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Posted 3 years ago


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Tony's Gramma left Germany for Nebraska in 1916 at age 17. I wish I knew more of her journey. I wonder if she bought this on her way here. This looks to be black glass jet and I contacted the Whitby museum in UK but didn't get an answer. Red cameo must be glass and back is metal w/c clasp. It doesn't matter if it's just a tourist piece of **** but I would love to know if a teenage girl treated herself to this simple cameo and where she might have bought it.

I just saw a similar cameo on ebay (8/2/2014) that describes as red and black milkglass. That one is nearly identical but has a mark on back "made in Chechoslovakia" and mine doesn't.

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  1. pencapchewdraw pencapchewdraw, 3 years ago
    This looks like a mourning(widows) jewelry piece, being made of carved semi-precious jet or obsidian, the red bust is most likely coral. An excellent resource site for cameos is called Pommreaie Antiques. This most likely dates late victorian era. It's beautiful & I wish it was mine.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    Thank you for your expertise and the resource site. If it's Victorian maybe her Mother gave it to many questions and why I love old jewels.
  3. davyd286, 3 years ago
    It's hard to tell for sure from these photos what the materials are. You say the back is metal - I think if it was a (semi)- precious stone, the back would have been left open. It is certainly striking in design and color combo. I would suggest checking if it's glass or plastic. One way could be to tap on a piece of jewelry that you know is glass and then tap on this piece and compare the feel and the sound.
  4. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    I'm sure the red is glass. The black base is one carved piece - glass or jet? Thanks for your expertise - you know about cameos. These pictures aren't great I know.
  5. davyd286, 3 years ago
    If the red part is glass, then the background is probably glass, too. The pieces were probably manufactured in separate molds and then glued together.

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