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James II Galleries
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E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
This venue is closed.
No longer a retail store, James II Galleries is still open for private appointments, and now operates like a real-life search engine for high-end whimsy. Specializing in 19th-century antiques, the gallery finds its patrons everything from silver and enamel cuff links and Venetian mirrors to extravagant magnifying glasses. Since departing its retail space for its current high-rise digs, James II keeps very little inventory on hand, requiring a week or two to track down specific requests. You’ll wait in high comfort during that search, either ensconced on James II’s cushy cream sofa or in the comfort of your own home, as associates trek electronically across the world to pin down your most obscure objet de desire. In addition to its engraving services, the gallery offers its own jewelry, including Victorian-inspired 14-karat gold heart necklaces with phrases set in stones that accord with each letter: MOM in malachite, opal, malachite. But be forewarned; there will be no frequent-flyer credits here. The gallery accepts neither credit cards nor returns.