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    Posted 8 years ago

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    My Charles Horner Pennanular Brooch Dr. Fluffy.. 2 inches x 1.25 inches wide. I do love it too. Charles Horner signature amber stones and sterling silver body. Quite a lovely piece. Thanks for asking me to "show and tell"..Glad I could.
    Interested to know the year if anyone out there can help. Thanks again, blingiton1948

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    1. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 8 years ago
      BellaEpoque: hope you like the Charles Horner Pennanular too?
    2. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 8 years ago
      I love it indeed, yours is very Celtic! :)
    3. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 8 years ago
      Thank you all for your comments..I too love that old ring..and I have it in a special place now..Glass is very beautiful I agree..if only it could speak!!
    4. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      I'm afraid it's not a Charles Horner piece... The CH would be in a cartouche, and instead of a "sterling" mark it would be a lion passant, the way all English silver is marked. Sorry...
    5. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 8 years ago
      Hello Stillwater. I am so glad you commented. I needed to know this. My other Charles Horner pieces definitely have the CH in a cartouche..and the other English markings. I bought it as a Horner, little did I know..however. Please don't be sorry. Tell me more. CH is ?? and Sterling Silver are the only other markings on the pin. It is very Celtic like BelleEpoque commented. I love it none the less, but would be nice to know who made it and when. Thanks again. That's why we have this site..helps me tons..regards blingiton1948
    6. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Couldn't tell you what CH was, might be someone trying to copy him? as a lot of people did copy Horner's thistle stuff. I don't think its even English though, since its marked with sterling and instead of the lion. They have the strictest assay laws in the world, you can actually get in a LOT of trouble for not marking precious metal correctly. A lot of those stones are actually glass, even in some good, old pieces I've had. I believe Horner used real Cairngorm and amethyst, which is a yellow quartz that is found in that region and has mostly been depleted. You'd have to look at them under a loupe either for swirls in glass or inclusions in genuine stone.
    7. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Just noticed in the third photo, the facets are smooth, which confirms my hunch that they were glass. Real gemstones from the earth have sharp facets, if they're ever smoothed over like that, they're glass. Good way to tell stones from glass
    8. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 8 years ago
      thank you..yes I think its glass..
    9. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 8 years ago
      There is a second, later, Charles Horner mark which is a C & H overlaid in gothic script. Sometimes it is seen without a hallmark (just the makers mark). But this isn't it. Can't help any more other to say it's later & it's not Horner.

      Horner did use glass. It was quite common, especially during the later period.

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