‘Perhaps to a modern woman, the hand-wrought jewellery by Dorrie Nossiter will have the greatest appeal,’ wrote a review. ‘She has designed rings, necklaces, clips and earrings, earrings being the most handsome of all – and she gives her works of art such charming appellations as Quiet Evening, Stamboul and Treasure Trove.’
Nossiter’s work (she used the King brothers for setting throughout her career) is rarely signed or hallmarked and her clusters of colourful semi-precious gems set in gold and silver is sometimes confused with the work of other Craft Revivalists.
This bracelet, c.1950, attributed to Nossiter, comes for sale at Roseberys London on March 15 with a guide of £3000-4000. Set with cat’s eye chrysoberyl, pink tourmaline, cabochon citrine, green zircon, and pearls, it comes in a Dibdin & Co, Sloane Street, case.
A Victorian bracelet coming for sale at Halls in Shrewsbury on March 23 with a guide of £700-900 has connections to the Minton ceramics family. Set with a series of oval porcelain plaques, four are female representations of the seasons and two depict doves upon a ring of roses.
The yellow metal engraved scroll mount is inscribed CMC to LWC May 1852 – initials that relate to Colin Minton Campbell and Louisa Wilmot Cave-Browne-Cave, who married on August 3, 1853. Minton Campbell was the grandson of Thomas Minton, founder of the Minton pottery, and he joined the Minton partnership in 1849. He represented North Staffordshire in Parliament from 1874-80.