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Victorian-Edwardian Era "Holly" Brooch /2" Brass-Silver (?) Unmarked/ Circa Early 20th Century

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    Posted 5 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    I haven't purchased hardly any jewelry over the past few months. Today though I picked up this really nice little 2" brooch from Salvation. It appears to be stamped brass but it does have a very nice metallic ring to it when dropped on a hard surface almost like silver. Gold plated silver perhaps?? Seems a bit dark in color though for gold. It has a beautiful border with a single branch of Holly through the middle. The leaves and berries still have a faint wash of color to them. Not really all that Christmasy for some reason. In the Victorian language of flowers Holly represents defense, domestic happiness, as well as asking the question "Am I forgotten" ? I'm guesstimating that this is an old piece due to the clasp being so simple but I'll defer to the jewelry experts if I'm wrong. -Mike-

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Charming little brooch!
      The 3d construction is pretty and the decor very nice :-)
      I'd say brass and beginning of 20th :-)
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      This is so pretty! Brass has more of a "thud" than a "ring", I think.
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kyra and Bonnie :)...Guess I wasn't too far off the mark date wise Kyra. It has a definite ring and not a thud Bonnie. Like a silver coin. That's what has me wondering about the metal composition without a mark to verify it.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It is lovely...as you say not at all Christmasy.
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Karen.....they finally were putting out new jewelry at Salvation yesterday and it's been forever ! One of my cashier friends that does the jewelry had been transferred to production for other duties so I don't get see her very often. She knew I'd like this. So it was a quick hello and here you go....lol :)
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thank heavens for her! Drought broken.
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Amen ! :)
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the "love' Thomas :)
    9. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Gorgeous enamel work !
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thank you Phil :)
    11. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Well that's a pretty brooch, Mike, and yes, not Christmas-y like the more modern pieces. I hope you get to start seeing your nice pieces again, it's been a while, and I so enjoyed seeing what you posted! :)

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