Featured help identifying vintage 925 dragon fly brooch

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  1. capitulation

    capitulation Member

    Hi,

    I am very depressed because I didnt win an online auction to adopt this beautiful 925 dragon fly brooch. I can see there is a mark/name on the back but I cant quite read it. Would any of you might recognize the mark or be familiar with this work so I can continue my hunt for it?

    Also if its possible to tell the approximate age from the clasp mechanism that would be wonderful to learn.

    Much appreciated.


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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Welcome, Capitulation (and your kitty friend!) So sorry that you did not win this pin.

    Are there any letters you can make out? Anything besides letters that might be a maker's mark? Are these the only pictures the seller posted?
     
  3. capitulation

    capitulation Member

    Hi, thanks for your interest. There was one more picture, which Ive posted below. The top picture that shows the underside with the pin does show a name on the "tail" of the dragonfly in the center. If you zoom in you can see it but I cant make it out...would love to know the maker. Theres also another mark that looks oval above that but that one is completely illegible.

    It kind of reminds me of a Jezlaine scotty dog a bit but I dont think that is the maker from what I can make out from the name...

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  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I had already tried zooming, but like you, cannot make out a name that means anything to me. I take it the seller did not say anything about the markings or place of origin?
     
  5. capitulation

    capitulation Member

    No it was on Goodwill online auctions. They dont really identify much. Their auction site is also really dumb because they make you enter your 'max bid' at the outset and you cant really respond if someone else outbids you. consequently they're cannibilizing their own sales.

    I thought the maker said 'DILRUND' or something of the like. Oh well..thanks for trying..
     
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  6. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I see "BIER??ND," but can't find anything useful with that interpretation.
     
  7. capitulation

    capitulation Member

    Thanks. I think the end is more likely 'LIND'..like you said, and I was also guessing a 'B' at the beginning. Oh well...thank you for trying!
     
  8. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    I'm viewing on my phone but looks like it says sterling to me.
     
  9. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Doh! :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
     
  10. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    That type of clasp suggests an origin during the reign of George V (1910 - 1936) deco days.
     
  11. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    If you search, you will find the question What is terlin silver? has been asked many times in various Internet forums.
     
  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome, Capitulation.
    I am sorry your pretty dragonfly flew away, that auction system sounds a bit dictatorial.:(
    I read Dierland, which is a name of German origin, but the brooch was probably made in North America. I also see a smaller oval with 925 in it, for sterling.
    I agree with Bronwen on early 20th century for the clasp.

    The age means it is more difficult to find another. But not impossible. Sometimes you have to wait some time, and then when you have almost forgotten about it, it comes your way.:)
     
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  13. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

  14. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Looks like STERLING to me, too.
     
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  15. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    I read 'STERLING' too. It's fairly recent, sometime in the last 20-30 years, either Jezlaine or produced by the one of the Thai manufacturers that supplied them...

    ~Cheryl
     
  16. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

  17. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    The etsy earrings are a dead-ringer!
     
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  18. capitulation

    capitulation Member

    Thank you for all your thoughtful responses. After I initially posted I sheepishly started wondering if the LIND was actually LING as in STERLING. I did read up on 'terlin' silver..thank you for that. In my gut I felt this piece had some good age to it, but it is remarkable how much the earrings on etsy look similar. At any rate I sincerely appreciate all the comments and will keep looking. I went for a long hike yesterday and saw dozens of the real dragonflies so that will keep me going for a while!
     
  19. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    If @say_it_slowly hadn't said something, I'd still be trying to work out the "name." :p
     
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  20. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    I wouldn't have thought of it without that post, either!
     
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