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    Posted 5 years ago

    kyratango
    (431 items)

    A long time ago flea market find!

    The ornate part is 11" long, no clasp, only two rings for attaching a ribbon.
    I thought it was older than 1838, but it bears the French boar's head for Paris Silver 1838/1962...
    Decor is kind of trophy, can't say for sure, but look like crossed sword and saber.
    Of course, lacking some marcasites, and back is rather dinged!
    I wasn't able yet to find any similar!
    Searched for blue Vauxhall/marcasites/silver, blue crystal marcasites silver....
    I would be very pleased to have your thoughts!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      VERY BEAUTIFUL !!!!
    2. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      very nice...............
    3. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Tank you Vetraio for your quick love and comment :-)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Thank you too, Roycroft !
    5. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Kyra, this cobalt blue glass was fairly popular for jewelry during the 1800s (I have seen a number of memorial rings with urns with a deep blue surround. I also have several portrait miniatures with cobalt blue glass backs, often with gold cipher initials.

      While Vauxhall glass came in this blue color also, I haven't ever seen it inset with anything -- it is usually flat and set into a metal backing.

      It is also interesting to see the ribbon fittings on your necklace, as aren't these typically earlier than the 1800s?
    6. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Bluboi, I totally agree with you for 1800' and even early!
      It is the hallmark which is puzzling, earlier beeing 1838.
      I love this cobalt blue crystal too and had several mourning pieces with it, around 1780.
      Thank you so much for your comment, I'm not familiar with Vauxhall glass :-)
    7. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Krya, I only have a couple of Vauxhall glass pieces. Here is one, front and back:

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/fine/large/Vauxhall%20glass%20quiver%20front.jpg

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/fine/large/Vauxhall%20glass%20quiver%20back.jpg

    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Exquisite! Kyra, to me the sword looks more like a cross or a sceptre over a torch?
    9. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Or maybe a cross and a sceptre? I don't know, just doesn't look like a sword to me.
    10. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Bluboi, your Vauxhall brooch is striking! Thank you for the link :-))
      Katherine, I was thinking perhaps a torch too, the cross is rather confuse...
      Thank you for your clever idea!
    11. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
      Looks sort of Knights Templar!
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      What a shame that I can only hit the "LOVE IT" button once!!
    13. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Ha! You can love it each time you're around, it will appear on the board ;-)
      Thank you Efesgirl, and Torakitty for your comments and love :-))
    14. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Many thanks to the 16 lovely lovers :-))
    15. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      Lovely and definitively very old!
    16. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      Are this marcasites and not cut steel I cannot see it so wel?. Very old cut steel has the same age? Page 41 of the book: Cut steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery from Ann Clifford
    17. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Agram, it is marcassite, new pic posted!
      Thank you so much for your interest and comment :-)

      Thank you Efe for your visit and love!
    18. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      I had some french enameled antique buttons with
      marcasites around likethis an a hand painted regal scene in the middle---Now this was back in 1970s. I sold them way too cheap-(-before I got the button book). I see these now and it reminds me. I feel "pangs" of regret.
      Motto--"Don't sell til you are fully informed". Your posting is precious!!!
    19. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Oh, PCC, they must have been lovely to see!
      I understand your regret to have sold them without knowledge...
      But, for collector buyer it surely was a great joy to get them cheap ;-)

      Thank you very much for your visit, comment and compliment :-))
    20. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      I seldom have regrets..But I doubt I will ever hold anything that magical in my hand again. I wish I had my whole collection of buttons back and know what I know now. Is that "en masse" sighing I hear?? I guess a lot of us always had the eye before the "smarts"-- Thanks for message--Always good to hear from you!!
    21. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Pcc hoping all is well for you, you are rare here!
      Thanks Caperkid for exploring my posts and leaving your appreciated loves :-))
    22. martika martika, 4 years ago
      It is an amazing find!!!
    23. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you for your comment and love, Martika! I never came across another similar necklace :-)
      Many thanks for your visit and love, Aura, Melanie and Windwalker!
    24. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Hi Kyra - I missed this first time around. Two of my favourite things-(cue Julie Andrews)-blue glass/crystal, and marcasite stones. I only found out lately that they are cut from pyrite. The necklace is very beautiful.

      Looking at the fifth stone back on the left hand side, I see a small, bright small tag? Am I seeing things? Is this where the hallmark is because I can't find it anywhere else?

      I can't help with pattern on the stones, very tricky to decipher - for me anyway,

      @ Bluboi thanks for showing your Vauxhaul glass, it's incredible.
    25. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Hi Gillian! The "tag" is an old repair, where a hook link has been resoldered.
      The hallmark, a boar's head, French silver 1838 to now, is on the end loops!
      Thank you for your interest and sharp eye :-)
    26. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Jenni, Mani, thank you for your loves, and digging up this old post of mine ;-)

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