Featured Sterling Art Deco Cubist? Elephant Brooch

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Marko, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Marko

    Marko Well-Known Member

    Has anyone seen one of these? I spent hours researching it yesterday.
    elephant pin front (625x616).jpg
    elephant brooch back (640x364).jpg
    elephant pin back 2 (541x640).jpg

    There is a very worn "sterling" mark, and there is a hallmark on the small piece, left, at the end of the tube hinge. Very hard to see, looks like a rooster? I have only seen one reproduction brooch on the internet somewhat similar. I have seen this form in architecture, paintings, and sculpture.

    Repro link on ebay, for reference only:


    I overlooked this $2 piece for weeks at a local thrift shop. Thanks for any insight you can shed.
  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I have, but I can't think where.:banghead::banghead: I hope someone else will know.
    It is probably difficult to photograph, but can you show us?
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  3. Marko

    Marko Well-Known Member

    I will try. My old Samsungs took much better close ups. Hubby has an older model, will use his.
  4. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Is that a trombone clasp?
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I had to check as well, there is a pull thingy on the left and you can see the thin tube just peeping out of the thicker tube.
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  6. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    If you're on an iPhone, there is a magnifier that you can enable to zoom in on small details such as the hallmark. I get a heck of a lot of use out of it.

    Please go here to see how to enable it:

    To save the image you zoom in on, you have to long hold on it, and then tap Save Image.
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  7. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    How have I had an iPhone for this long and didn't know this!
    Thanks very much :)
  8. Marko

    Marko Well-Known Member

    Nope. Samsung Galaxy. Yes trombone clasp.
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  9. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Marko, your brooch should not be described as "Cubist." Cubism is an art movement that depicts an object from multiple viewpoints, not just one as yours does.

  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  11. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    I didn't know this either. Thanks.
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  12. Marko

    Marko Well-Known Member

    Thanks, geometric it is. I can't get a close-up on the hallmark. Even with my strongest loupe it is hard to see. I do think it is the real deal, Art Deco era.
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  13. Gus Tuason

    Gus Tuason Active Member

    I wonder if it's not French. They used different marks for areas. Many of these marks were animal. You might check out French silver marks. Nice piece.
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