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Costume Brooches1743 of 2485No markings but lots of shine! Any ideas on identifying?Introducing Gus! Quirky, odd, carved "hairy" nut stickpin.
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    Posted 6 years ago

    JoyB
    (33 items)

    This is part of a collection my mother in law left me. It is a really cute bow made out of stone with a different color stone surrounding it. The metal seems to be sterling silver, I used a polishing cloth on a small section and it shines and a magnet does not stick to it. The back has a JH and ABD hallmarks. I have found several JH, but no ABD. Also, I am not sure if the JH could be John Hardy? Any ideas....anyone?

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Can't help for the makers mark for the moment, the brooch is Scottish granite stones, the fashion of 5hese was launched by Queen Victoria, who adored her Balmoral mansion.
      Lovely!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      You may check marks on this site, very useful :-)
      http://www.silvercollection.it/Englishsilvermarks3.html
    3. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much kyratango! She was born in Scotland in 1926 so she did tend to collect things from there. I will check out the link.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Hi Joy! ABD is for Aberdeen, found this:
      http://www.leopardantiques.com/object/stock/detail/353
    5. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Awesome! I have another very similar to the picture at that link, but with more scrolled work on the sterling! Thank you so much kyrantango!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Welcome to CW! Thanks for your thanks Joy :-)
    7. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the welcome! I love this site! It is really helping me to identify items I inherited from my great grandmother and my mother in law. Now I can make notes for my kids so they don't have to go through what I am :)
    8. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thanks lisasrund2. Still need help with the JH. Most of the JH hallmarks I am finding seem to be sterling flatware.
    9. Moonhill Moonhill, 6 years ago
      Nice early Scottish Brooch and is very collectible today.
    10. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you. It seems similar ones are listed as c. 1870-80? Does anyone think this is in that range?
    11. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Quite true! See there:
      http://www.fancy4glass.ca/information-gallery-main-pages/identifying-and-dating-an-antique-or-vintage-jewelry-clasp-or-hinge.htm
    12. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Awe, thanks for trying lisasround2
    13. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Wow! Thanks kyratango! They do both have that C clasp from the Victorian Era!
    14. melaniej melaniej, 6 years ago
      maybe James Hardy
    15. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thanks melaniej I will look into him
    16. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you everyone for the loves :)
    17. Rhona, 6 years ago
      This lovely brooch is made of Aberdeen granite. It is backed by slate and probably silver. Aberdeen granite is often marked in many shades of salt and pepper gray as well as pink and salmon pink tones. Wear it proudly! It is beautiful. It probably was made before 1901 when Queen Victoria passed away and the desire for all things Scottish faded through the years.
    18. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Oh that is wonderful info Rhonda! Thank you so much for your help!
    19. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much for the love everyone!
    20. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      A JOY to see.... JoyB
    21. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you antiquerose! ?
    22. Hamish Hamish, 6 years ago
      That's a nice thing to have been given. Not a huge amount of Aberdeen silver around (incase you didn't know, Aberdeen's nickname is the granite city and virtually every building is made from it). I actually grew up just outside a small village called Kemnay where the main granite mine is located. I'm quite jealous!
    23. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Oh thank you Hamish! It is quite a heavy piece! I put it up in my jewelry box :) I actually have a 2nd brooch, similar, that I am hoping to get posted as well. It looks alot like the link for leopard antiques that Kyra tango posted

      http://www.leopardantiques.com/object/stock/detail/353
    24. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Love the colours in it...sorry! no help!...:-)
    25. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much Inky!

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