Antiquing in Salem

Salem is best remembered for its 17th-century witch trials, but the coastal Massachusetts town was also a bustling center of international trade. From darkly beautiful jewelry to wickedly gorgeous accents, this bewitching vintage assortment pays homage to the locale’s worldly—and otherworldly—past. Photo by Alex Hoerner.

Antiquing in Salem

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VINTAGEPrecious & Rare Pieces
Egyptian Scarab Beetle Flip Ring 14k
$795.00
14 karat yellow gold cocktail 'flip' ring with a carved scarab center. Centrally mounted brown stone is hand carved in the form of a scarab beetle. The side mounts are hinged to allow the ring to move forwards or backwards (or 'flip'). The underside of the brown stone is also hand carved to resemble ancient hieroglyphics. Marked: 14k. Weight: 5.8 grams. Size: 5 1/2. Can be resized.
 
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$195.00
Antique stoneware boot flask with thick Rockingham glaze. Mother-of-Pearl stopper. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$75.00
Antique brooch with four large bezel set paste stones. C clasp and hinged pin stem. Minimal spots on paste foil. No maker's mark.
 
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$125.00
Antique English salt glazed cream and sugar. Made circa 1820. Dimensions: cream, 4"L x 3"W x 2"H; sugar, 3.5"Dia x 3.25"H. Impressed maker's mark on underside.
 
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VINTAGEThanks for the Memories
Coro Snake Necklace
$289.00
Coro necklace with serpentine chain and snake head accented with clear and green rhinestones and tail accented with clear rhinestones. Hidden clasp. 16"L; snake head, 0.5"W x 1"H. Circa 1950.
 
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$1,355.00
English school desk in burnished oak with bronze inkwell and level supports. Desktop resides at an angle and can be manipulated using the supports to lie flat. The inkwell is engraved: E.S.A.L. London. Age wear.
 
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$275.00
Antique cast iron doorstop. Made during the Georgian period, circa 1850. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$595.00
19th-century French newel post finial (boule d'escalier) with heavy blown cobalt glass ball. Salvaged from a Paris apartment. Minor wear. Mounting hardware not included (double-sided screw)
 
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$185.00
1930s 12k gold-filled sterling bracelet presenting bezel-set open-back carved art glass scarab cabochons mimicking lapis, amethyst, amber, chrysoprase, & obsidian, linked by open circles and ridged bar connectors. Marked "1/20-12k G.F.".
 
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$425.00
Pair of French opalescent glass Boule d'Escalier (newel post finials). 19th century pieces used to adorn staircase newel posts. They would also make beautiful finials for a drapery rod. Rarely found in pairs, these are from an 19th century home near Paris. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$395.00
Set of twelve midnight blue antique French napkins with "CC" monogram. Napkins are antique but have been recently hand-dyed in small batches in Provence, France. They are washed in lavender water and heavily starched. Minor color irregularities are normal and light spots are from ironing with heavy starch (will wash out). light wear.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Lancashire Harvest Table
$2,675.00
19th-century English harvest table made in the region of Lancashire. The top is made up of planks and follows down to a scalloped apron with three drawers and wonderfully turned legs. The finish is rustic from age and use. Age wear and shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Oak Dresser Base
$7,795.00
17th-century English oak dresser base with a three plank top with a beveled edge. The case is comprised of two banks of three drawers each flanking a central single drawer over a paneled door. Raised on bracket feet.
 
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VINTAGERose Victoria
French Advertising Flour Tin
$95.00
French advertising flour tin with original lid. Marked as shown. Light wear, wear to paint.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
18th-C. English Oak Carved Bench
$4,925.00
18th Century English oak bench with a paneled back, which has four hand-carved shaped molded raised panels with acanthus leaf decoration. The seat is made up of two planks, and is beveled along the front edge. The arms are also shaped and the piece is supported on hand turned legs ending in pad feet in the front, and simple legs in the back for easy placement against a wall. The seat height is 16.75".
 
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VINTAGECastle Antiques & Design
Renaissance-style Chest of Drawers
$1,931.00
1870's Renaissance-style chest of drawers is made from walnut wood with its original walnut color stain finish. The facade of the chest is adorned with carved details of floral motifs, shells, and leaves. The four drawers feature moulding and leafy details and decorative brass pulls and keyhole plates. The drawers are flanked by carved columns. The chest of drawers is finished with a cream marble top and carved round feet.
 
