Featured Brass brooch with faux cameos

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by daveydempsey, Jun 2, 2023.

  1. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Can anyone tell me anything about this brooch I recovered from an attic.
    I think the cameos are celluloid and what looks to be a jet background is glass.
    Is it a mourning brooch?
    One of the danglies is missing.
    Gents watch for size comparison.



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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    It's certainly designed after mourning jewelry, but I'd think 30s Revival rather than Victorian. The cameos are pure glass, I'd think.
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    As evelyb notes, the cameos are most likely 2 pieces of fused glass, & probably Czech manufacture, which does not mean the whole brooch was made there, as the cameos were widely distributed as jewellery elements. Here are some salesman's samples, dated 1928:

    Glass Sample Set B.jpg

    As hinges & clasps go, these are quite modern. I think brooch is from middle third of the 20th century.
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  5. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!


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  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    To me the metalwork looks earlier rather than later; that particular rollover clasp looks like something out of the late 40s to early 50s if not pre-War. It looks like they soldered three cameo settings together.
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