, and a 20th-century 18K gold and pearl necklace will jockey for top-lot status at Jasper52’s Unique Vintage and Estate Finds Jewelry auction, which will be conducted on Tuesday, May 2 starting at 9 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
If you’re looking for statement pieces, this 528-lot sale will meet your needs. Yes, there are pieces on offer that can seem demure or sedate, but there are many more that are not. Consider, for example, the Victorian-era 18K gold, diamond and emerald ring described as a poison ring or a vinaigrette ring. The ring sports a compartment in which the wearer can stash a piece of perfumed cloth to shield their nose from offensive odors, or they can conceal a dose of a noxious chemical to decant into an offensive individual’s glass when the opportunity arises. Of course, they can simply discourse on the particulars of the ring without opening it and prompt their party guests to wonder what might be inside, which might actually be more intriguing than the first two options.
Other standouts include a mid-century 14K gold wedding anniversary charm bracelet; a Victorian-era 12K gold and diamond bangle bracelet, decorated with small stars; an Art Deco square link bracelet in 18K gold and emeralds; a set of 1960s 18K white gold earrings pave-set with diamonds and orange and yellow sapphires; an early Victorian 20K gold chatelaine mesh chain mail coin purse enhanced with tiny sapphires and diamonds; and a 1940s cabochon cut lab-created star sapphire set with diamonds in a 14K white gold band.
Also demanding mention are a 1960s 12K gold cocktail ring set with a rectangular piece of turquoise shot through with willowy, thin, coiling black stripes; an 18K gold pendant detailed with Egyptian hieroglyphs; a colorful 14K gold, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and diamond ring; and a group of mid-century charms, in gold and white gold and offered as individual lots, that take the forms of a boy’s head, a baby carriage, a Bible, a church and an ice cream wagon, a teddy bear, and a purse.
Leading the sale highlights is an ornate 14K gold pocket watch, created between 1900 and 1910 by the American Waltham Watch Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts. Described as a “truly lovely one-of-a-kind piece,” it is engraved on its outside with the initials RJG, and its inside features the engraved phrase “Beatrice from Uncle Fred 1910.” It carries an estimate of $4,500-$5,500.
Earning highlight status as well is an undated vintage pair of 18K burnished gold and diamond dangle drop earrings, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Both consist of a series of three hoops, the largest and lowest-hanging of which each sport four round brilliant cut diamonds of G color and SI1 clarity.
The third highlight dates to the 1940s or 1950s, and consists of a 20in 18K gold necklace strung with 99 graduated white saltwater pearls. Its estimate is $1,000-$1,200.
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