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Erie Basin

Erie Basin

388 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Owner Russell Whitmore’s antiques store infuses small-town discoveries with a New York state of mind. The corner storefront suggests an old home upstate, with its clapboard façade, handmade screen door, and black-painted pine floor. Inside, the cases and walls gleam with American and European jewelry, household items, and objets d’art. Whitmore makes weekly trips to estate sales in the Tristate area or sources up the Hudson Valley, so there’s a constant stream of new merchandise. Your eye might be caught by delicate Victorian mother-of-pearl pocket knives and bone teaspoons, a vulcanite watch chain, or 1920s onyx rings. Much of the collection dates from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but some unique modern jewelry crops up, too. The contemporary pieces cleverly play off the old. A buckle-motif titanium ring by Paul DeBlassie IV, for instance, echoes the Victorian-era buckle trend, while laser-cut leather necklaces by Shaoo have intricate curves reminiscent of vintage carved ivory. Together, they make a seamless circuit of historical reference and individuality. — Jennifer Paull

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This highly curated shop has a vintage jewelry selection of unusual finds, like art nouveau lockets and Victorian engagement rings.
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Russell Whitmore's curatorial approach to antique dealing collecting combines contemporary stylistic & cultural relevance. Not all is shown ... Read More
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Fairly-priced antiques from around the globe with a special collection of rare and radiant jewelry.
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Hands down, my favorite jewelry store in NYC. Russell is the best curator of vintage jewelry I know and EB is a must for anyone looking for ... Read More
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Gorgeous antique rings!
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