Art Deco Charm Bracelet, ca. 1935

Value (2009) | $18,000 Auction$22,000 Auction

My aunts and uncles had a farm near New Paltz, New York, and it's alleged that my Aunt Kitty worked for one of the Rockefellers in New York, and the note that came with this said it may be a gift from him to her. I got it from my mother, who got it from my aunt, maybe in the '30s, would be my guess.

Which Rockefeller?

My speculation would be John D., but I don't know for sure.

This is something that was just so cute and so wearable. You have 13 charms. It's on a 14-karat white gold bracelet. The charms are platinum with diamonds, and some of them have enameling on it. There are four charms on here by a New York designer named Raymond Yard. We have the fish, the bird... the penguin... and the cat. Extremely collectible, very desirable, well-made charms. Other pieces that really interested me? Mickey Mouse, and then we have the little pig. The pig is carved coral. He has a little diamond attachment at the top. We believe him to be by Cartier.

Now, in a well-advertised auction, especially with the Raymond Yard and the Cartier connections, I think we're looking at about $18,000 to $22,000.

Well, thank you. It's a bit of a surprise to me. I'm aghast.

If we knew which Rockefeller it was, I'm sure it would appreciate the value if we could prove that provenance.

Appraisal Details

Rhinestone Rosie
Seattle, WA
Appraised value (2009)
$18,000 Auction$22,000 Auction
Madison, WI (July 11, 2009)

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