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    • June 12, 2017 3:54 AM CDT
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    • September 13, 2016 1:25 PM CDT
    • Anybody with some knowledge of pocket watches??

      I wonder about the age and value of this 14K gold waltham pocket watch.
      The dial is ivory with roman numerals and filigreed gold hands and a second smaller dial at the 6 o'clock position.
      Stem winds at 3 o'clock position.
      There is a A.W.W.Co /Waltham, Mass. / 15 jewels / Ser#15971645 inscribed on the inside mechanism.

      The case has a separate ser#6445143 by another company name: B.W.W.Co.
      It is marked as 14K gold.

      Why two separate ser #s for inside watch and for the case??
      What is age and value???

    • November 27, 2016 8:30 AM CST
    • I have a few items I need info on including value possibly. 1926 14KGF Hamilton 992L pocket watch serial 2396266 with original wadworths case dual time zone 


      Also I have 2 native american inlaid necklaces the buffalo is double sided

    • March 23, 2013 11:29 PM CDT
    • There is so much you can do. I have a list of ideas on Pinterest and folks also add them as craft supplies on my site.

    • March 18, 2013 12:43 AM CDT
    • This is one question that's been plaguing me.  Jewelry does well for me, so I pick it up whenever I get the chance.  Often it's in lots -- $$ for the whole tray, or a whole jewelry box full, etc.  You know how it is.  Well, I have standards . . . I only sell pieces that are perfect or nearly so, and try not to sell pieces made after 1960 unless they're exceptional.  This of course leaves me with a bunch of jewelry that is either too new, too cheaply made, or too damaged to put for sale in my shop or on eBay. 


      If a piece is missing one rhinestone, I can often fix it, because I've got a collection of extra stones or can cannibalize another damaged piece.  But that's about the extent of the repairs I like to bother with. 


      I had a box where I offered "any piece for 25 cents" but that made me feel like I was in a flea market instead of a semi-upscale antiques shop.  Sometimes I keep the nicer, newer pieces and just wear them myself or give them to my teen daughter.  Otherwise I'm thinking I will just make up a few bags and sell them as crafts findings, but I hate to put in the pieces that are still pretty but happen to be way too obviously new--and that stuff doesn't sell well on eBay either.  I could donate them to a charity shop I guess.


      What do you do with these items?

    • September 26, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
    • Evening wear was not quite so pious and the dress of the well to-do woman was often off the shoulder. So much so that the range of motion of the arm was limited. Notice the very large brooches in the portraits of the day as well as a bracelet, rings, and necklaces.

      The idea at the time especially for bracelets was to make the hands of the lady more dainty.

      Things to keep in mind when determining the age of a piece of jewelry.

      Rose gold was common in the 1800's. It was gold with added copper.

      Hair jewelry is very popular.

      Invisible settings did not exist yet.

      Tube hinges were used on brooches.

      Safety clasps did not exist.

      Pinbacks were longer than the width of the brooch.

      Barrell clasps did not exist.

    • September 24, 2012 10:04 PM CDT
    • Keep in mind that Queen Victoria, although required to marry for political reasons was very much in love with Albert. The jewelry of the day reflected this. It began the romantic period in jewelry design. Pieces were often light and airy with intricate designs etched into gold. Much of the jewelry of this period was nature-inspired and often accented with seed pearls and coral.

    • September 23, 2012 8:22 AM CDT

      In the late 1830's to early 40's, lady's clothing fashionably covered all of the body. High necklines and bonnets covered the ears, therefore, necklaces and earrings were not often worn. Extremely large brooches were in vogue, and worn at the neck during the day, or at the low décolletage, often combined with fresh flowers, for evening wear. Adornment of the hands and wrists became increasingly important, with Victorian rings and large bracelets designed to make the hand look dainty and feminine.

      The most widespread gemstones used in jewelry during the Early Victorian Peiord were diamonds (rose-cuts and brilliants), amethyst, pink and gold topaz, turquoise, chalcedony, coral, garnet, ruby, seed pearls and cameos.  Cameos were most often made from shell, lava, and coral.

      Early Victorian jewelry is often made from 18k or 22k gold and is not stamped as such. It was not until The Stamp Act of 1854 that required hallmarks and stamps. It is important to note that following The Stamp Act gold was standardized to 9, 12, and 15k. Other metals used in the early Victorian Era were silver, rolled gold over silver, and pinchbeck (a mixture of copper and zinc).

    • September 20, 2012 11:15 PM CDT
    • Let's condiser Queen Victoria...


      This was a generally an optimistic and prosperous time characterized by rapid changes is industry, science, art and fashion. In 1840, Victoria married her beloved Albert. The engagement ring that he presented to her was a snake with an emerald-set head. This would become the first Victorian Engagement ring ever made. The snake was a symbol of eternal love and emerald was her birthstone. Birthstones were often used in engagement rings of the time.

