1970's Reed & Barton Sterling Wine Taster's Key Christmas Medallion Ornament Pendant. New Condition In Original Box With Chain & Romance Card. I believe these sterling keys came out in the early 70's, approximately the same time R & B brought out their sterling whistle line. This one is in new condition in the original box with the original chain, romance card and box. Last two Photos are file copies of previous ornaments.The key you will receive is still new in plastic. The box does have stain and wear consistent with age. The Key has tarnished even though still in plastic and will require proper polishing for a bright shiny finish. Many Christmas ornament collectors include this in their collections. This is complete with sterling bale so it can be worn as a pendant or hung from your Christmas tree or wreath as well as the original intent. It is properly hallmarked on the back; Wine Taster's Key; Circa 1880; Reed & Barton; Sterling. Photo two is a file photo for illustration purposes only. Wonderful gift for the wine enthusiast or ornament collector on your gift list. From the romance card: This distinguished silver adaptation of an antique bronze 19th Century French sommelier's key to the royal wine cellars of Versailles not only serves as an elegant piece of jewelry but as a "taste vin" or wine sip as well.
The key "loop", or handle, delicately garlanded with grape leaves that suggest the essence of wine, holds a half ounce, enough for the connoisseur to judge the bouquet, texture, and clarity of the wine under consideration. The sterling silver Wine-Taster's Key, with its adjustable, rhodioum-plated 39 chain, may be worn as a pendant around the neck, or symbolically as a belt around the waist.Even "his lordship" may wish to play the wine steward on festive occasions! This romantic new fashion tradition from the master craftsmen of Reed & Barton will, like fine wine itself, become a valued possession enriched and mellowed by the passage of time. There are no chips, cracks, dents, dings, bangs, scrapes or bends in this lovely piece.
This is complete with original box and romance card. It does not appear to have ever been used. There is jewelers name sticker residue on the front of the box. Since these have no visible date on them, they would make a great start to a new collection. Start a holiday gift tradition for a loved one or special friend with this sparkling series.
As a result, the following series are no longer in production: Sterling Angel, Santa, Williamsburg and Pierced Cross as well as the Silverplate Cross and Snowflake. The Lunt label has been totally eliminated. If by some small chance your item is not satisfactory, your return should still be received within 7 days or less. Be sure to check my other listings for many Christmas sterling pendant /medallion / ornament / charms, and other great gift items, Victoriana, Elegant Glassware, Vintage Clothes and Shoes etc. Thank you very much for your interest.
I look forward to doing business with you! The item "NIB Vintage Reed Barton Sterling Silver Wine Taster Key Xmas Ornament Pendant" is in sale since Wednesday, April 29, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Holiday & Seasonal\Christmas\ Modern (1946-90)\Ornaments\Metal". The seller is "dkoldtiques" and is located in Barry, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.