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Posted 2 years ago


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I've had this pendant in a box of costume jewelry for ages. It's copper with enameling and what I thought was a glass cabochon... but perhaps it's ceramic? I've no idea. Unsigned - at least, I can't find a signature anywhere. It measures 50mm long by 35mm wide. Does anyone have any clues? I'd love to know! Thanks.

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  1. bdeclee, 2 years ago
    My update: I think the cabochon might be what's called "Peking Glass." Several hits on google look very similar to this center stone. As yet, though, no idea of the maker. I see this piece as transitional between art nouveau and arts and crafts. Am I in the ballpark?
  2. davyd286, 2 years ago
    The pendant seems to have elements from several styles/eras. I'd suggest looking closer at the center cabochon to see whether it's glass or ceramic. Ceramic inserts like that were popular in the 60s-70s.
  3. bdeclee, 2 years ago
    Davy - Thanks - it's definitely glass, and I'm pretty sure it's "Peking Glass." The pendant belonged to my great-aunt, so I doubt it's 60s-era.
    Sewing: Thank you so much - I'll be interested to hear what your markings are.
  4. bdeclee, 2 years ago
    Dear Sewing,
    Thank you so very much! You know, I had a feeling my pendant was some kind of brass. It doesn't exactly look just like copper, but not totally like brass either. Anyway, I will check out Regina's website forthwith and appreciate all your help.
  5. bdeclee, 2 years ago
    Hi Sewing,
    I found it, actually, on Regina's site - it's captioned "Circa 1910 Czech Necklace." It has a graceful drawn cable chain with it. Or at least, if it's not the one you are talking about, it's darn close! Thanks to your replies, I marked this as "solved." Grazie!
  6. bdeclee, 2 years ago
    Oh, I forgot - I wonder if the metal is pinchbeck? I don't know if it was used in jewelry as late as 1910, but if so, it seems likely that's what it is.

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