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Vintage Ballotini Bead Fierce Tiger Brooch: This unusual vintage figural brooch is an unsigned copy of the famous Boucher tiger. The detailed tiger has a fierce expression, his stripes are baby blue and coral colored ballotini beads. The antique gold tone plating is textured, the legs ornately patterned. The brooch measures 2 by 1 1/2" and is unsigned.
Vintage Black Bakelite & Reverse Carved Lucite Banjo Brooch: This fabulous vintage brooch features a figural banjo hand crafted with a black bakelite fret board and a reverse carved and painted lucite body. The fret board has 4 strings that connect to the body with metal pegs. The brooch is detailed and extremely well made. We do not know who made these brooches, but they were not factory production pieces and are relatively scarce. The brooch measures 4 by 1 3/4" and other than some very normal age wear to the lucite is in excellent condition. This brooch is shown on page 230 in "American Costume Jewelry N-Z - Art & Industry 1935-1950" by Roberto & Carla Brunialti.
Vintage Fringed Rhinestone Dancing Couple Brooch: This whimsical vintage brooch features a dancing couple, she in clear rhinestones and he is a black tux complete with bowtie. All of the stones are individually prong set and have great sparkle. There is light wear to the plating on the back of the brooch. The brooch is unsigned and measures 3 by 1 3/4".
Vintage Marbled Spinach Bakelite Carved Rosewood Turtle Brooch: Offered for your consideration is this adorable vintage bakelite and carved rosewood turtle brooch. The body is deeply carved, with small brass dots for his eyes. The shell is heavily marbled spinach bakelite, swirled with lighter green and golden butterscotch. The pin back is inset into the wood, and functions perfectly. The only flaw I can find is a small nick out of the wood on the tip of his tail. Mr. Turtle measures 3 by 1 5/8". Adorable!
Vintage Forstner Yellow Gold Filled Coiled Snake Bracelet: This gorgeous snake bracelet from Forstner appeared in a 1947 Harper's Bazaar ad and came in yellow and white gold filled metal. The flexible coils allow for almost any size wrist to wear with comfort. The gold tone metal is in excellent condition with ne wear and a wonderful patina. The exotic snake head is also detailed on the back, a testament to the quality of these pieces, which were only sold in high end department stores. The head measures 1 by 5/8" with each coil 1/4" wide. I can find no flaws in this amazing piece! it is signed Forstner, 1/20th 12k GF.
Vintage Featherlite or Bubblelite Orchid Brooch with Rhinestones: This vintage 1950's orchid brooch is crafted from a celluloid material called Featherlite or Bubblelite. The molded orchid is set with glittering rhinestones, one stone has a slightly darkened spot, but is still brilliant with plenty of sparkle. The brooch is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The brooch measures 2 1/2 by 2".
Huge Vintage Hedy Yellow Enamel Flower Brooch: This cheerful vintage brooch from Hedy features layered petals enameled in pale yellow with a bright green stem and leaves. A very nice size, it measures 4 by 2 3/4" and is in excellent condition. Signed Hedy (c). Just looking at this brooch makes me smile, and I know it will you too!
Vintage KJL Fantasy Deer with Rhinestones Brooch: This lovely vintage brooch from KJL ( Kenneth J Lane) features a lovely young deer ( buck) with a large glowing green glass navette eye and a collar of sparkling clear chaton rhinestones. The brooch is dimensional, and crafted from heavily textured gold plated metal. A cascade of rhinestones accents his head. The brooch is in excellent condition, measures 2 by 1 1/2" and is signed K.J.L. (c).
Vintage Signed Robert Allison Sterling Scottish Celtic Cloak Brooch: Huge vintage sterling ( fully hallmarked with the Glasgow Scottish hallmarks) signed RA ( Robert Allison) Celtic cloak brooch with figural birds and ornate Celtic designs. Heavy sterling, it weighs 45.93 grams. Although the date mark is blurred, based on my research I am confident this piece is circa 1950's. The brooch measures 2 1/4" across. The deep golden center stone ( a huge 20mm) has a star design faceted in the center. Although Robert Allison used both genuine stones and glass, I am fairly certain this is glass as the tiny chips ( visible only through a loop) on a facet edge have a conchoidal pattern and I don't see any of the natural zoning a citrine would exhibit, but it has not been tested. The brooch is in excellent condition, has a full set of hallmarks, and the makers initials RA.
Huge Vintage Reverse Carved & Painted Lucite Swordfish Brooch: Offered for your consideration is this very large vintage reverse carved swordfish or sailfish brooch. The brooch features clear lucite embellished with carved cross hatching on the body of the fish, and blue paint accents on the fins and sword. The clasp is sunk into the lucite, and an open C-clasp. This piece measures 4 1/2 by 3 1/2" and is in near mint condition. Fabulous!
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