I can't say enough good things about this museum quality Stuart Crystal. I had just about decided that I would never be able to buy any more--especially with any adornment except the more common scribe. They have just exploded in price in the last year or so. I realized the two fine ones I had with skulls could not be replaced ever for my asking price, so I took them off and retired them to my own collection. I realized they just were not ever going to be the price I had spent a few years back for them, and I am braver than most. I was amazed to find this one from a London dealer from whom I often buy very early things, but I have never seen him have a Stuart Crystal. He said the same thing I just said; that he could not afford them anymore, but he did come up on this one at a "reasonable price." The amazing thing about this beautiful, gold, slide is that is had the most beautiful enameled back, and the back is in perfect condition. Keep in mind this piece this circa 1690, so that fact alone is amazing. If that isn't wonderful enough, this one has a beautiful garnet and pearl surround, and an angel on top of the hair. Under the highly faceted crystal. the piece also contains the scribe "AD." This lovely piece measures 1 inch East to West, and 3/4 of an inch North to South. This is only one of three i have ever seen with the enamel on the back. Folks, I'm just being honest here; if you want a Stuart Crystal in your collection with any sort of adornment other than a scribe, this is the time to buy. The good ones are priced, to me, now at around $7,000. I happened to get this one from a man who only bought it because it was a good price, and in such good shape. No dealers who have these, including myself, are desperate to sell them, and truthfully, I'd like to keep this one too, and I will if I don't sell it pretty soon. I just know these are the best of the best of mourning jewelry, and they are fast only to be found in museums. As it is, someone with a collection has to die before they become available. Yes, I am a mourning jewelry collector too, and i have often had to grit my teeth, take a deep breath, and take out the charge card, but I have never regretted it on such a fine piece as this one, and I have regretted items I didn't buy. The only reason I'm listing this piece is because I am keeping an extremely expensive Charles piece , and I had to make a choice!
Stuart Crystal, Angel Slide Garnet and Pearl Surround, Enameled Back
Stuart Crystal Slide, Pearls and Garnets, Angel, Enameled Back, 1690