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Posted 4 years ago


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I found this pin a while ago. It might be pot metal. All the rhinestones are there and it looks like cut steel, but I am not sure. I like the hammered finish on the back. There are no marks on the back. my best guess is that it might be from the 1910-1920's. Any Ideas?

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  1. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
  2. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Thanks a lot, Moonstonelover21. I like this one a lot more than the other one.
  3. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Also many thanks, vintagejewel and DrFluffy:)
  4. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Many thanks, vetraio50:)
  5. davyd286, 4 years ago
    It's not cut steel. I'd guess it's from around 1980s or later, in the Art Deco style.
  6. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Thanks, davyd286. You are most likely correct about the cut steel. I looked at it again, and the material is not steel, that's for sure. However, I still think it is older than the 1980's. I have some pieces from the early part of the last century and they look and feel very close. I have seen also later pieces in this style, but the metal was different. The more recent pieces were usually heavy and solid, made from a more shiny material. You can't see it on the photo but my pin seems to be hollow or made of a very light metal; a material I have not seen used in a long time. In any case, it seems to be a cheep version of the real thing, I am just not sure how old it really is, and since I am new at collecting I need to learn a lot. I do appreciate your time and input, davyd86:)
  7. Newtimes Newtimes, 4 years ago
    Hmm maybe its late sixties early seventies...I posted a pair of earrings that reminded me of your brooch. I dont think your brooch is from the same company as my earrings, but it has the same style.
  8. davyd286, 4 years ago
    1970s is definitely a possibility.
  9. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Thanks for your comment, Newtimes. I still think that the metal is different from anything that was used in the last few decades. I just started collecting a short while ago and have a lot to learn. For that reason, I truly appreciate your comments:)
  10. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Also many thanks to Manikin, bratjdd, and LeahGoodwin:)
  11. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    freiheit I may have to agree with davyd286 on this one look at the lengh of the pin coming out of the clasp not long at all now look at your older ones & you may see what I meant on other post it's the length there the longer the older I am led to beleive. I think it's neat. Hope you are keeping well.
  12. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    You got a point, Zowie; I read about that too. So maybe it's a more recent piece after all. In any case, I like the mystery. One of the reasons I started collecting is trying to learn about the items' origin and past. It really keeps me entertained.
    Well, this pin is doing it for me:)
  13. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    I feel exactly the same way we must do something to keep learning & the brain working, still have amber pieces thinking of getting rid of that depends.
  14. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Absolutely correct, Zowie! Without a little challenge here and there life would be too boring:) Good luck finding out about your amber pieces!
  15. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    In some ways i have done that but the brooch has markings so will have to get out & clean to try & read markings.
  16. kaye46 kaye46, 4 years ago
    It might be wise to look at some Fisher bar pins from the 1920s, this one looks like some of theirs
  17. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Kaye46, thank you for your tip. I tried to Google Fisher but didn't find anything yet. Someone pointed me in another direction and the style was definitely the same - but the metal finish was not. So I will keep searching and hope that your lead turns out to be the right one:)

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