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Posted 10 months ago


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This feels like an antique to me, but I am not sure. It's hallow and did not test positive for gold. But the back side is very unique and it has a c clasp. I really love this piece.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Maybe 'Pinchbeck'. Perhaps c.1910?
    "Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc,
    mixed in proportions (9 to 1) so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget.
    Nice design of the basket of flowers.
  2. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    vetraio50, thanks very much. Great information and now the mystery is solved.
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    Thanks for the loves. I think this is one of the older pieces I own!!
  4. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 10 months ago
    I love it!!! It is Beautiful! Tree of Life?
  5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    Thanks Moonstonelover21. I love this one too....
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 10 months ago
    Any way old because this kind of clasp is the earliest type of catch. Nice brooch it also could be of so called Schaumgold (German) or Sparkling gold production:
    The upper part is shaped in a thin gold foil and soldered onto another thin gold sheet. The cavity may be filled with putty.
  7. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    Thanks Agram.m. You are very knowledgeable. Have a wonderful evening.
  8. Stillwater Stillwater, 10 months ago
    Actually I believe it is rolled gold instead of Pinchbeck, you can see it gold wearing off to expose brass underneath on the little roots of the tree. And yes Fluffy, it is old. The tube hinge dates it from 1850-1910.
  9. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    Thanks Stillwater. I really appreciate the help!
  10. davyd286, 10 months ago
    Stillwater, do you think the clasp is original to the piece? Is it common to see the "patches" at the attachment points?
  11. Stillwater Stillwater, 10 months ago
    Not truly original, but it wasn't replaced longer than a few years after the piece was made. The brooch itself is not extremely old. If it was a safety clasp then of course we wouldn't use it when dating, but its contemporary with the style of the brooch.
  12. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 10 months ago
    Thanks for all the information. I am learning a bunch on CW
  13. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 9 months ago
    Thanks for all the loves
  14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 9 months ago
    Thanks Freiheit, Petey and CW friends for the loves...
  15. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 26 days ago
    tom and agh...Thank you...

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