Gold and Silver
|Older catalogues shed light on|
the jewelry and accessories of times past. Illustrations date the items we
collect and enjoy today, and help us understand how these lovely things were
worn and used.
It is also interesting to see how these accessories were priced over 100
years ago. Where possible, we have added pictures of the items
illustrated in the catalogue.
Originally a local jewelry shop, by the late 1800’s,
Daniel Low & Co. was distributing their gifts catalogue and selling
nationally via mail order.
Daniel Low & Co., 1901
| Heart pins, sterling silver initials, lorgnette. Priced in the|
catalogue from $ .25 to $5.00 each.
Brooches, chatelaines, veil clasps. Priced in
carved bar pin. View
| Brooches and chatelaine pins. Priced in the catalogue from $ .40 to|
It is interesting to note the similarity of some jewelry motifs
Detail of cupid brooch from the page shown above.
Pearl and diamond brooches and pendants.
pearl starburst brooch. #Q22923
| Pearl and diamond brooches and pendants. Priced in|
the catalogue from $6.00 to $38.00 each.
Fine enameled 14k gold brooches. Priced in
| Enameled |
SHAMROCK and seed pearls jewelry.
SHAMROCK and seed
pearls pin. #Q12737
| 14k Gold brooches and chatelaine pins. Priced in the|
catalogue from $2.50 to $11.00 each.
14k Gold hats pins, cuff pins, bracelets and
| 14k Gold hats pins, brooches, links. Priced in the|
catalogue from $1.00 to $25.00 each.
| From the front of this catalogue: "We are the largest dealers in the United|
States in solid gold and sterling by mail. This branch of our business has
extended over a period of eleven years, increasing constantly… Our store
occupies the site of the historic First Church (erected 1634)… on the
corner of Essex and Washington, Salem, Massachusetts."
Girls rings, boys rings, baby rings.
yellow gold ring with medical "Caducaus" entwined snake, size 5-3/4.
| 10k "Solid gold" finger rings. Priced in the catalogue from|
$1.50 to $25.00 each.
| Men’s seal, garnet and opal rings.|
14k birthmonth rings, all real stones. Priced in the catalogue from $1.60 to
cabochon pinky ring with embossed sides.
| From this page of the catalogue: "History and mythology tell us of the deep|
seated belief in early centuries regarding the powerful influence exerted by
gems and precious stones over the destinies of persons born in the month
which each governs. The pleasing custom of giving birthstones is the outcome
of this tradition."
14k gold chains. Priced in the catalogue from
GOLD TONE slide chain with blue striped enameled slide, 50".
|Closer view of chain and fob.|
WATCH chain. men’s 11" with
Gold scarf pins. Stones all genuine. Priced in the
SHAMROCK and seed
pearls stick pin.
| Hat pins, scarf pins, cuff pins. Priced in the catalogue from $|
.25 to $2.00 each.
Belt buckles. Priced in the catalogue from $1.35 to $4.50
|KERR sterling cupids|
belt buckle. View
| Fine medallion buckles, cloak clasps. Priced in the catalogue|
from $ .40 to $7.00 each.
According to the catalogue, these belt buckles were worn on silk ribbons
purse/compact elegantly fitted with coin holder, cash pocket and notepad,
3-1/3" by 2-5/8" by 3/4" thick and engraved "ECG".
|STERLING memo tablet.|
Another similarity in the use of jewelry motifs comparing a
Detail of Art Nouveau lady brooch from the
Rose bead border pattern puff boxes and
|STERLING B with sword|
mark ornate sterling lid engraved with the initials "AES" dresser jars, 2"
wide by 1-1/8" high, set of two.
| Articles for children. Chased and beaded brushes and combs.|
Priced in the catalogue from $.75 to $3.50.
Shoe horns, curling tongs, glove stretchers, etc.
| Button hooks, nail files, glove hooks. Priced in the|
catalogue from $.30 to $1.00.
STERLING F nail file
Flasks. Sterling, lizard covered, and cut
| Glass pungents with sterling hinged lids and glass stoppers.|
Priced in the catalogue from $ .75 to $3.00 per piece.
Floral toilet sets in the "Narcissus" and
| Sterling silver toilet articles chased with shield.|
Priced in the catalogue from $1.25 to $11.00 per piece.
The Heart’s Ease pattern. "These are pansies… that’s for thoughts".
Chatelaine bags, purses, etc. Priced in
marked 925 4" mesh purse on a sterling chatelaine, 7-1/2" total
| Inkstands and other articles. Priced in the catalogue|
from $2.25 to $9.00 per piece.
Desk pads and other articles for the desk.
STERLING 6-1/2" postal scale by
| Frames and cupid desk set. Priced in the catalogue from|
$2.00 to $4.25 per piece.
Seals, stamp boxes and other desk
|STERLING wax seal|
with the engraved initial "C". #a18693
| Whistles, cigar cutters, nail file cases, etc. Priced in|
the catalogue from $ .50 to $3.50 per piece.
Sterling match safes, including one with a
|STERLING match safe embossed violets,|
engraved "MWL", hallmark "?-anchor-G", 2-1/2", dents.
"Articles for the Workbasket".
STERLING thread bobbin.
| Waxes, emeries and thimble cases.|
Sterling silver and solid gold thimbles. Priced in the catalogue from
$ .25 to $6.25 per piece.
Embroidery Scissors. Priced in the catalogue
|R&S Co sterling sewing scissors, 3-1/2".|
| Scissors and scissor sheaths. Priced in the catalogue from $|
.60 to $2.25 per piece.
STERLING nail scissors with heavily embossed
Lancaster Rose pattern sterling flatwear.
|LANCASTER ROSE|| Also known as The Rose Bead pattern. Priced in the catalogue|
from $5.00 to $7.50 per piece.
The Witch spoons, originally made
spoon, "Hey Diddle Diddle".
| Baby spoons for little hands to hold. Priced in the catalogue from $|
1.75 to $2.50 per piece.
| NOTE: According to Dorothy T. Rainwater’s book "American Jewelry|
Manufacturers", the Daniel Low Company was established in 1867, and they
began as a little jewelry shop. Says Rainwater, "Daniel Low was largely
responsible for the spread of the souvenir spoon craze." He published his
first catalogue in 1893.