It’s that time again, my darlings! Time to peep the goodies in Leslie Hindman’s September sale, that is. If you remember the spectacular and diverse treasures of Leslie Hindman’s past auctions, you’ll know that this is an excellent reason for excitement.
Lot 27: A Victorian Silver Topped Gold, Turquoise, Garnet and Diamond Serpent Necklace, Circa 1840.
If you know me, you know that a classic Victorian era snake necklace is high on my personal jewelry bucket list. This baby right here, with its vivid turquoise scales, bewitching ruby cabochon eyes, sassy diamond eyebrows and sensuously articulated body, makes me want to swoon.
There just aren’t that many antique snake necklaces of this caliber in existences. If you have the resources to buy this treasure, DO IT. And then please let me be your friend so I can stare at it.
Lot 47 An Art Moderne Blackened Steel, White Gold, Cultured Pearl Diamond Brooch, Marsh & Co.
Lot 48 A Pair of Art Moderne Blackened Steel, White Gold, Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earclips, Marsh & Co.
Lot 49 A Platinum and Diamond Ring, Spaulding & Co., with Blackened Steel Jacket Ring, Marsh & Co.
These are iconic Marsh & Co blackened steel; a strange, extremely cool collector’s item. Antique Jewelry University has a great article about Marsh & Co, but here’s the short version: they had a jeweler who also loved shotguns and their distinctive blackened steel fine jewelry is the result.
I saw my first Marsh steel pieces last summer and I couldn’t stop touching them. The contrast of the textured steel with sparking diamonds or lustrous pearls is totally irresistible in person. They’re also understated; this is a collector’s item you really could wear every day. I’d love to own one myself someday.
Lot 16 An Egyptian Revival Yellow Gold, Amethyst and Enamel Necklace.
I couldn’t resist including this gorgeous Egyptian Revival amethyst pendant. The giant purple gem is obviously beautiful, but it’s the enamel detail that makes my jaw drop. The overall shape is vaguely floral, but the embellishments are actually winged scarabs.
Even better news? This beauty’s estimate is well under $1,000. That’s a lot of look and a cool historical aesthetic without too much of an investment.
There’s lots more lots* to love in Leslie Hindman’s September Sale, so be sure to take a look at the full catalog! They have showings coming up in Chicago and NYC in late August, and then the auction itself is September 10-13.
* I know I make that joke too frequently when I write about auctions but I can’t help myself.
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LANG ANTIQUES, SAN FRANCISCO, CA CARRIES LOTS OF MARCH & CO. STEEL JEWELRY.
Lang Antiques is wonderful! They always have such a wonderful selection of jewelry.
Jaenice Palmer says
I adore the look of the Marsh & Co. jewelry–the approach reminds me of the jewelry made with melted-down AK-47s at Taffin, which then as now reads as distinctly contemporary. It’s sculptural, too, but then why expect any less from a company with a shotgun-loving jeweler?
I’m so glad you love those too!! I actually wasn’t sure about including them because they’re really pretty obscure…but I knew there were others out there who would appreciate their weirdness as much as I do and I’m not remotely shocked that you were the first one to mention them. I hope you get to see some of these babies in person sometime: the feel of the finish on the steel is incredible.
Jaenice Palmer says
Yes, I’d like to see them up close and personal–and it does make a singular change from the too-precious prettiness that seems to pervade the market nowadays. I’ve had a love affair with obscure jewelry, via pictures at least, since my mid-to-late teens, so Marsh & Co. is a no-brainer for me. Then again, I drool when I see pieces by Erte or by Margaret de Patta or by Belperron–the innovation and artistry are what get me going, and the addition of gorgeous stones in unusual cuts and colors is just a bonus. You’re not shocked? My taste is that avant garde? Ye powers. I knew cultivating a certain aesthetic would pay off, but I didn’t know when or where. Again, great post!