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Vintage 1930's Blue Art Glass Peacock Figural Brooch: This graceful vintage peacock brooch is crafted in silver tone pot metal. The fanned out tail is set with teardrop art glass stones, a lovely swirling of baby blue and cream with a bit of a cats eye effect. The base of the tail is detailed with tiny individual feathers with a faint wash of baby blue enamel. The body used to have a light wash of blue enamel but most has worn off over time. The crest is set with three light pink rhinestones. These brooches came in many variations and are a treat to find! As with most of the peacocks, this one is unsigned. The brooch measures 2 1/4 by 2".
Lovely Antique Edwardian Banded Agate Brooch: This lovely antique Edwardian brooch features a banded agate, the transparent material swirled with caramel and sienna colors in a gold plated frame bordered with tiny dots. the bbrooch is in amazing condition for its age, the plating almost pristine. Oval in shape, the brooch measures 1 1/4 by 7/8" and is unsigned. The old style roll over clasp holds quite securely.
Vintage Chinese Export Carved Carnelian Agate Lotus Flower Silver Vermeil Brooch: This lovely vintage Chinese export brooch is crafted in silver vermeil. The center stone is a beautifully carved carnelian agate lotus flower motif. The back of the brooch is delicate filigree wire work. It appears at some time the original clasp was stabilized, and this was well done. The brooch has a tube hinge and c-clasp closure. The brooch does test as silver, most likely 800 silver as was commonly used on the early pieces. The lovely beaded edge frames the center stone beautifully. The brooch measures 1 3/4 by 1 1/4" and is unsigned.
Vintage 1940s Green Enamel Rhinestone Bellflower Brooch: This lovely vintage 1940's pot metal brooch features a bellflower bouquet, each dimensional flower adorned with accents of deep green enamel and sparkling clear and green rhinestones. The gold plated brooch is layered and dimensional. The open work leaves are also accented with green enamel. The front is in excellent condition, the back shows age related plating wear. This unusual brooch measures 3 1/4 by 2" and is unsigned.
Vintage 1941 Unsigned Rice-Weiner Water Carrier Brooch: This wonderful figural Chinese water carrier brooch was designed by L.C. Mark for Rice-Weiner, with a patent date of Sept. 16, 1941, patent number 129,573. There were several design versions of this brooch, and this one is quite nice! The large figural has a red enamel shirt and rhinestone studded shorts. The rhinestones were mostly missing when I received him, the few left a disaster, so I replaced all of his rhinestones with clear, the original color. Two different size Venetian "wedding cake" beads are suspended from his pole. His plating is in wonderful shape, with slight wear to his nose and a spot on his cheek. He is a very nice size at 3 by 2 3/4", and is unsigned, but verified by design and patent.
Vintage Red Rhinestone Layered Floral Spray Brooch Rhodium Metal: This vintage rhinestone floral spray brooch is simply stunning! The bright rhodium plated metal is as lovely as the day it was made. The leaves and stems are composed of navette and long baguette rhinestones,all clear and brilliant. The trio of ruby red flowers are raised above the leaves and each is centered with a clear chaton rhinestone. All of the stones are individually prong set. The lovely design lends itself to be worn at many different angles. The riveted construction is classic 1950's. The brooch measures 2 1/2 by 2" and surprisingly is unsigned.
Vintage Sapphire Blue Crystal Layered Flower Brooch: This sparkling vintage brooch dates from the late 30's-40's. The sapphire blue faceted crystals are bezel set and layered. The center is cast in silver tone metal and set with a circle of baguettes around a rhinestone studded domed center. The gold tone leaves are riveted to the central flower. Although I often see these unsigned pieces attributed to Pennino, the construction is different from how Pennino made their pieces. There is normal age wear to the edges on the bezels. This piece has a nice size at 2 3/4 by 2". A very showy piece!
Vintage Chinese Export Carved Cinnabar Silver and Enamel Brooch: This lovely vintage 1930's Chinese export pin is crafted in 800 silver vermeil (tested) with a beautifully carved cinnabar oval in a floral motif. The cinnabar is framed with twisted border enameled in blue and red. The roll over clasp holds very securely. The brooch measures 1 1/4 by 1" and is signed China.
Vintage 1930's Rhinestone Ballerina Brooch: This lovely ballerina brooch is crafted in gold plated metal. Her bodice is pave'd with sparkling clear rhinestones, her face an inverted ( point up) red rhinestone and her headdress is accented with tiny rhinestones. Her swirling open work skirt is set with light green rhinestones. One leg is bent behind the other as she dances in point shoes. Her condition is very nice for her age, the rhinestones are gorgeous, her plating in very good condition. She measures 2 5/8 by 2 1/8" and is unsigned, as are so many of these early treasures. Circa 1930's.
Antique Victorian 1891 Sterling Hallmarked Maltese Cross Engraved Brooch: This fabulous antique Victorian sterling brooch was crafted in Birmingham England in 1891. The unusual design features an eight pointed star applied to a Maltese cross, the oval center heavily engraved with ivy leaves, the symbol of wedded bliss. Victorians loved to infuse their jewelry with heavy symbolism, the star a symbol of protection, the arms of the Maltese cross symbolizing temperance, prudence, justice, and fortitude. The brooch is signed B&W for William Brown and Bernard Wheelwright, the company founded in 1857. The brooch is fully hallmarked, in excellent condition, measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/8, and closes with a c-clasp
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