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STUNNING Rare Antique Chinese Needle Holder Pendant

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This listing is for an exquisite antique Chinese needle holder pendant. This rare and beautiful hand-made silver 3D vase-shaped piece is circa early 1900s. It's another of several pieces that I obtained from the estate of an avid collector of Asian antique jewelry and decor. When this piece is held by the top of the chain, the slender needle holder cylinder is hidden inside the vase (see photo 1). But when you hold the vase, the cylinder, weighted by the turquoise nugget, drops down to make the needles, which would have been inside the cylinder, available to the user (see photo 2). This amazing piece is filled with so much detail that I will describe it per section. Item #B01231

Central Detailed Figural Panels
Featured on each side are meticulously crafted silver panels featuring two little birds frolicking among flowers, vines and branches. Each of these panels is very similar but upon closer inspection you will see many little differences. For example, the little bird on the lower left is looking down on one panel but on the other panel it is looking up. These panels have a layered effect, in that the base layer is the branches, and the flowers and birds are on a level above the branches. And every little area on these panels is covered in intricate incised details, from the birds' wings and eyes, to the flowers and leaves, and down to the surface of the branches. Just incredible.

Top
The very top of the vase is covered in an incised cross-hatch pattern, then below that on both sides is a single very dimensional four-petal flower. Below that four-petal flower on each side looks like what might be a peony (different design on each side!) with curved lines emanating out on either side of the peony. Then there are bands above, below and to the side of the main central panels that are each bordered with edging that looks like twisted rope. These twisted rope borders on the top and bottom contain panels with incised linear patterns.

Sides
The twisted rope sections on the sides feature panels with curvy vines.

Weight on Bottom of Needle Holder
The weight attached to the bottom of the needle holder cylinder is comprised of a large 1/2" w x 5/8" h turquoise nugget, which is topped with a coral bead and then has a tiny little silver dangle hanging from the bottom (which also has a little incised design on it!).

Chain and Top Connector
Attached to the top of the needle holder cylinder is a chain with a beautiful butterfly connector at the top. There is intricate incised detailing on its wings and body. This butterfly piece has two little open loops on either side from which may, at one point, have had other ornamentation handing down from the loops. The large top loop was most likely attached to a chatelaine or perhaps a necklace of its former owner.

Material: Silver (exact silver content not known), Turquoise, Coral
Size: See photo 5 for Size Details; depth of vase portion (at widest part of vase) is 15/16"; if measuring width from edge to edge of each of the curly wire "handles" on the top portion of the vase, that width is just short of 1 1/2" w. Please convo me if you'd like more sizing info.
Quantity: One

AquaTerra Bazaar Promise
I want you to be 100% satisfied with any purchase you make from my shop, so my goal is to give you the most accurate description of each item that I possibly can, including sizes, colors and any known historical information for my vintage items. As a jewelry designer myself, I understand the importance of quality and uniqueness, and in order to provide the same to you, I hand-select all items that are in my shop. Prior to placing an order, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to convo me. After receipt of your order, if you are for any reason not satisfied with your item(s), again, convo me and I will do whatever is within my power to correct the situation.

Shipping
Your item(s) will be packaged with the greatest care and, depending on the item(s), will be shipped in either a bubble-padded envelope or a small box. I will ship your item within 1-3 business days from when you place your order and payment clears. Please check my Policies section for more details and for my Returns policy.

THANK YOU for shopping in the AquaTerra Bazaar!
This listing is for an exquisite antique Chinese needle holder pendant. This rare and beautiful hand-made silver 3D vase-shaped piece is circa early 1900s. It's another of several pieces that I obtained from the estate of an avid collector of Asian antique jewelry and decor. When this piece is held by the top of the chain, the slender needle holder cylinder is hidden inside the vase (see photo 1). But when you hold the vase, the cylinder, weighted by the turquoise nugget, drops down to make the needles, which would have been inside the cylinder, available to the user (see photo 2). This amazing piece is filled with so much detail that I will describe it per section. Item #B01231

Central Detailed Figural Panels
Featured on each side are meticulously crafted silver panels featuring two little birds frolicking among flowers, vines and branches. Each of these panels is very similar but upon closer inspection you will see many little differences. For example, the little bird on the lower left is looking down on one panel but on the other panel it is looking up. These panels have a layered effect, in that the base layer is the branches, and the flowers and birds are on a level above the branches. And every little area on these panels is covered in intricate incised details, from the birds' wings and eyes, to the flowers and leaves, and down to the surface of the branches. Just incredible.

Top
The very top of the vase is covered in an incised cross-hatch pattern, then below that on both sides is a single very dimensional four-petal flower. Below that four-petal flower on each side looks like what might be a peony (different design on each side!) with curved lines emanating out on either side of the peony. Then there are bands above, below and to the side of the main central panels that are each bordered with edging that looks like twisted rope. These twisted rope borders on the top and bottom contain panels with incised linear patterns.

Sides
The twisted rope sections on the sides feature panels with curvy vines.

Weight on Bottom of Needle Holder
The weight attached to the bottom of the needle holder cylinder is comprised of a large 1/2" w x 5/8" h turquoise nugget, which is topped with a coral bead and then has a tiny little silver dangle hanging from the bottom (which also has a little incised design on it!).

Chain and Top Connector
Attached to the top of the needle holder cylinder is a chain with a beautiful butterfly connector at the top. There is intricate incised detailing on its wings and body. This butterfly piece has two little open loops on either side from which may, at one point, have had other ornamentation handing down from the loops. The large top loop was most likely attached to a chatelaine or perhaps a necklace of its former owner.

