Cattleya

Orchid, “to do a Cattleya”

Herbarium Nr 078 Scientific Name CATTLEYA (ORCHIDACEAE) Common Name Orchid Type Brooch Place Newark, USA Date Approximately 1920 Collected by Henry Blank & Co Material 585/1000 14 k, enamel, natural pearl Size 22 x 23,8 mm Total Weight 5,2 grams Condition Good Price 1550 EUR     An antique American enamel & pearl flower brooch by Henry Blank & Co, formed as an orchid, enameled in translucent fondant pastel colours. Around 1900, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The majority of pieces were made in 14k gold, embellished by skillfully applied polychrome enamels with only…

mum

A mum for mom

Herbarium Nr 38 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Barbrooch Place USA Date Circa 1890 Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, enamel, diamond, natural pearl Size 52 x 13,4 mm Total Weight 5,9 grams Condition Enamel has some tiny chips Price 875 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and  ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on this brooch is indeed a golden flower, but it’s completely covered with white enamel. Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the flowers common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one…

Enameled pansies A.J. Hedges & Co

Enameled pansies

Herbarium Nr 070 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch and earrings Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by A.J. Hedges & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k, old single cut diamonds, natural pearl Size Brooch 31,6 x 30 mm. Earrings 20,5 x 12,9 mm Total Weight  10,10 grams & 4,05 grams Condition Good. Hooks altered Price Sold     “You are always on my mind”,  immortalized by a poetic set of polychrome enameled golden pansy flowers. Such a sweet message spoken through the language of flowers. In Victorian England, flowers were often…

lady in a bath

Lady in a bath

Herbarium Nr. 085 Scientific Name LAMPROCAPNOS SPECTABILIS Common Name Bleeding heart, or lady-in-a bath Type Demi parure, Set of a brooch and earrings Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Ca. 1900 Collected by Krementz & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14k, natural pearls Size 28,2 x 12  + 54,8 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 5,2 + 4,84 grams Condition Good Price Sold     At the end of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here, cousins George and Thomas Krementz started Krementz & Co, one of the biggest companies selling gold…

1900 · 19th century · Blue flower · Blue-eyed Grass · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Krementz · Newark NJ USA · Patent · Victorian

Blue-eyed Grass bracelet

Herbarium Nr. 066 Scientific Name SISYRINCHIUM Common Name Blue-eyed Grass Type Bracelet Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Just after Sept 6th 1887 Collected by Krementz Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size Length: 18,3 cm  Width: 7 mm Total Weight 12,17 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Nowadays we like products that are either new, free, or durable. At the end of the 19th century, a ‘patented product’ had the same magical kind of ring to it. In that period of time, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here cousins George and Thomas Krementz…

1900 · Brooch · Enamel · Language of Flowers · Newark NJ USA · Pansy · Pearl

Pansy

Herbarium Nr 007 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown maker, hallmarked 14 ct gold Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size 26,7 x 28,75 mm Total Weight 4,47 grams Condition Good Price 750 EUR     In the later decades of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The growing wealth of the new  middle-class in America, created a demand for affordable jewellery.  The Newark group of manufacturers, which numbered 200 at its peak, was producing 90%…