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$175.00
Antique French cathedral candlestick. To be used with a soft/pliable beeswax candle. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$2,459.00
Etruscan-style 18K gold ring set with a large sugarloaf-cut sodalite cabochon. Sodalite is the pure blue component in lapis lazuli. Size: 6; sizable.
 
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$365.00
Early American primitive hand wrought iron ice skates, circa early 1900s. Blacksmith made, no makers mark. Purchased in the DownEast coastal Maine region. Age weathered, leather brittle with some loss.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Server
$2,975.00
19th-century French server made from oak, with a three plank top, following down to a scalloped apron containing two drawers. Raised on gorgeously turned legs joined by matching stretchers.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Walnut Stools, Pair
$1,295.00
19th Century pair of French stools made from walnut. The tops are beveled around the edge, and follow down to simple aprons. They are supported on hand turned legs, joined by simple stretchers and raised on turned feet. Patina.
 
VINTAGEPrecious & Rare Pieces
4.5ct Diamond Spider Necklace
$6,495.00
10 karat white gold blackened spider pendant with diamond details. Round brilliant cut diamonds total an estimated 4.50 carats (estimated at F-G color and VS1-2 clarity). Marked: the spider is not hallmarked though it has tested positive for 10 karat gold. The necklace is hallmarked 750 for 18 karat gold. Weight: 11.7 grams. The spider measures 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch. The chain measures 16 inches in length.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Oak Server
$3,975.00
17th-century English oak server with a plank top with a molded edge, two drawers with exquisitely carved fronts, and paneled sides. Supported on front legs which are hand-turned and simple plank back legs, as was customary in this period. The backboards retain an old mouse hole.
 
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VINTAGEArtifax Antiques
Bone-Handle Flatware, 6-Pcs
$149.00
Set of three forks and three knives made of steel with bone handles, circa 1860. Please note the small size, likely made for children. Marked "H" on knife blades. Overall patina and oxidation. Knives: 6"L; blades: 0.5"W. Forks: 5"L. Minor oxidation.
 
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$235.00
Set of six cut crystal amethyst colored Bohemian wine stems. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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$245.00
Pair of oversize glass apothecary jars, circa 1860. Lids are meant to sit loosely atop the bottles, they would have originally had an inner cork. Handblown glass with pontil mark on undersides. No maker's mark. Oxidation to lids.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
18th-C. English Carved Long Bench
$2,495.00
18th-century English oak joint bench with a restored top. The top is beveled around the edge and follows down to a beautifully carved apron and scalloped supports. The legs are hand-turned and splayed and are joined by a stretchers. Wear and shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGELa Maison Supreme
Sheffield Flask
$465.00
Vintage English Sheffield pewter flask. Maker's mark on underside.
 
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$145.00
Set of six French wineglasses with black stems, circa 1960. Marked "France" on undersides.
 
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$395.00
Set of twelve antique French napkins with monogram "JA". Napkins are antique but have been recently hand-dyed in small batches in Provence, France. They are washed in lavender water and heavily starched. Minor color irregularities are normal and light spots are from ironing with heavy starch (will wash out). light wear.
 
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VINTAGECW House Eclectic
Double-Well Amethyst Specimen
$99.00
Interesting amethyst specimen cut from two separate interior wells, each with a different crystal formation.
 
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$225.00
Set of six antique French linen napkins with monogram "VP" or "JP". Napkins are antique but have been recently hand-dyed in small batches in Provence, France. They are washed in lavender water and heavily starched. Minor color irregularities are normal and light spots are from ironing with heavy starch (will wash out). light wear.
 
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VINTAGEPrints with a Past
19th-C. French Beetle Print
$125.00
Original hand colored lithograph of beetles from a French natural history series published in the late 1840s. Shown are the Violin Beetle and a variety of Ground Beetles. Conservation matted to fit a standard frame size. Image, 5.5"L x 9"H; overall, 12"L x 16"H. Includes a certificate with additional information.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Pedestal Side Table
$1,695.00
19th-C. French side table with a wonderfully carved edge around the multi-layer beveled top. The pedestal is a hand-turned barley-twist column which is resting on a wonderfully shaped and carved tripod base with hoof feet.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Bench
$3,255.00
17th-century oak bench with a newly upholstered top in linen with single welt decoration. Wear and signs of old repairs on the legs. Old woodworm damage, pictured. Seat, 23.75"L x 10.63"W.
 
