Posted 5 years ago
Lesson on clasps to help you to be able to identify jewellery. Obviously this isnt an exact science. And if a good forger on a valuable item knows how ro forge items in this way. But if you have a brooch that you are trying to date then this time I will run with it.
Trombone Clasps were used by the British as brooch pins from around 1850. They date usually by saying 1890-1910. That's pretty much my starting point with my recent purchase.
It's so clever how they work the trombone clasp. It seems to have a very small but working spring clasp. If you look up closely you will see like a slider when you pull back the outer barrel. Hence the name Trombone after the musical instrament. Many of my pieces have this type of clasp. Just for interest sake, as you probably already know, the "C" Clasp was patented in 1930. So that helps date newer pieces.
Whilst the Trombone Clasp was this era it did continue to be used by some European jewellers.
OK my piece. I love this shape. I have quite a few from the period. The oval shape represents several infuences. An artifact of brass metal maybe as a shield. Or the tortise back as influenced from period 875-925 AD.
Czech glass I'm guessing. However what strikes me with this one are two things and these are the reasons I bought it; the stunning stones or glass work. They glisten beautifully in the sunlight.
Secondly and most amazingly is the incredibly metal work. It doesnt come up in the photos very well. I took them quite late night. But the detail is quite amazing. You can see at least 3 green stone flowers.Also the other amazing thing is the detail of the metal work. It is just incredible. The patterns, the intricate detail is that of a fine metal maker.
Any clues to the maker and better stab as to who the maker might be. Metal design is not something I know a loy about :) .