Gloria Vanderbilt- More than a designer- An American Treasure

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

Gloria Vanderbilt- More than a designer- An American Treasure

My generation hears Gloria Vanderbilt and instantly, we think of those tight jeans from the 80’s with the trademark swan. Recently, I came across a vintage pair of her designer costume earrings and listed them for sale. I wanted to add this brief bio of the Vanderbilt family courtesy of Wikipedia to remind readers of the amazing contributions the Vanderbilts have made throughout the history of America.
“The Vanderbilt family is an American family of railroad notability who became socially prominent during the first half of the nineteenth-century. The family’s fortune was established by the shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, and eventually expanded into various other areas of industry and philanthropy through the 20th century. Cornelius Vanderbilt’s son and heir, William Henry Vanderbilt, expanded the fortune, becoming the richest man in the world by the time of his death in 1885. His descendants built great mansions in New York, Newport, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Vermont, Massachusetts and various other exclusive homes. The family’s prominence lasted until the late 20th century. Most of the family’s Fifth Avenue mansions were torn down, and other Vanderbilt homes have been sold or turned into museums. Collectively, the Vanderbilts are the seventh wealthiest family in history. The family surname is of Dutch origin.
The prominence of the family began with Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794–1877), the fourth of nine children born to a Staten Island family of modest means. His great-great-great-grandfather, Jan Aertszoon (1620–1705), was a Dutch farmer from the village of De Bilt, Utrecht, Netherlands, who emigrated to the Dutch colony of New Netherland as an indentured servant in 1650. Jan’s village name was added to the Dutch “Van der” (from the) to create “Van der Bilt” which evolved into Vanderbilt when the English took control of New Amsterdam (now New York). The family is related to the Dutch patrician family Van der Bilt.[1]
Cornelius Vanderbilt left school at age 11 and went on to build a shipping and railroad empire that, during the 19th century, made him one of the wealthiest men in the world.
The Vanderbilt family owned land in Corwith Township, Michigan, which was settled about 1875. When the Vanderbilt-owned Michigan Central Railroad came through in 1880, the village of Vanderbilt, Michigan, was established. Although Cornelius Vanderbilt always occupied a modest home, members of his family would use their wealth to build magnificent mansions. Shortly before his death in 1877, Vanderbilt donated US$1 million for the establishment of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, an amount equivalent to $22 to $149 million in 2011 dollars.[2]
Members of the family dominated what has come to be known as the “Gilded Age”, a period when Vanderbilt men were the merchant princes of American life through their prominence in the business world and as patrons of the arts throughout the world.
Some of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandchildren and great grandchildren gained fame as successful entrepreneurs while several achieved prominence in other fields such as Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877–1915), who went down on the RMS Lusitania. His son Alfred Jr. became a noted horse breeder and racing elder. Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884–1970) gained fame as a sportsman, winning the most coveted prize in yacht racing, the America’s Cup, on three occasions. His brother William Kissam Vanderbilt launched the Vanderbilt Cup for auto racing. Cornelius Vanderbilt IV (1898–1974) became an accomplished writer, newspaper publisher, and film producer.
Cornelius Vanderbilt had been awarded a gold medal by the United States government during the American Civil War for donating his steamer S.S. Vanderbilt to the Union forces. Inheritance of this medal became the symbol for the titular head of the Vanderbilt family.
In 1855, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt donated 8.5 acres (34,000 m²) of property to the Moravian Church and cemetery at New Dorp on Staten Island, New York. Later, his son William Henry Vanderbilt donated a further 4 acres (16,000 m²). A plot was kept for the Vanderbilt family in the Moravian Cemetery and several of them are buried there in the family mausoleum including the family founder. Their mausoleum was redesigned in 1885 by architect Richard Morris Hunt.
The noted economist John Kenneth Galbraith said that several generations of Vanderbilts showed both the talent for acquiring money and the dispensing of it in unmatched volume, adding that they dispensed their wealth for self-gratification and very often did it foolhardily.
Confirmation as to the validity of Galbraith’s views is that only forty-eight years after the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of his direct descendants died penniless. Within seventy years of his passing, the last of the ten great Vanderbilt Fifth Avenue mansions in New York City had been torn down. In 1973, the first Vanderbilt family reunion took place at Vanderbilt University.
The Vanderbilt family have become connected by marriage to such noble European families as the Spencer Churchill family (Duke of Marlborough (title), marquess of Blandford), counts of Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék, counts of Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár and counts of Hadik de Futak.
The family’s modern legacy includes Vanderbilt University as well as Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, which runs alongside Grand Central Terminal, the New York City rail hub built by the Vanderbilt family. Today the Vanderbilts are still the seventh wealthiest family in the world.
These earrings are for sale at buy rare stuff.
This is the listing description:
These are stunning costume earrings. These are very rare “Hallmarked” Gloria Vanderbilt Earrings with the Trademark Swan inside. These earrings are in beautiful condition and have a Channel Style with Channel Set Faux diamonds, square cut. The color of the gold tone can be worn with your 13, 18 or 22ct gold and they look real. Heavy and nicely made. They are pierced back and weigh just under 1″ in diameter and weigh 15.1 grams total weight.
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt (born February 20, 1924) is an American artist, author, actress, heiress, and socialite most noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN’s Anderson Cooper


Rare Sterling Silver Mexico Pendant Depicts Aztec Calendar for sale at Buy Rare Stuff

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

Vinatage sterling silver pendant
Estate Necklace depicts Aztec Calendar in Hallmarked Sterling Silver for Sale at

Abalone Inlay engraved flower on sterling silver Mexico Vintage Necklace

Sterling Silver Depiction Necklace for sale at

The Aztec Calendar Stone was not a calendar, but most likely a ceremonial container or altar linked to the Aztec sun god, Tonatiuh and its festivities. At its center is the image of the god Tonatiuh, within the sign Ollin, which means movement and represents the last of the Aztec cosmological eras, the Fifth Sun.