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$359.00
Mid-19th-century American covered tin fork and spoon caddy with handle. Made in New England, circa 1850. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. Swedish Painted Console
$1,595.00
19th-century Swedish pine console with two drawers and pierced vase-shaped trestle legs, joined by a bottom shelf. Supported on bun feet. Some wear, newer paint.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. English Dairy Skimming Table
$2,975.00
19th-century dairy skimming table with zinc top and original brass drain plug. The trough measures 7" deep. Age wear, shrinkage.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. English Carved Console
$1,595.00
19th Century English oak console table with a wonderfully scalloped and carved backsplash, following down to a beveled edge around the top and a carved and scalloped apron. The front legs are bobbin turned and end on turned feet, joined to the back simple legs by a scalloped stretcher. Table, 29.88"H.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
17th-C. English Geometric Chest
$7,255.00
17th Century unusual two-piece chest of drawers. The top is made up of oak planks, and has a beveled edge. There is old restoration, stains and discoloration on the top from honest use. There are four drawers, all with cushion panels and geometric patterned designs. The sides are raised paneled, and the case is raised on fabulous double-bun feet. in the front, and flat back legs fro fitting against a wall.
 
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VINTAGEBlack Sheep Antiques
19th-C. French Side Table
$2,425.00
19th century French console table with a beveled and gadrooned edge around the top, following down to carved and pierced decorated aprons on three sides with a concealed drawer in the front. The piece is supported on hand-carved and turned legs, joined by a cross stretcher and raised on turned feet.
 
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$195.00
Sterling silver drop earrings prong-set with onyx stones. Post backs. Stamped "925" with an illegible maker's mark.
 
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$225.00
Antique George Jones flow blue teapot in the Abbey pattern. Maker's mark on underside. Light wear, discoloration spots on spout.
 
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VINTAGEOwl's Roost Antiques
Lagos Caviar Onyx, Sterling & Gold Ring
$199.00
Vintage Lagos Caviar sterling silver and 18K gold ring featuring a bezel-set domed black onyx cabochon flanked by 18K gold beads between the setting and the larger sterling beads on the mount. Signed "Caviar" and ".925" (for sterling), as well as "750" for 18K gold. US size 7; can be sized. Some wear, scratches.
 
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$225.00
English ironstone "Quick-Cooker" pudding mold. Maker's mark on front. Light wear.
 
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$195.00
Antique E. Mason & Co Brewery, Maidstone England ale barrel lid. Could be used as a bar tray or hung on the wall. Removable felt feet to protect under surfaces. Mounting hardware not included. No maker's mark. Wear, separation of wood, chips.
 
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VINTAGECarrie's Couture
Panetta Faux-Amethyst Earrings
$185.00
1960s modernist goldtone & silvertone faux-amethyst paste and clear paste clip back earrings. Marked "Panetta."
 
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VINTAGERaymond Lee Jewelers
Sapphire & Diamond Drop Necklace
$895.00
14K yellow gold, sapphire, and diamond drop necklace. Spring ring clasp. Round brilliant diamonds, approximately .09ctw; H/I in color and SI in clarity. Blue sapphire, approximately 2.5ctw. Chain, 17"L. Total weight: 7.7dwt (3.7g).
 
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$125.00
Antique stoneware ladle with wood handle. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGELittle Treasures
Faceted Amethyst Bead Necklace
$485.00
Hand-knotted strand of large, chunky faceted amethyst beads in graduated sizes. Gold-plated filigree clasp. Minimal wear.
 
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VINTAGEThanks for the Memories
1940s Spider Brooch
$189.00
Goldtone metal spider brooch with articulated raised legs and accented with green rhinestones. Circa 1940. Age wear.
 
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$399.00
Vrba one-of-a-kind black onyx-colored glass and resin necklace with rhinestone glass detail and seven metal resin crosses. Toggle closure. Comes with velvet pouch.
 
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$225.00
Antique cigar and cigarette cutter. Appears to be in working order. No maker's mark. Light wear.
 
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VINTAGECorbell Silver Company Inc.
C. 1890 English Candlesticks, Pair
$609.00
Pair of paneled silver-plate candlesticks featuring ribbon-and-reed edge borders with beading. Made in England, circa 1890.
 
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