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floridapicke…'s likes9 of 13Farber Brothers DecantersLaminated Lounge Chair c. 1970's
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Picked this beautiful pin up at a yard sale and would love to know more about it. The only markings I see is on the enamel, A M. Its 3" long. Thanks in advance for any info you may have.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Wow, a beauty, surely french Limoges enamel, high carat gold (have it tested for carat).
      1860' era
    2. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      French German Italian, take your pic...yes maybe 1860's perhaps a little earlier, I'm yet to find a good book on clasps and brooch but I keep trying :)

      Is indeed gold I would say. How can people part with their history like this...such beauty....well done...
    3. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Etruscan revival construction, mixed with enamels, this speaks 1860' to me, combined with the big size of the brooch.
      No link to similar to provide for the moment :-)
      Forgot to welcome you to CW, Ladybug2... Please, post more fine jewellery like this, I'm addict ;-)
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
    5. ladybug2, 7 years ago
      Thanks to everyone for your post!! So happy to know what this beautiful piece is. Now to find out who the artist is lol. Love this site...glad I found it!!
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      your very welcome ladybug and this is stunning as well :) and welcome to colllectorsweekly!! :)
    7. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      Welcome Ladybug! Wonderful find! Regarding dating, it is certainly an art, not usually a science. The Archaeological-Revival period was based around discoveries of ancient Etruscan and Roman jewelry and was primarily influenced by Fortunato Castellani and his sons Alessandro and Auguste, and in parallel by Carlo Giuliano and his sons Carlo and Arthur. This style of jewelry was sufficiently interesting that Castellani opened a shop in London in 1860 in conjunction with Giuliano (who opened his own shop in 1865). These artists created masterpieces over many years, in fact, well into the 1890s. I have a catalogue which shows a Castellani cameo of a very similar maiden as on your brooch circa dated 1880. In another book, there is a picture of a jeweler's catalogue from 1895 showing Etruscan brooches.

      A second method of dating is to review the jewelry findings. For example, the tube hinge was used into the 1890s. from some brief research, it appears Victorian brooches into the 1860s-1870s used longer pin stems (that extended beyond the end of the brooch), with shorter ones coming in later. Thus, based on your pin stem, I might attribute it to a later date than the 1860s.

      Anyone have any good circa-dating for the pin-stem length changing from long to short?
    8. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Useful link, for basic dating:
    9. ladybug2, 7 years ago
      Thanks so much Bluboi for the great information and kyratango for the link, very helpful. What a great site...thanks again everyone!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the thanks, Ladybug!
      another great site, where you can see similar work on the 1860 etruscan revival brooch:
    11. ladybug2, 7 years ago
      Beautiful pieces...thanks again kyratango!
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 7 years ago
      Thanks to both kyratango and bluboi for the useful and interesting information, as welcome to those of us trying to learn as it surely is to the poster of the thread. Congratulations to you ladybug2 for your great yard sale find. :)
    14. ladybug2, 7 years ago
      Thanks katherinescollections : )
    15. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Wonderful, I love it !
    16. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 years ago
      I am atonioshed by the knowledge of CW members. Congrats to all

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