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MeliG's likes2 of 4Fenton what is it worth?HAND CARVED AND PAITED MIRROR
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Efesgirl
    (1006 items)

    The shop where these came from don't usually have much to offer in the way of jewelry other than the crappy "bijou" junk I see at the flea markets and in several other thrift shops around here.

    I think these earrings are pretty. Very 1950s/1960s. The fittings are brass and were covered in that nasty green gunk verdigris. After much careful cleaning, I think I managed to remove 99% of it. Tomorrow is another day. I also want to remove the excess glue around the fittings, so info on how to properly do that is appreciated.

    These earrings are cold to the touch and look to be carved vs. molded. I always have a problem identifying this stuff!

    Thanks to my CW rescuers.
    ~Bonnie~

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    1. MeliG MeliG, 4 years ago
      Bone maybe. very pretty
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      MeliG - could be. I can never sort out the pattern differences between bone and Ivory.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Interesting clips - they look old.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Ivory! Suspect Hippo rather than elephant. Just don't have the smooth polish and age patina!
      For bone pattern see pic 10 for id see #19 there:
      https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Ivory-genuine-fake--confusing

      For the glue, I'd try to scrap it with a flat round blade (butter knife) from extetrior towards the fitting. BE CAREFUL ;-))
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Very Good Info there Kyratango. Thanks for that link!! Also note there - that there is another good use for those pesky UV lights......lol
    6. MeliG MeliG, 4 years ago
      There is a pin test you can do to determine as well. Totally up to you but if you do try it you would need to heat up the end of a metal pin and poke it in an inconspicuous spot (back preferably close to the finding) If it is bone / ivory it will smell faintly like burnt hair, if it is bakelite or plastic it will leave a mark.
    7. MeliG MeliG, 4 years ago
      Just so you know, bakelite can have more value than ivory.
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Hi MeliG - thanks for the info. I am aware of all that, as I have collected jewelry for 35+ years. My stumbling blocks are Ivory, Ivorine and the like. Not going to stick a pin in the earrings as there is no place to hide the mark should it scorch. I would rather do a visual/ temperature check. That's why I keep kyratango around, lol~!
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Thank you, my lovely kyra!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      De nada, wise Bonnie :-D
    11. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      racer: I checked the Omega clasps and these should date to the 1950s/1960s. I spotted them way back in the jewelry drawer in the thrift shop. Normally there is stuff sitting on the glass display case, so whatever is back there goes unobserved.
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      rucklcz - happy to see you... :-))))

      I wonder about the brass omega clips vs. a higher grade of metal. The last pair of button ivory earrings I posted here have .835 silver omega clips which screwed directly into the ivory. Watcha think?
    13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Aunt Molly - guaranteed this is not plastic. Plastic quickly warms up when placed against the skin. This remains cold.
    14. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      rucklcz - I hear that! I'll just go with the flow on this one.
    15. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Auntie, good try in your willing to help :-D
    16. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Auntie... You may read comment #4 and above all, visit the link provided !
    17. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      AM - not bone. I know what jewelry made from bone looks like. This isn't it.
    18. foseatme, 4 years ago
      They're so pretty !
    19. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Agree with kyratango, ivory, just not elephant tusk ivory. Very nice earrings, Bonnie! :)

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