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Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Buckle Brooch: This stunning antique Victorian buckle brooch is crafted in sterling silver. Victorian jewelry was very symbolic, with hidden meanings. The buckle represented strength and an unbreakable bond. These pieces were given as love tokens or in memory of a loved one who passed away. This lovely brooch measures 1 1/4 by 1 3/8". It dates from the late 1800's. The brooch catch is a tube hinge with open c-clasp which holds quite securely. There is a small area where the side of the brooch has pushed in a little on the tube hinge side. It does not effect the structure of the brooch, but this is an old piece and has obviously been worn and loved. I have not polished it, I will leave any polishing to the new owner. The brooch is unmarked and has acid tested as sterling silver.
Vintage Layered Fall Color Rhinestone Leaf Brooch Green Topaz Orange: This lovely and large vintage rhinestone brooch features a bevy of large navette rhinestones in glowing fall colors. The brooch is crafted in gold tone metal, and stacked chock full of navette rhinestones in shades of bright orange, golden citrine, deep topaz, peridot green and deep emerald green. A blue AB rhinestone caps one end, and small orange chaton rhinestones are sprinkled through out the brooch. Please note all of the rhinestones are individually prong set. The brooch is in excellent condition, measures 3 by 1 1/2" and is unsigned.
Vintage Sterling Silver, Amber and Garnet Long Bar Pin: This lovely vintage brooch is crafted in sterling silver in a long bar design and set in the center with a high profile kite shaped faceted garnet cabochon. Twisted silver braid flanks the center stone on each side. The large amber cabochons at each end of the brooch also have an unusual profile. The brooch measures 2 3/4 by 5/8" wide and is signed 925 with the numbers 87 for the date.
Exceptional Rolled Gold Victorian Love Knot Leaf and Vine Brooch: This stunning Victorian brooch is crafted in rolled gold and features a love knot motif accented with leaves and vines. The detail is wonderful, as even the gold curves are engraved with leaves and flowers. The brooch is accented with two leaves which are also engraved. The brooch is quite large for a Victorian piece, measuring 2 by 1 1/2". It has a tube hinge and extra long pin with an open C-clasp. The patina of the piece is wonderful, and I have not polished it. It is unsigned, and I would date to the late 1800's.
Vintage Art Deco Style Sterling Silver & Marcasite Wave Brooch: This amazing vintage brooch features classic art deco styling! Crafted in sterling silver and set with sparkling marcasites, the textured and ribbed silver setting flows around a black glass disk like waves breaking upon the shore. The brooch measures 2 by 1 3/4" and is marked 925 with a blurred makers mark.
Vintage Van Dell Sterling Pink Rhinestone Rose and Yellow Gold Filled Brooch: This stunning retro brooch from Van Dell is crafted in sterling silver and features a warm,rose gold plated flower set with a sparkling powder pink rhinestone, accented with scrolls and leaves in yellow gold plate. The brooch is a nice size, measuring 3 5/8 by 1 1/2". The front is in excellent condition, and the back shows plating wear to the vermeil from age and use. The roll over clasp hold quite securely. The brooch is signed Van Dell sterling, 1/20th 12k gold fill.
Vintage Signed JJ Cat with Lucite Fish Bowl Brooch: This enchanting, whimsical brooch from JJ (Jonette Co.) featured a determine cat trying to figure out a way to get to the goldfish. He has his head stuck in the bowl, and a most perplexed expression on his face. The fishbowl is made from a domed piece of clear lucite. Although I see this brooch referred to as a jelly belly, technically it is not, as the lucite piece is not part of the body of the cat. The brooch is crafted entirely of textured gold plated metal and is adorably lifelike. In excellent condition, it measures 1 3/4 by 1 7/8" and is signed JJ(c).
Vintage Sterling Silver Enamel Heraldic Crown Sword Lion Rampant Brooch: This vintage sterling silver heraldic brooch is crafted in sterling silver. The blue enamel shield features the royal lion of Scotland, the lion rampant. The shield is topped with an ornate crown, which is flanked with a scepter with orb on one side and a sword on the other. The shield is wrapped in laurel leaves, and there is a small silver bell which drops from the brooch. The brooch is artfully crafted from multiple pieces, the blue enamel is in excellent condition. I am not sure the bell is original, I feel is was added at some point, and it can be easily removed if you choose. The brooch weighs an impressive 23.29 grams of sterling silver. It measures 2 1/2 by 2" and is signed sterling. The brooch was also acid tested as sterling.
Vintage Reverse Crystal Intaglio Painted Brown Horse Flower and Leaf Brooch: This gorgeous reverse crystal intaglio features a lovely brown thoroughbred horse in one of the prettiest settings I have seen. The clear crystal is carved from the back and hand painted. The painting is in excellent condition with no wear, the white areas are a reflection of my LED lights. The intaglio is bordered with a gold tone frame with dark striped accents, which is in turn framed with a lovely gilded stamped brass pattern of leaves and flowers. The brooch measures 1 1/2 by 1 1/4" and the condition is excellent.
Rare Philadelphia Colors Bakelite & Chrome 1930's Bar Brooch: Rare and collectible, this fabulous late 1930's bakelite and chrome brooch features individual curved sections of multi color bakelite, deliciously wrapped in chrome. The colors bring to mind the famous multi color Philadephia bracelet, something we bakelite lovers all dream about! The bar on the back of the brooch carries the patent number 206696, this number dates to 1937 and is for the pin bar mechanism. The brooch measures 3 by 1/2" and is in excellent vintage condition. I have not polished the chrome, I will leave that to the new owner if they should choose, but I think it looks great as is.
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