Hello friends, lat week I talked about my recent visit to the Puces de Vanves. Today, I want to share my finds from that visit. There were so many tempting things for sale but I decided to focus on things that I could use for work. It is after all the main reason why I was at the Puces. I think I was quite fortunate this time. I barely arrived when I found my first piece (pictured above). The seller had bought out someone’s metal stamping business and this piece was one of the last from that lot. While the design of this lady looks like it is from the early years of the 1900s, this piece was actually made in the 1960s. It is not that old but I love the design. And it even has the original tag from the business.
Another piece that I acquired dates back to almost the same period. This forget me not pendant made of little glass beads resembling turquoise and cut steel dates back to the early years of the 20th century. The necklace it probably came with is gone but I am happy to have this gorgeous statement piece.
A bit of walking brought me to my next find. A pair of gorgeous French made pendants from a much earlier period. The piece on the right dates back to the period of 1890 while the other pendant is dates back to the beginning of the 1900s. Both were fashioned by hand and the enamel work is in very fine condition. I’m very excited by these two and I can’t wait to work on them.
The next set of pieces are quite interesting too. These were made in the 1890s and they were designed to be either lockets or as ornaments for men’s watches. As these particular pieces weren’t lockets, they were most likely used for men’s watches. In those days, men used pocket watches and at one end of the chain, there used to hang decorative little pendants such as these. Most of these pendants were made out of a mixture of brass and copper hence their rosy color. This particular mix was first authorized for use in jewelry by King Louis XVI in 1785. Previously, it was forbidden by the king. I think they would make for great pendants!
And my next find also dates back to the same time frame. This tiny enameled piece used to belong to a bracelet but all the other pieces are now lost. I don’t quite know what to do with it yet, but I just couldn’t resist it. The enamel work on the piece is still intact and I love the little flower design.
Finally, just as I was about to head home, I found some gorgeous beads. Finding these beads just about completed my day. These are early Venetians from the beginning of the 1900s. Its been awhile since I found some gorgeous beads in an antique market so I just had to have them!
I’m quite happy to be back at my desk working away with these gorgeous new pieces!