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    Posted 7 years ago

    period_gems
    (20 items)

    This is an unusual item, purple and white enamel. Silver, with a gold pin. Minor enamel flecks.
    The white enamel central design is clearly a motif used by Jessie M King for Liberty, who also used gold pins.

    However I have never seen a bar brooch like this. Liberty, fake/repro or something else?

    Opinions please.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      I wished I knew................ BUT IT IS STUNNING!!!!! NICE ONE :)
    2. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 7 years ago
      to me it does seem like a Jessie King Liberty original, lovely!
    3. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 7 years ago
      Looks right for JMK to me, but I've never seen any examples of this design. What it really reminds me of is that Liberty belt buckle with the birds that's a bit Wilkie looking. Do you know the one I mean? Any chance of a shot of the back?
    4. period_gems period_gems, 7 years ago
      photographs of the back and side, they show that its been somewhere warm and dry for a long time, slight deterioration of the silver, could do with a good polish...
      one day.
    5. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 7 years ago
      Thanks period-gems, never seen one like it.
    6. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      This one draws me in. I've come back to look at it quite a few times. It's really appealing.
    7. period_gems period_gems, 7 years ago
      No, me either Jewels, its normally more...organic a design, its rather unusual isn't it, that's why I'm not so sure, but I really want it to be, also clouding my judgement somewhat probably.

      Thanks Amber, its rather nice either way.
    8. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 7 years ago
      I know what you mean about what you want it to be. I have to watch that myself. The other option for this one could be Agnes Banksier Harvey. I've never seen a piece that I'd consider directly comparable, but the looseness of design is similar.
    9. period_gems period_gems, 7 years ago
      I'm finding it difficult to find jewellery or enamel pieces by Agnes Bankier Harvey but I'll keep looking.
    10. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 7 years ago
      There's a single example in the Schiffer Arts & Crafts jewellery & metalwork book. It's been a while since I got out my Glasgow books. I'll have a look over the next few days & see if I can find anything else. There's a little booklet on Scottish Arts & Crafts jewellery, do you have it?
    11. period_gems period_gems, 7 years ago
      I don't think I do...it's an exhibition catalogue or just a fantastic read?
      Thanks for the A+C ref, while flicking through the book I noticed a small plique drop from another item of jewellery I have was in the book, attached to a fantastic pendant, sadly unattributed other than American, but a reminder to keep searching through your references.
    12. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 7 years ago
      I've got good news & bad news. The bad news is that the booklet I was thinking of is about Glasgow Style. Only a Thew cross pictured. But good if you're generally interested in Glasgow. The good news is, amazing really, while I was looking for it I found a German book I've been looking for for ages because it has pages of original photos of jewels. You're Gaskin pendant is in it! I mean in it! It's not the identical one but close enough that its and easy attribution. I'll take a photo for you & post it. How good it that!
    13. period_gems period_gems, 7 years ago
      Ah, I have a small Glasgow girls book, but its not an area I've read up on much yet (life keeps getting in the way, as I'm sure you're aware, congratulations on your little boy). Thank you so much for noticing and posting that book page for the Gaskin piece. I love that its more simple than their usual style which I love.

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