    • September 19, 2012 9:33 PM CDT
    • When looking at a piece of jewelry and you know it is not mid-century vintage, what are the tell tale signs that it may be from pre-1910?  In this forum we are going to explore some of the ways that can help you identify antique jewelry.  We will discuss such things as:


      Clasps - Hinges - Pinbacks - Gemstones - Metals - Style - Settings - Techniques - Terms - Marks


      Let's begin with first identifying the periods that we are concerned with which are the Victorian and Edwardian Eras.  The Victorian Era is split into three parts although I have read slightly different dates than what I'm listing here.


      Early Victorian Period; 1837 - 1859


      Mid-Victorian Period; 1860 - 1885


      Late Victorian Period; 1996 - 1901


      Each of the periods within the Victorian Era saw dramatic changes in style, in dress, and in jewelry.  Knowing some history is going to help as you attempt to focus in on a time frame.


      The Edwardian Era was from 1901 until 1910.  Also, keep in mind that although there are these two 'periods' it is also the time of Art Nouveau; 1890 - 1910.


      A lot was going on in the world and jewelry tells that story.  It tells the story of love, of loss, of piousness, or religion, of exploration, of a changing world. So what do we know about these time periods that might help us solve the secrets of antique jewelry?

    • July 23, 2012 9:22 PM CDT
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    • March 22, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
    • Good morning everyone!  It seems that our forums & groups are not very active and we are thinking that needs to change. That being said, let's talk vintage & antique jewelry!


      From what I understand, this little butterfly mark is a mystery.  Anyone have any information on it?

    • January 28, 2012 3:50 AM CST
    • Not me, but I do sell this type of item to people who like to restore jewelry.

    • January 27, 2012 11:06 PM CST
    • One of the items that I have that realy needs some work is an unsigned Weiss Necklace & earrings.  It is a stunning piece but a lot of the rhinestones are dark.  It would mean replacing all the round rhinestones.  The larger baguette stones are fine. 


      I'm thinking I should restore it.  I'm curous though, how many people restore these rare beauties.

    • November 29, 2011 1:47 PM CST
    • Though the Aurora Borealis rhinestones in this bracelet do look similar to those used in Juliana pieces, the mechanized forms of Juliana pieces (whether signed or not) are not found in this piece. The front side of the bracelet is tempting as Juliana, but once flipped over, the reverse shows a more basic form of “hinging”.  It is a nice piece, and could possibly be considered as “Juliana-style”.  Could sell for around $20-$25. Sorry I couldn't have better news! nate

    • November 29, 2011 1:38 PM CST
    • This is the best I could do...

    • November 29, 2011 1:16 PM CST
    • My camera is really bad with close-ups...but i hope this helpsclose-up of back

    • November 27, 2011 9:24 PM CST
    • Hi Cindy - All Juliana bracelets are made with a 5 link system. So, when you turn it over, if you do not see 5 distinct links, it is not Juliana. Also, can you get a closer photo?

    • November 27, 2011 4:54 PM CST
    • I won this bracelet on an auction site, and have had no luck researching it. It is unsigned, but seems to have the characteristics of a lot of the 'juliana' peices i've seen. it's the top picture.

    • November 22, 2011 10:50 AM CST
    • Thanks Daye, I know the chances are slim but it would be cool!
      I don't use a lens on this camera, but I do have some lenses I can add which I have for my other one.
      This was taken with a Fujifilm Finepix s5700. It has super macro and macro modes. If you go to the vintage marbles thread you can see some close up pics of marbles I took with it. You can put your subject about 1/4 of an inch from the lens and get nice focus. The tough part is getting the lighting right being that close, there is going to be a shadown on the front of the object. I am still working on a way to get a lot more light in front of the lens and object.

    • November 22, 2011 10:10 AM CST
    • What a great story Bob! I love that. I bet they would be thrilled! I know I would be! So, what are you using for your macro? I need a macro lens - just have not done it yet (sigh)

    • November 21, 2011 2:12 AM CST
    • I have a small collection of vintage/antique watches both men's and women's. One watch I pulled out of my drawer tonight to practice taking macro photos with my new camera. I need to work on lighting a bit and try again using my tripod.

      I couldn't make this name out until I got the photos taken. It's C.M. Alsabrook. I googled that and kept in mind the owner had to have died in the 1960's through today. That's a big gap. I found a site that let me see names matching Alsabrook and scrolled down the list. Low and behold the name C.M. Alsabrook was there born 1925 and died in 1999. This person lived in Texas. I know it's not impossible to get up here to Nebraska as we have bought so much over the years and things do travel. I don't know if this was the original owner I found or not? I did find it interesting and I wish I knew. Very coincidental I think.

      This is the back of the watch. Wouldn't it be neat to find a family member and give it to them? It's a Gruen men's watch made in Switzerland.

    • September 6, 2011 8:42 AM CDT
    • Finally getting around to posting a photo of the Eisenberg earrings that I found new in the box with original tag.  Shot this photo at the antique mall so lighting does not really do justice to them. They are truly incredible.

    • September 6, 2011 8:21 AM CDT
    • Inspecting the lot is the best, Lisa! You are right though, it is always a gamble.

      I have not been buying as much jewelry lately just because I have so much that I need to move but I never tire of a quality piece.

    • September 6, 2011 8:15 AM CDT
    • It's hard to tell on a silver chain or a bangle the age of it so just in general.