Tonatiuh’s hands are claws holding a human heart and his tongue is represented by a flint or obsidian knife indicating the need for sacrifice in order for the sun to continue its movement in the sky. At Tonatiuh’s sides are four boxes with the symbols of the preceding eras, or suns, along with the four directional signs. Tonatiuh’s image is surrounded by a cycle containing calendar and cosmological symbols. This ring contains the signs of the 20 days of the Aztec sacred calendar, called Tonalpohualli, which combined with 13 numbers, made up the sacred 260-day year. A second ring contains boxes each with five dots, standing for the five-day week, and signs probably representing sun rays. Finally, the sides of the disk are carved with two fire serpents which transport the sun god in his daily passage through the sky.

Sources for Aztec Calendar information can be found at

Art Deco Sterling Silver Antique Square Style Marcasite Bracelet

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

This is a stunning genuine antique 1920’s vintage Art Deco sterling silver (925 stamped) tennis bracelet. Square links with a geometric pattern inlaid with various sizes of round and square marcasites approx. 1/2 inch wide. Secure box clasp closure with safety latch in perfect working condition. Beautiful vintage condition,  a lovely patina acquired and priced to sell.. Image
Length: 7 1/8′
Width: 5/8′
Weight: 28.1g
Estate Sale Item

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Victorian Carved Shell Antique Cameo EArrings

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

These Victorian cameo earrings are a beautiful piece of history.  They are hand-carved in shell and set in 18kt gold.  They are in beautiful condition and were made for an infant or small child.  The posts appear to be added or repaired at some time.  The Circa is 1740-1800.  They are unsigned and unmarked.  A wonderful addition for cameo collectors or a perfect gift for a child, baptism, birth or woman who likes small earrings.  1.6 grams gold approximately 1 cm long and  .5cm wide.


Le devoir de mémoire

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates on September 24, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

Souvenirs de guerre

Le comité du Patrimoine de Bromptonville a raté une belle occasion d’honorer la mémoire d’un fils de Bromptonville.

Je viens d’apprendre de sources sûres que le projet de monument en honneur d’Eugène Gagnon a été refusé ou mis sur la glace.

Le comité devait sûrement avoir de bonnes raisons qu’on ignore pour refuser le projet.

Tibé Gagnon, pilote de Mosquito qui a fait 33 missions au-dessus de l’Allemagne dans l’escadrille 23 de la RAF, mériterait qu’on honore sa mémoire.

La vie est ainsi faite…

un héros méconnu de Bromptonville…

La mort aussi…

L’article mentionne même qu’il n’a jamais volé outre-mer!

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A Vintage Jewelry PIerre Cardin Love Story

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

One of the reasons that people love antiques, vintage and estate pieces is because they are interested in the STORY of that goes along with the collectible, jewelry, art and more.  I recently sold a rare Pierre Cardin Mid Century Hallmarked Sterling and Gold Pendant.

This was the listing at

“This is an amazing collector’s piece! Extremely Rare Statement Vintage Pendant. An original hallmarked modernist mid century Pierre Cardin Sterling Silver, Round Black Onyx Bezel Set in yellow gold Necklace on a Serpentine Sterling silver Chain. Gorgeous and Heavy! The Pendant is 2.5″ long X 2” wide and oval. Three large black oval cut onyx gems are bezel set in 14kt yellow gold. A Heavy and Finely made statement piece, it weighs 46.6 grams of sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold. Hallmarks on the back are “14K Pierre Cardin, Paris – New York, Sterling Silver – Argent”
The wide serpentine flat bezintine necklace is sterling silver, hallmarked, made in Italy and measures 1cm wide and 17″. This is a collector’s museum vintage estate piece. It will be sold as is with vintage on it. Once purchased, I can polish it new but most collectors want it with it’s antiquity.

The modernist jewelers who practiced their craft from the 1930s through the1960s were pretty emphatic about their rejection of the styles that had come before. Victorian jewelry was dismissed as too decorative, Art Nouveau pieces were deemed too fussy, and theArt Deco aesthetic was considered excessively rigid.
Modernist jewelers felt they had more in common with painters, sculptors, and other modern artists of the day. Their ambitious goal was to create one-of-a-kind works of art that people could wear the pieces.

Almost immediately after listing the piece, I received a note from a woman asking if she could put the piece on hold for a week.  She told me that she HAD to have it because she has the matching ring.  I just love stories like this.  Such a rare piece and the person who has purchase it has the matching ring!  I asked her to send me a picture of the ring after she received the pendant and it is a perfect match.  Now if only we knew the story!!!

The good news is that now, a new story begins.

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Italian Carved Sea Shell- Beutiful Large Natural Cameo

Posted in Lisa LePaige updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by Lisa LePaige

SHELL CAMEO SOLD AT BUYRARESTUFF.COM! SHIPPING TO HOLLAND. This finely carved shell cameo is hand etched on a genuine shell. Hand carved in Italy, it measures approximately 5″ X 4″. A stunning keepsake for any collector. Circa estimated at 1950-1970. In excellent condition.Image