ERIE BASIN ANTIQUES
Open by Appointment
Erie Basin will be by appointment only from May 12th to July 10th.
Sara and I are eagerly expecting our first baby in May, and since Erie Basin is largely a one-man-show, I’m just going to be open by appointment from May 12th to July 10th. Call it paternity leave.
I’m around regular hours, Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 6, until then.
Arts & Crafts Scarab Pendant, Gilt & Enameled Porcelain
(in the online shop)
Probably my favorite thing in the shop right now.
1920s Art Deco Four Diamond Ring, ~0.40ctw Transitional Cuts
14K Yellow & White Gold (sold)
19th Century Diamond Serpent Ring, Modified Mine & Rose Cut Diamonds, Silver, 18K (sold)
This wonderful and peculiar ring was in sad shape when I found it. The diamond studded serpent is Georgian-era, but it had been badly mounted onto a turn-of-the-century English 18K shank. And it had several missing and broken stones. We fixed it up with period stones and rebuilt the mount to be more secure and tidier looking. Since the shank is clearly not the same period, I’m not sure if the serpent was part of a ring originally. But in any case it works well.
That pear-shaped mine cut is a prize— pear shaped diamonds of this period are very rare.
1900-10s Edwardian Freshwater Blister Pearl Studs, 14K Screw Posts (sold)
I love the weird freshwater pearls that were popular in the early 20th century. Today pearls have earned a rather conservative place in fashion. But these molar-esque pearl earrings are certain not to risk any associations with Barbara Bush.
1890-1900s Arts & Crafts Scarab, Enamel and Gilt Porcelain
24K Plated Silver Pendant Mount, $625
These Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts porcelain pieces were usually mounted as brooches. This one I found without a mount, so I had it made into a pendant. The mount is made just as it would have been in the 19th century, except that it’s gilt silver instead of brass.