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Antique Queen Victoria 1896 Penny Cut Out Brooch: A unique piece of Victorian era coin jewelry, this brooch was made from an 1896 British copper penny. The Queens profile has been cut out, with serrated edges around the inside of the brooch. The brooch has a c-clasp with tube hinge. The piece was absolutely pitch black when I received it and I did polish some. I will leave any extra polishing to new owner. The brooch measures 1 1/4".
Vintage Sterling Silver Amethyst Leaf Brooch: A beautifully crafted brooch in sterling silver, the design features two leaves flanking a 9x7 mm. oval medium purple faceted amethyst set securely in a raised bezel. The stylized leaves are accented with curls of silver, the amethyst is accented with "raindrops" and yet more curled silver. The design origin is a hard one to call, so I am not attributing this piece. I will say it is simply stunning and well made. Unsigned and unmarked, it acid tests as sterling silver. The brooch measures 2 5/8 by 5/8".
Vintage Baroque Pearl and Sterling Silver Spray Brooch: Gorgeous vintage pearl spray brooch hand crafted in sterling silver ( unmarked and tested). The pearls are amazing, all irregular baroque shapes ranging from glowing cream to shimmering silver grey. The delicate leaves are etched which adds sparkle. The sweeping design is layered and oh so lovely! The brooch measures 2 1/2 by 1 1/4" and is unmarked and unsigned, but does acid test as sterling silver.
Antique Victorian Plainville Stock Company 14k Paste Rhinestone Brooch: This is a wonderful late Victorian brooch from Plainville Stock company. It is centered with a large rose cut paste rhinestone, extremely brilliant and set in multiple prongs. This is an unusual piece in that the bars and leaves across the top of the brooch test as 14k gold, the support bar across the back of the brooch is only gold plated. I had my personal jeweler verify my results to confirm my testing. The brooch has an old safety pin clasp which is signed PSCO for Plainville Stock Company. It measures 2 1/4". A fabulous and unusual find!
Vintage Equestrian Saddle Horse Transfer Print Porcelain Brooch: This wonderful vintage brooch features a lovely saddle horse head transfer print on porcelain. The horse has a wide blaze and a full snaffle bit bridle. I love his alert ears and expression! The setting is a lovely openwork gold plated filigree design with old style roll over clasp. There is also a fold up bale to wear the piece as a pendant. The brooch is in wonderful condition, any white on print is reflection from my LED lights. The brooch measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/2" and is unsigned.
Vintage Russian Amber Spider Bug Brooch: Although this brooch is often referred to as a spider, he only has 6 legs so we will just have to allow some artistic license! This bug is crafted from gold plated metal with a large teardrop Russian amber body and round head. There are markings above the clasp on the back, but I can't read them. I often see these pieces sold as 8k gold, but this is plated metal. A nice size at 1 3/4", he is in excellent condition. C-clasp closure holds securely. This fun critter will be a great conversation starter!
Amazing Vintage Red Purple Rivoli Rhinestone Brooch: This astounding vintage brooch was hard to photo, and with all that is going on with it, hard to describe! The brooch is an explosion of navettes in rich purple, deep ruby red and deep pink. The center is a large volcano rivoli in an unusual square shape. Small chaton rhinestones frame the clusters of larger marquise rhinestones and the crowning glory is the dimensional flower set asymmetrically on the brooch. Although you can pin this to be in the center if you choose, the brooch was designed for the flower to sit to one side. All of the stones but the center rivoli are prong set. A large piece at 3 by 3", it is in excellent condition and surprisingly unsigned.
Classic HAR Double Leaf Frond Brooch: Elegant and classic signed HAR (HARGO) double leaf frond brooch in brushed gold tone metal. A dimensional piece made with the attention to detail HAR is famous for, with the center row raised slightly above the lower frond. The gold plated metal is in excellent condition and the brooch measures 3 1/4 by 1 1/2". Signed HAR(c).
Vintage Sterling Silver Baroque Pearl Brooch: These vintage silver and pearl brooches were brought back from Korea as gifts for wives and girlfriends! They are elegant and timely as is all pearl jewelry, and were so well made and designed. The swag design is crafted in sterling silver and adorned with seven large baroque shaped pearls. They have a lovely luster and orient. The brooch measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/2" and is marked SILVER. It acid tests strongly as sterling.
Vintage Brushed Gold Tone Amber Rhinestone Fish Brooch: Adorable vintage figural fish brooch in gold tone metal. The metal is detailed and heavily textured. The fish has ruffled gills accented with amber topaz rhinestones with a line of rhinestones running through the center of the tail. She measures 1 3/8 by 1 7/8" and is signed, but even with a loupe I can't make out the poor strike.
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