Posted 4 years ago
I bought this pendant together with a pair of earrings (see my other post for more photos) for nearly nothing online. I didn´t know what it was, had never seen anything like it, but thought it was very special. When I saw them there was only 3.4 minutes left of the auction so I put in an offer and got them. When they came with the post and I could examine them I started to look for information and found to my surprice that these are morfo butterfly reverse painted jewelry. I paint watercolor myself and by looking at the strokes on these I'm quite sure they are handpainted.
I love nature and felt a bit bad that these were maid of butterfly wings. But I think they are quite beautiful and I would never bye new jewelry like this. I think it´s also important to think about the fact that when these were in fashion people probably had a very different way of looking at nature and enviroment.
At the 1924 Great Empire Exhibition Thomas Mott (these doesn´t have his mark) made this type of jewelry more popular.
I later wrote to the seller who kindly gave me a mindblowing detailed wonderful history of this necklace with names (!) and relations of people who have owned it and when. It first belonged to a Swedish woman born 1902 who at the age of 16 emigrated to America and lived there almost all her life in California. So I wonder if these pieces was made in America? The pendant has a lock marked "sterling" which is very nice, maybe someone has knowledge about it?
And more: I´m sure my pendant and earrings are not from England. . I´m quite sure they are handpainted and even if they are not marked they are very similar to Hoffmans jewelry. They started their business 1938 from what I´ve been able to find out, Old pieces of them date back to that time and range from the typical palm tree and sunset motif to other types. The necklace has a hook and box catch that I´ve found out was used on necklaces around 1920-1930´s. The type of clasp that´s on the earrings was used from about 1909. If the images are inspired by Hawaii it´s interesting to know that they had tourism also before World War II. Acording to information they even had a record year in 1941 with over 30000 visitors. So tourism should not be seen as something "new". I´ll keep this open and research some more. Thanks for all the respons and ideas!