J.E. Caldwell & Co, founded in 1839 by the American jeweller James Emott Caldwell, acted as major jewellery and silver retailer in Philadelphia. The firm moved several times as it continually expanded, finally settling at 902 Chestnut Street in 1868. In 1876 they were exhibiting at The Centennial Exposition representing the American Jewelry Maker. Caldwell's son, James Albert Caldwell, took over the role as the head of the company in 1881.
Signed JEC Co and numbered W 4277 to inside of ring shank. Star sapphire purplish blue, with strong asterism, light surface wear, one chip visible around one prong. Diamonds bright and lively. Light surface wear to metal surfaces. Overall in good condition. Gross weight approximately 7.7 grams. Accompanied by case. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Please note that colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's. We do not guarantee, and are not responsible for any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the property. We do not guarantee that watches are in working order. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue, in particular to the Notice regarding the treatment and condition of gemstones. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."