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Posted 3 years ago


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This is a recent addition to my collection, in the description the seller was classing this pendant as Victorian, to me it is clearly Art and Craft. Also in the description they said there was no markings and that they had tested the pendant for gold, on one of the photos you can clearly see 9ct and another Mark which I can't work out. The pendant is a rose colour with stylised leaves and grapes, and a doublet Opal as you can see from the photo of the back. This pendant reminds me of another pendant I have on my forum which I thought was Rhoda Wager, Jewels1900 thought it was Wager School, I would be interested Jewels1900, In your opinion of this pendant. There are a lot of detailed leaves, to my eye, it has been beautifully made.
The size including bale 3.4 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches and weighs 3.1 grams.
I would love to know more about this pendant.
Many thanks for looking.

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  1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Lovely construction from the back, clearly A&C :-))
  2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Hi Kyra, am I correct in thinking this opal is a doublet, just checking.
  3. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 3 years ago
    Hi Jean, A lovely pendant, shame the maker's mark is lightly struck, it would be great to identify the maker.

    This will be Australian, and it's an early doublet. This style of hand-made Arts & Crafts jewellery is quite characteristic of early 20th Century Australian pieces, which were mostly made by small artisan firms, rather than the assembly line styles seen in Birmingham jewellery of the same period.

    The blue and pink colour opal is probably from the White Cliffs opal field which was exhausted by the 1930's. Much of the White Cliffs material was made into high quality doublets with a thick layer of crystal opal cemented onto black opal potch (potch=dark opal material with no colour).

    You can tell these early (pre-1940's) doublets because the back is domed, by the 1950's doublets have flat backs and are usually onyx or similar material.
  4. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Wow, thanks Kiwipaul, I had a feeling it was probably made in Oz. It's very interesting about your information on the early doublets with a thick layer of crystal opal cemented onto black potch, I don't even know what that means, I shall look it up on wiki. Do you think there could be any chance in finding the maker? Yet again thank you for your input.
  5. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 3 years ago
    Hi Jean, if you can work out what the mark represents you may get a lead from the list of Australian silversmiths here: http://925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=18484
  6. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Hi Jean, Kiwipaul said all about the doublet :-)
    In general, domed back cab are old!
  7. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
    Hi Jean, I hope you are well. I concur, this is Australian but it is a little later, maybe as late as the 40's.

    I disagree a little with Paul (with all respect to Paul's excellent knowledge) and say I thinks it's more likely to be commercially made. During the depression a lot of this work was made by commercial jewellers. It was thought, during that period, that the arts & crafts style jewellery was one of the few lines that still sold well.

    The main reason, is the style & construction of the leaves. But it is hard to tell without having looked at it myself. Either way, it's well made, better quality that many other commercial pieces I've seen.

    Hope that helps.
  8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    I've been looking at the pendant through my loupe and I have found another Mark inside at the bottom of the rim of the mount for the opal. To me it looks like the number 60, I wonder if this could help in any way.
    It's nice to see you Jewels1900.
  9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Many thanks
  10. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Many thanks
  11. ozmarty ozmarty, 3 years ago
    not a Rhoda piece but commercial ....still very lovely ...
  12. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    ozmarty, I really do wish it would have been Rhoda Wager lol. Thanks for your comment and love.
  13. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Many thanks
  14. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Why would the number 60 be on the inside rim next to the Opal, could it have anything to do with the size of the Opal.
  15. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 3 years ago
    Hi Jean, I can't think what the 60 means, that will probably remain a mystery.
  16. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Many thanks
  17. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
    Many thanks

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