Featured Nice gold Victorian pin + Cameo Brooch

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by spartcom5, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. spartcom5

    spartcom5 Well-Known Member

    Picked these up for $30. The little pin is 14k and the cameo is 10k. Both unmarked. Good condition on both as well. The cameo has a slight crack that may become invisible if cleaned properly. I think the cameo is Victorian as well based on the C clasp? Late 1800s?
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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  3. spartcom5

    spartcom5 Well-Known Member

    Your expertise is greatly appreciated! How old do you think she may be? Also, how rare are mens cameo brooches? I would love to have one
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    They are both lovely, spart.
    C-claps don't tell you the whole story, in this case the hinges on both are slightly later, and look original.
  5. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Cameo is a bit later with that hinge, early 20th. Likewise the flower broch, which will have language f flowers significance, if I can think what it is.
  6. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    I love your cameo it is so simple it is really stunning. I could see my Gram wearing it. The flower pin is also nice but I really like your cameo!!!!!!
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  7. ALittleBit

    ALittleBit ALittleBit

    The cameo is pretty with such a lovely, simple setting. The little brooch I think is Edwardian, around 1910-ish. I have a couple and this fits right in. No idea what flower it is supposed to be. Will go and read up.
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  8. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Looks like a holly leaf. Are the flower and the leaf attached to each other?
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  9. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Seeing similar pins called Honeymoon pin. The flowers in those are usually Forget-me-nots. But I don’t really know for sure.
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  10. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I agree with the general consensus about the age of the cameo & would put it to the first third of the 20th century. The other brooch looks somewhat earlier to me, based on hinge type.

    What I like is that both pieces feature a crescent moon.

    By men's cameo brooches, do you mean cameos featuring a male subject? Or cameos set in a way that would make them suitable for wear by a man? The former are not especially rare, particularly if you include both portraits of actual people and more imaginative work.


    The latter are not so common & of course it partly depends on what your consider suitable for a man. There are cameo cuff links and tie bars. Dante's Museum Masterpiece line used Incolay cameos taken from impressions of actual engraved gems. One cameo in my collection (also on the Pinterest board) is this guy, who looks like a noble Roman until you notice the fringed epaulets under his classical drapery. When some of the surrounding shell broke away, someone left the jagged shape and had it custom set in a heavy silver, industrial grade mount:


    He is definitely masculine attire, despite being set to wear as a pin.
  11. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Not a forget me not, wrong leaves. Arg.
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Also wrong petals.
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