Featured Dating an old dragon/mythical beast brooch

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Chloé06, Jan 8, 2024.

  1. Chloé06

    Chloé06 Member

    Hello, I would like to date an old brooch (the pin is missing). It looks quite old but is it 19th century (or earlier)? It depicts a dragon or a mythical beast and looks like it might have been surrounded by some sort of stones at one point. 5cm x 4.5cm. Many thanks for any suggestions.

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  2. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    My first thought was "wyvern", which might be UK.
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  3. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Looks like it's missing a whole lot of rhinestones.
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  4. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Thirded, but those can be replaced.
    Nice piece. Datewise I think ca 1910-1920.
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  6. Chloé06

    Chloé06 Member

    Hello, many thanks to everyone for your feedback. I might try and restore it.
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  7. Curioser

    Curioser Well-Known Member

    Looks like brass? What is the little flap of metal on the upper left? One of the "stone settings" on right seems to be double-punched or just damaged. Maybe something was broken off? I wouldn't suggest putting any time or stones into it.
  8. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    It's a Frankenstein piece,the back piece appears to be a copy from an original mystery object. The circle with the dragon was a separate piece soldered to the cast back piece. Impossible to date original construction time.
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  9. Chloé06

    Chloé06 Member

    Hello, thanks very much for your comment. The little flap of metal at the back is what used to hold the pin I think as on the other side there is a rusty lump which would have been the hinge (better photo enclosed).

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  10. Chloé06

    Chloé06 Member

    Hello, thanks very much for your comment, I hadn't thought of that.
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