Posted 6 years ago
This brooch was brought to Australia by John Sutcliffe, a relative, who worked in the Shanghai Military Police around 1910.
I only recently went through some family pieces and found this. It was fairly dirty but I have been very circumspect cleaning it - really just lightly dusted the ivory with a paintbrush and wiped the silver with a silver cloth.
I am assuming the engraved portion is ivory. It has incredible detail and depth with the crab, squid and fish surrounded by flowers and foliage. The engraved section is quite domed, and the fish and crab eyes appear to have been coloured somehow.
There are no marks that I can find on the metalwork but it cleans and looks like silver. The pin is a bit bent and the safety pin has disappeared from the safety chain. It measures about 5 cm x 4 cm ( 2 in x 1.5 in)
I know very little about jewelry in general and Asian jewelry in particular so would be very happy to have any comments or information!