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Posted 3 years ago

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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, 3 years ago
  2. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
    very nice...............
  3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Tank you Vetraio for your quick love and comment :-)
  4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Thank you too, Roycroft !
  5. Bluboi Bluboi, 3 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, 3 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, 3 years ago
    Krya, I only have a couple of Vauxhall glass pieces. Here is one, front and back:



  8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    Exquisite! Kyra, to me the sword looks more like a cross or a sceptre over a torch?
  9. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 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, 3 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, 3 years ago
    Looks sort of Knights Templar!
  12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
    What a shame that I can only hit the "LOVE IT" button once!!
  13. kyratango kyratango, 3 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, 3 years ago
    Many thanks to the 16 lovely lovers :-))
  15. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 years ago
    Lovely and definitively very old!
  16. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 2 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, 2 years ago
    It is an amazing find!!!
  23. kyratango kyratango, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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 :-)

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