Material: Silver (exact silver content not known), Turquoise, Coral
Size: See photo 5 for Size Details; depth of vase portion (at widest part of vase) is 15/16"; if measuring width from edge to edge of each of the curly wire "handles" on the top portion of the vase, that width is just short of 1 1/2" w. Please convo me if you'd like more sizing info.
Quantity: One

AquaTerra Bazaar Promise
I want you to be 100% satisfied with any purchase you make from my shop, so my goal is to give you the most accurate description of each item that I possibly can, including sizes, colors and any known historical information for my vintage items. As a jewelry designer myself, I understand the importance of quality and uniqueness, and in order to provide the same to you, I hand-select all items that are in my shop. Prior to placing an order, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to convo me. After receipt of your order, if you are for any reason not satisfied with your item(s), again, convo me and I will do whatever is within my power to correct the situation.

Shipping
Your item(s) will be packaged with the greatest care and, depending on the item(s), will be shipped in either a bubble-padded envelope or a small box. I will ship your item within 1-3 business days from when you place your order and payment clears. Please check my Policies section for more details and for my Returns policy.

THANK YOU for shopping in the AquaTerra Bazaar!

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Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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Returns and exchange details
I want you to be completely pleased with your purchase. If you are not, then you may return your item(s). To return an item, please follow the steps below:
1. Before returning an item, please convo me first within 3 days of receiving the item and let me know that you wish to return an item and why. I will then convo you with an approval for the return. If an item is simply returned to me without prior notice via convo and without my approval, unfortunately, this will be considered an unauthorized return and I will be unable to provide you with a refund.
2. The timeframe in which items may be returned is within 7 days of the date that you received the package.
3. The item(s) you wish to return should be returned in the original condition in which it/they were received. For bead strands, the strand must be returned intact and uncut; i.e., if beads were shipped in a strand, they must be returned strung on the original material they were strung on when you received them.
4. I am unable to refund shipping costs, so these costs will be at your expense.
5. I recommend that you insure any return shipment(s) in case of any damage or loss of the package that may possibly occur during the return shipping process.
6. Once I have received your returned item(s) in the original condition, the purchase price of your item (minus shipping fees) will be refunded within 2 business days of when I receive the return.

Shipping policies

The Aqua Terra Bazaar currently only ships items to locations within the US. Once payment has cleared for the item(s) you've ordered, the item(s) will ship within 1-3 business days (business days are Monday-Friday and I do not include holidays a business days). The item(s) will be packaged with the greatest care and shipped either in a bubble-padded pouch or a small box via USPS First Class mail. The item(s) will be shipped to the address that is provided through Etsy unless you specifically indicate that you would like the item(s) to be shipped to a different address. Just to be on the safe side, please convo me PRIOR to purchasing to let me know if you want your shipment (or a portion of your shipment) to go to an address that is different from the address you set up for yourself in the Etsy system. Standard shipping time for USPS First Class mail within the US is usually from 3-9 days. If you would like to receive your items sooner, please convo me to let me know PRIOR to placing your order and I can help you with arrangements for a more expedited shipping method. If your order totals $100 or more, your shipping cost is free; if you order an item that is more than $100, there is free shipping already built into that listing; if you order multiple items that total $100 or more, I will refund your shipping cost when I process your order. As previously stated, every package I ship is shipped via USPS First Class mail and each shipment has a tracking number. The Aqua Terra Bazaar is not responsible for the package once it has been shipped. If you feel your package has been lost by the USPS, please use the tracking number to locate the package and/or contact the post office.
The Aqua Terra Bazaar currently only ships items to locations within the US. Once payment has cleared for the item(s) you've ordered, the item(s) will ship within 1-3 business days (business days are Monday-Friday and I do not include holidays a business days). The item(s) will be packaged with the greatest care and shipped either in a bubble-padded pouch or a small box via USPS First Class mail. The item(s) will be shipped to the address that is provided through Etsy unless you specifically indicate that you would like the item(s) to be shipped to a different address. Just to be on the safe side, please convo me PRIOR to purchasing to let me know if you want your shipment (or a portion of your shipment) to go to an address that is different from the address you set up for yourself in the Etsy system. Standard shipping time for USPS First Class mail within the US is usually from 3-9 days. If you would like to receive your items sooner, please convo me to let me know PRIOR to placing your order and I can help you with arrangements for a more expedited shipping method. If your order totals $100 or more, your shipping cost is free; if you order an item that is more than $100, there is free shipping already built into that listing; if you order multiple items that total $100 or more, I will refund your shipping cost when I process your order. As previously stated, every package I ship is shipped via USPS First Class mail and each shipment has a tracking number. The Aqua Terra Bazaar is not responsible for the package once it has been shipped. If you feel your package has been lost by the USPS, please use the tracking number to locate the package and/or contact the post office.

Additional policies

You are always welcome to contact me with any questions or comments you may have about any of my items. If you should ever have any issues or concerns, please convo me prior to leaving feedback so that I will have the opportunity to work out a solution for you. My goal is that you are always 100% happy with your purchase!

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STUNNING Rare Antique Chinese Needle Holder Pendant

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Overview

  • Vintage Supply from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: Silver, Turquoise, Coral
  • Feedback: 259 reviews
  • Favorited by: 22 people
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