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    Posted 5 years ago

    katherines…
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    So this brooch is in the form of a heart with a bow at the top and floral decor around an open window area which may have held glass, a little tab at the top on the back which seems to be there to hold in whatever would have been placed inside the brooch, perhaps a picture or memento of some other sort. Perhaps this was some sort of memorial or mourning brooch? Foldover C clasp with short pin. There is a stamped image just above the tip in that tiny cartouche, that's the thing in pic #4, it looks like a blob, looking closer looks like an S, but if you look very carefully, the mark appears to be a lion or leopard face with paws crossed, claws on the paws. It's so tiny even with a loupe the mark isn't clear. There are no other marks. Any ideas, thoughts, theories related to this brooch welcome. Thanks for looking. :)

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Looks old to me!!

      Do you think it held something at one time in the front? Mourning Jewelry ?? or something like that
    2. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Sweet. Looks old to me but how old ,no idea!
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, brunswick, vetraio50, antiquerose, TassieDevil, aura, mikelv85, and racer4four. :)

      Rose, that's what I suspect, that this is some form of mourning or memorial brooch, I just couldn't find another like it. It may have been meant to hold hair, or a photo, or some other form of memento.

      Karen, thanks, yeah, the clasp seems to suggest early 1900s, but that's a guess. If I could figure out the mark maybe I'd get further ahead. :/
    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Give us some more pics ( 4 more images of the mark ) in another post -- in different lighting. Try the sun on it -- and see if we can make anything out

      So start a part II of this topic with 4 images of the mark -- something gotta peek out maybe...
    5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Rose, I will try that. I measured the mark, it's 1/8" -- teeny tiny!!
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, jscott0363, kivatinitz, martika, and Vintageforever. :)
    7. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      It's very cool looking. Where did you get it? I'm blind in one eye and can't see out of the other so I can't buy jewelry. I like it a lot. :)
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, SEAN68, and OneGoodFind. :)

      OGF, in a thrift store grab bag, along with some other pieces. I haven't been able to track another down that looks like it, the closest I came was an Art Nouveau brooch, will have to do more research on it. :)
    9. davyd286, 5 years ago
      I'm seeing a bust profile (looking right) of a bearded man wearing a crown instead of a leopard.
    10. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks, davyd, I'll take another look and update as to what I see. Have been meaning to take more pics but have had not a moment's time. :/
    11. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 7 months ago
      No one mentioned...but I can see in pic one when I zoomed it, angel holding a child and another figure. Anyone else see that?
    12. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 7 months ago
      I can't see it, perhaps an optical illusion? I've given up trying to figure this brooch out, lol.
    13. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 7 months ago
      Well I can for sure try zoom in there's definitely faces there
    14. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 7 months ago
      Do you mind if I post a pic of what I see?
    15. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 7 months ago
      I don't mind at all. Have at it!

      I had actually come to the conclusion that the brooch was of no value, a costume piece made to look antique. Am I wrong?
    16. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 7 months ago
      I posted a close up of it we will see if someone else could see it also...I definitely think it held a pic, not sure of value or age, or hallmark ...I just couldn't understand why the image jumped out at me.

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