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Beautiful enamel brooch late 19th, the enamel looks like french champleve but the decoration looks scottish. Origin unknown.

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Victorian and Edwardian Jewelry369 of 760Georg Adam Scheid Baroque Silver Bracelet, Vienna c. 1890Niello Silver pocket watch chain
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    Posted 7 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (282 items)

    First I thought this was a scottish or irish brooch. I hoped to get some help with this brooch and I really did, thanks idcloisonne! I think you are right, it seems to be french. If someone has seen similar brooches with the celtic eternity symbol or jewelry that has similarity please don't hesitate to write about it here, I'm always interested in learning more.

    It is a small brooch, about 3,3 cm in diameter. I think it´s brass. The brooch has beautiful enamel in very clear and bright colors. It also has what looks like a celtic knot of some sort.

    This is most likely a victorian piece, or I should say from La Belle Epoque. It has the c-catch and the tube hinge and the pin sticks out past the catch so that you are able to see the pin from the front. The pin has a little bend by the tube hinge, probably in order to allow for somewhat heavyweight fabric.

    I love this brooch, it is small but exquisite. The distinct character in pattern and the fine enamel draws attention to it even if it is small.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning brooch!!!
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much Sean68! Oh my how fast you are at responding! Have a nice weekend!
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      And you as well nutsabotas6! Thanks a lot!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Pops52 thank you ever so much! Are you all online right now :-) ?!
    5. pops52 pops52, 7 years ago
      You're very welcome Elisabethan, Yes!
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks to AnneLanders, Mikelv85 and aghcollect!
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Hello Vetraio50 over there! Thank you for loving my brooch! Love your raku vase!
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you idcloisonne, I see and think you are right. At first this brooch looked french to me but the celtic sympol of eternity made me think it was not. But maybe this symbols were overall popular or the brooch could be from Bretagne? Is it the style that makes you think it's late 19th?
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you Racer4four and Mikelv85!
    10. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 7 years ago
      It's beautiful...
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Hi idcloisonne! Thank you for liking my 'name'. And thank you ever so much for all information, now I realy get the picture! So this is from the Bell Epoque. There is no mark unfortunately. /Elisabeth
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks DrFluffy!
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks tom61375!
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Idcloisonne, thankyou for the information about that book!
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      I'm interested in all sorts of things because I'm learning but I especially like the time 1800-1930 :-). Only a span of 130 years. I will look for that book, and I'm in need of a jewelry bibel a book that covers the jewelery history with eras and styles. Do you know if there is one like that?
    16. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      That's grate, thank you! I'll try to find those. You are very kind in giving me such fullfilling and long answers! I am truly grateful!
    17. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      You don't talk too much! I think it's wonderful that you take your time to answer me like this. I don't have anyone around here where I live who collect jewelry so it's very nice to get an answer from someone who does. I try to talk people who ask about my jewelry when I wear it, I quite soon see the same reaction that you discribe :-). Thanks!
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you Manikin!
    19. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Yes it is just wonderful :-)
    20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks Valention97!
    21. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you freiheit and Manikin!
    22. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      What a pretty brooch, to me it is unusual at first I thought it may of been a snuff box until I opened the picture. Thank you for the show.
    23. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you Zowie! Yes it is a bit unusual to me too.
    24. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thank you Valention and Agram!
    25. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Going by the pin it seems to have some age from what I've read about the length of the pins
    26. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Hi Zowie, I agree. I think it's from around 1880-1900, but most likely around 1880 somewhere. The small size of the brooch, the lenght of the nedle as well as the tube hinge is signs of age. Idcloisonne has given some answers about the enamel, I'm not knowledge about enamel. Thanks for stopping by.
    27. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 7 years ago
      I do love the enamelling, it's a very attractive brooch.
    28. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      I'm not knowledgeable on most things as learning but have come across some helpful tips I believe the C clasp that the pin hooks in is older then the ones that close over the pin. On this I could also be wrong. Have a safe & happy day
    29. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks peasejean55 and Zowie! Thanks also kyratango and Sean68!
    30. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Hello Elisabethan, thanks for loving and I am very honored that you asked my opinion. I can say the following about your brooch. Although it does not say with certainty is the lack of marks I still think you brooch is Scottish.
      Outside the literature (now very much, too much), I often help to images. So I always look like here, after typing text: antique Scottish jewelery on Googly images. Then I go look for similarities with that piece of jewelry that I would like to know more. See links:
      http://www.houseoflabhran.com/highland-wear-country-cloth/vintage-antique-cufflinks/vintage-scottish-celtic.html
      http://www.houseoflabhran.com/highland-wear-country-cloth/vintage-antique-cufflinks/vintage-scottish-celtic.html
      http://www.pinterest.com/pin/423901383648421138/
      Of course you know that the Scots many took advantage of Pebble stones. But I give a few examples in the left. The agreement here is not the stone but the decorative edges. Along with the symbols I still think in your case to a Scottish brooch. I'll hope to be of some help here.
      By the way did you see my other beautiful Scottish bracelet?
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/2421-antique-scottish-pebble-agate-gold-brace
    31. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      See also my Agate Collection: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/Agram.m/agate-jewelry
    32. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Tanks Agram! When I saw your scottish jewellry I felt I had to maybe rethink this. I see the decoration in the links you sent and that's what made me first thinking of Scottland but then the enamel made me doubt it, but maybe that's also found in Scottland? Have you seen this type of enamel before? Do you think I'm right about the date on this? I have seen your other scottish jewellry now, so beautiful!

      When it comes to these celtic symbols and decorations it can really be confusing, I'm thinking of this post of mine which is a brooch from Sweden
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/126388-small-silver-and-enamel-brooch-from-1906?in=Elisabethan.
    33. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Hi again, just like you, I'm not sure it's Scottish. I've seen a lot enameled Scottish brooches but most often in bleu and white colors. See again:
      http://www.jewelscollectingdust.com/scottishpebbleenameletc.htm
      It could also be made in Germany for example. I've myself two silver enameled brooches (if you are interested I will mail you these links but they are in my CW collection too, but there are so many items now) from Germany that could also have the same origin as yours.
    34. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Here are my two brooch iI talked ab0ut. Link nr. one is also a mystery to me, number two was stamped for Germany but with a really typical Dutch decoration and escutcheon. So very confusing in my opinion.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/101856-gold-plated-over-silver-round-enameled-r
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/80088-vintage-800-sterling-enameled-round-silv

    35. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Oh, I answered before I saw your last respons. Thanks!
    36. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks Agram for our contact today! I see if I can find info on your brooches and if I don't find anything new then I'll keep them in mind if I come across information in the furure. I will then email you. Have a great day.
    37. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your answer and wishing you a great day too!
    38. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Thanks Jewels, foxterrier and inky!!!
    39. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Idcloisonne come back to CW!! I am sad to see you have left. All your wisdome on enamel that you so generously left in answers to me here in
      This post, but all that text is gone now. I wish I had saved a print! I miss your advise on enamel and your wonderful posts!

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