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Summer Fine Art and Antique Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 9, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 306

15 Assorted Asian Jewelry Items, incl. 14K Gold & Black Onyx Bracelet, Jade

Estimate: $300 - $350

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1st item: Ladies 14K yellow gold bracelet featuring black onyx segments with 14K spacers, each containing a different chinese character. The bracelet is marked "14K" and is 6 1/2" L. Gross weight of the bracelet is 18.84 grams. 2nd-8th items: Grouping of Chinese carved hardstone and gilt sterling clips including 2 jade, 2 cinnabar, 1 lapis, 1 orange agate, and 1 black hardstone. All but cinnabar clips marked CHINA and SILVER to underside. Ranging in size from 1 1/4" to 1 7/8" L. 9th-15th items: Grouping of seven (7) carved cinnabar items including 4 buttons, 2 circular pendants, and 1 bead. Ranging in size from 3/4" to 1 3/4" dia. All items 20th century. Note: Descended through the Rawlings family and originally collected by Sara Emily Perkins (1892-1969) who was born in Tennville, GA. Orphaned at an early age, Sara lived with her unmarried sister Gertrude, a public health nurse in Charleston. She studied at Bessie Tift College and Washington College of Music. In 1922 she sailed for China to begin a course in nursing at the Peking Union Medical College; she graduated with an RN equivalency in 1925. In 1926 Perkins applied to the Board of Foreign Missions (PCUSA). She was assigned to the Douw Hospital in Peiping. She served that hospital for nearly twenty years, eventually becoming Superintendent of Nurses. She was imprisoned by the invading Japanese for six months in 1942-43. Once freed, she resumed her hospital work. In 1951 she was arrested and imprisoned by the Chinese communists. She was freed in 1955 and retired from missionary service two years later. After Sara died, Gertrude lived with Mary Rawlings (1897-1996), aunt to the consignor. ( and Perkins autobiography, Red China Prisoner).

The Collection of Dr. Joe Newsom Rawlings, Davisboro, Georgia.


Overall in very good condition