This is sincerely the nicest full boxes suite or full Demi Parure I have seen. Each and every piece fits into this box firmly and beautifully. I have taken quite a bit of time going through all of my personal books and also hundreds of Suites online and I must say, this has to be one of the nicest sets I can find.
The garnet paste set consists of a fabulous and long necklace with attached medallion, 2 bracelets, a gorgeous pair of earrings and 2 brooches. The large brooch is extremely impressive and large. It will look stunning on a jacket lapel. The smaller brooch could be converted to a ring if the new owner chose to do so as it is the perfect size.
The necklace is not a choker. Most are small and are generally around 14-15" long. The necklace measures 17" long. The medallion dangles 1 5/8" long. Without the attachment or finding it measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/4".
The earrings dangle the perfect 2 1/2" x 7/8" across. The earwires have professionally tested for 15K yellow gold and may have been replaced perhaps 100 years ago.
Each of the 2 bracelets measure 7" long.
The large brooch measures 2 7/8" across and in girandole style has 3 dangles. It dangles 2 1/4" long.
The smallest brooch measures 1" x 7/8" across.
Each of the bracelets can be added as extenders to the necklace. So, if you would like to wear the necklace at 24" or 31", Opera length they are very easy to attach.
The entire set has fancy collet crimped mounts. They are tested silver with a very thick gold vermeil over. The front is pristine with no apologies to be made.
The box is in perfect working order and the crushed velvet is in excellent condition. Also, the white interior is pristine and is clean with no stains or odors. There are a few scuffs on the outside of the leather box however I find it perfectly acceptable. Also, I have about 50+ photos so if you would like additional photos please do not hesitate to ask.
Circa 1860 ~ Made in the U.K by the esteemed Harvey and Gore. I have included a blurb about them at the end of my listing. They have quite a history and are known for making some of the finest pieces of jewelry. I have read online that they have also been commissioned over the years to make items for the Royals.
The set is in excellent condition. The only thing to possibly mention is there is some gold vermeil wear to the back of the top of the earrings and a bit to the bracelets from simple wear. I do not think it distracts in the least.
This is the finest full suite I have had in 20 years. I just cannot find anything better. It is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. This set is most certainly fit for the finest collections and is as good as anything I can find in any book. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Layaway is absolutely fine. Please feel free to email and I am sure I can work out something comfortable for you.
~ Biography of the Jewellery company ~
From the British Museum ~ Online reference: Harvey & Gore (Biographical details) Harvey & Gore (dealer/auction house; British; 1723) Also known as Harvey & Gore Address 1, Vigo Street, Regent Street, London (1820) Formerly at the Blue Boar within Aldgate (1720), the Georgian period. Biography Firm of London jewellers established in Aldgate as Alston and Grayhurst in 1723, though older versions of their logo use the date 1720. In 1812 they became Grayhurst and Harvey and moved to 61 Strand. The firm became Harvey and Gore in 1869, during which time they were based at 126 Regent Street. They subsequently moved to 1 Vigo Street. Since 1952 several generations of the Norman family have been involved with the dealership which exhibited at many of the Grosvenor House fairs. They were based at number 4 Burlington Gardens for several years-including the period during which Mrs Hull Grundy formed the majority of her collection. Now owned by Alastair and Sally Norman, the firm is based within Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade. Alastair's brother Nigel, formerly of the family firm, now operates his own jewellery business from within Grays Antiques. The firm's logo includes the sign of a boar, representing the Blue Boar Inn close to the firm's original location in Aldgate. The cartouche used in the present letterhead (and illustrated on three trade cards in the museum's collection) is said to have been designed by William Hogarth. Three trade cards and a bill-head in Heal Collection. Heal,67.200 is a sheet mounted with two trade cards and a bill-head. The trade cards advertise "Harvey & Gore. 1, Vigo Street, London W. Formerly at the Blue Boar within Algate 1720. Dealers in Antique Jewellery, Old Sheffield Plate & Silver." The bill-head states "Harvey & Gore, W.E. Axford, Proprietor. Late Alston & Grayhurst, at the Blue Boar within Aldgate, 1720. Late Grayhurst & Harvey, Formerly of Strand & Regent Street. Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths...Dealers in Antique & Second Hand Plate." Heal's annotations on mount: "Alston & Grayhurst 1720 at the Blue Boar within Aldgate. Grayhurst hardwareman, 4, within Aldgate, see Complete Guide 1777. Grayhurst & Harvey at 65 Strand 1810-1830. Harvey & Gore, Vigo St. 1870..." Heal,67.199 advertises ""Harvey & Gore. 1, Vigo Street, London W. Formerly at the Blue Boar within Algate 1720. Dealers in Antique Jewellery, Old Sheffield Plate & Silver." Heal,67.198 advertises "Formerly At the Blue Boar within Aldgate, 1723. The Old Shop Sign. Harvey & Gore beg to enclose the following articles with their best respects."
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