(Indianapolis, Indiana). The September 18th Costume, Bakelite and Estate
Jewelry Auction at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper courted the attentions
of local and national bidders. From a generous offering of Victorian, Edwardian
and estate fine jewelry to a rainbow hued embankment of bakelite to an
array of costume jewels that included Marcel Boucher, Eisenberg,
Miriam Haskell, Coro Craft, Trifari and other well know
names, this sale promised to be every bit as colorful and exciting as past jewelry
auctions. As with all Antique Helper auctions, prices reflect at 10% Buyer’s
Premium for floor bidders and a 15% buyer’s premium for telephone, absentee
and eBay bidders.

Starting the sale was a nice selection of fine jewelry, including natural South
Sea pearls
, pieces by Tiffany and Mikimoto, Victorian garnets,
gold, rubies, opals and coral. Among these pieces and receiving much pre-auction
attention was A Tiffany and Co. retailed Swiss miniature travel carriage
with movement by Concord Watch Co. in a blue sunburst guilloche enamel
silver case, selling within estimate for $1,437.50, to a telephone bidder, while
another beautiful timepiece, this an Edwardian Ladies gold pendant watch
with blue guilloche enamel and enamel floral borders brought $1,100 from a local
bidder. Among the other fine jewelry, an 18K yellow gold and citrine bracelet,
earrings and ring set closed at $747.50 from an absentee bidder, and a yellow
gold and enamel perpetual calendar and pencil holder with green cabochon button
doubled high estimate of $250, closing at $440, from a local bidder. A 14K white
gold ladies vintage Hamilton watch with approximately 1CTW in diamonds
brought $440 from a floor bidder, and a lovely lot of two pieces of Victorian
garnet jewelry, including a pendant with a hair receiver locket and a pair of
star dangle earrings more than doubled high estimate of $150, ending at $357.50,
also going to a floor bidder. Finally, a floor bidder wore home a beautiful
antique Eskimo walrus ivory bracelet, which more than doubled high estimate
of $200, closing at $522.50.


An Eisenberg Sterling Vermeil Can Can Dancer pin in an “Eisenberg
and Sons Original” box sold for $661.25, to an eBay bidder, and an Eisenberg
gilt sterling flower form clip
exceeded high estimate of $200, selling for
$258.75 to a telephone bidder. Also going to a telephone bidder was an Eisenberg
Original gilt sterling bird
or Peace Dove pin with enameling, large fuchsia
rhinestone and small clear rhinestones, more than doubling high estimate of
$200, selling for $488.75; an Eisenberg gilt sterling Ribbon Dancer pin
sold to an eBay bidder for $862.50 and a lot of five Eisenberg Original clips
in a Phyllis Original box brought $747.50 from a telephone bidder. A signed
Eisenberg Original gilt sterling reindeer or moose pin closed at $718.75, to
an eBay bidder. But, most spectacular among the Eisenberg offerings was a gilt
sterling mermaid pin with blue rhinestones
. Described with a high estimate
of $1,200, this fanciful piece exceeded high estimate, selling to a California
telephone bidder for $1,925.


As always, jewels by Miriam Haskell managed to hold the spotlight for
a considerable portion of the sale. An early Miriam Haskell/Frank Hess necklace
and earring set
with tooled silver-tone lily-of-the-valley, leaves, flowerets
and silver baroque pearls, ca. 1940, went to an eBay bidder for $805, while
a beautiful Miriam Haskell double strand necklace with opalescent moonstone
and glass bead flowers with clear rhinestones doubled high estimate, closing
at $575, to an eBay bidder. Also going to an eBay bidder was an early, unsigned,
attributed Miriam Haskell, Hess necklace and earrings set with multi
colored fleck glass beads, ca. 1940, offered with a signed period Haskell
, also exceeded high estimate of $250, selling for $546.25, and a local
absentee bidder took home a Miriam Haskell lavender swirl glass bead and
rhinestone necklace
, which ended at $431.35.


A collectors’ favorite, Trifari pieces fared well. An enamel
and rhinestone bird pin figural fur clip
with clear rhinestone accents,
ca. 1940, exceeded high estimate of $300, selling for $575 to an eBay bidder,
and a rare Trifari Pearl Belly tropical fish clip, designed by Alfred
Phillippe brought $661.25 from an eBay bidder.


Among the offerings by Marcel Boucher was a red and yellow metallic
enamel Griffin pin set
with pave rhinestones, which exceeded high estimate
of $800, ending at $1207.50, going to an eBay bidder. A corn on the cob pin
with green and yellow enamel, marked MB exceeded high estimate of $600, bringing
$718.75 from an eBay bidder. A giant Marcel Boucher flower pin, featured
in Jewels of Fantasy, and nearly 5” long exceeded high estimate of $1,000,
selling for $1,437.50 to a New York Telephone bidder. Another Boucher Metallic
Enamel pin, lover Birds on nest with eggs, also fared well, bringing
$1,322.50 from an eBay bidder.


The final portion of the sale was reserved for more than 140 lots of Bakelite.
From large lots of colorful bangles, to rare examples of pins, brooches,
bracelets and bangles
, the vast selection guaranteed choices for beginning
collectors as well as seasoned aficionados. A six-dot cream and marble brown
with a high estimate of $300 closed at $431.25, to a Pennsylvania
telephone bidder, and bringing the same price from an eBay bidder was an unusual,
possibly French, bakelite Deco Butterscotch overdye bangle. Going to
eBay bidders were a carved and overdyed dog brooch and a large overdyed
butterscotch Bakelite eagle pin
, each bringing $517.50. A reverse carved
floral Apple Juice hinge bracelet closed at $460, going to a telephone
bidder, and a set of two marbled blue and ivory six dot bangles sold
for $747.50 to an absentee bidder, while a red marbled dangle heart carved
arrow pin
with a pink painted celluloid chain brought $546.25 from an eBay
bidder. Raising the bar was a hard to find bakelite bowtie polka dot cream/black
, exceeding high estimate of $1,500, selling for $1,840 to a telephone
bidder. But, the undisputed star of the show was a Bakelite Philadelphia
, a red cuff with polychrome fins. An important part of any Bakelite
jewelry collection, this fine example, offered in excellent condition with no
chips, major scratches or repairs, sold for $6,325 to a California telephone

Based on the success of this sale, consignments are already pouring in for
Antique Helper’s next Costume, Bakelite and Estate Jewelry auction, scheduled
to take place on Sunday, December 4. For more information about these auctions,
please visit our website at www.antiquehelper.com or call 317-251-5635.