With consignments crisscrossing the map, pieces from collections as far away
as New Mexico and Massachusetts will be offered alongside generous local consignments.
From rare Bakelite to collectible costume to important estate
pieces, collectors of every kind will have the chance to bid on choice jewels
as they build their own collections. Past jewelry auctions held at Antique Helper
have had their own personalities, with the December 2004 sale setting individual
records and the April sale proving to be a better over-all sale. “This
sale has a lot of great individual pieces, geared more toward beginning collectors,
with more reasonably priced items, than past jewelry auctions,” says Dan
Among the more than 100 catalogued lots of colorful bakelite pieces, the majority
coming from a single Michigan collection, a few individual pieces stand out,
including a random dot black and white bracelet. And, originally part
Ripley’s father’s collection, a rare bakelite “Philadelphia
Bracelet” returns to Indianapolis to be offered in this important sale.
Estimated to bring between $6,000 and $8,000, this important piece of jewelry
comes with quite a history. Other bakelite includes several large lots of bangles
spanning the color wheel, as well as a multitude of individual lots, including
pins, bracelets and necklaces.
Not to be overlooked, costume jewelry often brings higher prices than its “fine
jewelry” counterparts. A Trifari crane pin, sold in the December
2004 Jewelry auction, brought an impressive $9,200. The upcoming jewelry auction
will present a great selection of important pieces as well, including nine lots
of Eisenberg, and more than a dozen lots by Miriam Haskell, some
offered with Larry Austin prints or original illustrations. Other familiar
names include Hattie Carnegie, Hobe, Joseff, Gucci, De Rosa,
Chanel and Coro Craft. Marcel Boucher offerings including a exotic
enamel Gryphon bird pin with rhinestones and pieces by Trifari
include a rhinestone bird pin and a vermeil jelly belly bird pin.
Estate-quality watches, including a large consignment from the now retired
Time Gallery in Indianapolis will give bidders a more than elegant way
to mark the hours. Two time pieces of special note are an Edwardian Guilloche
pendant watch (est. $1,000-$2,000) and Guilloche enamel Tiffany Swiss
travel clock (est. $2,000-$3,000). Coming from a local consignor whose family
founded Wasson’s Department Store in Indianapolis, these pieces are important
for their pedigree as well as their rarity.
Other Estate Fine Jewelry includes a pair of 1930s platinum Art Deco jade
drop earrings (Est. $550) and a 14K white gold Ballerina ring with two
CTW diamonds (est. $900), and a lady’s 10 TCW diamond tennis bracelet
FUN ON THE FLOOR
In addition to the choice cataloged pieces offered on eBay live, there will
be “Tons of uncataloged lots,” says Ripley. Large lots of costume
jewelry should be great deals for dealers as well as beginning collectors. In
addition, a great selection of gold pocket watches and ladies time pieces will
be offered directly to the floor.
The auction is scheduled to begin at 1 PM Central time on Sunday, September
18. An online catalog can soon be viewed at www.antiquehelper.com. For
more information call 317.251.5635.