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    Posted 5 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.

    Pretty excited with this one.....I was researching something else and spotted this by accident...and not even on the auction site!!!! where I usually find my things. I do not expect to ever find the maker of this lol!!

    The seller's description was for this brooch being Edwardian, what do you think?

    Anyway I have always loved Operculum, have a couple of brooches and stickpins with them.

    There is a very tiny plaque with a very difficult to read 9ct!!!

    The seller told me she had this brooch cleaned and polished!!! (to within an inch of it's life I think!!) I suppose she thought she was doing the right thing....but I prefer not to go overboard.

    Hope you like it. Thanks, Judy

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I LOVE OPERCULA !!!!
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Here is the link to explain what operculum is...thanks to vertraio

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/64143-operculum-9-carat-mojo
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio, I knew you would....hope you don't mind that I put your link up for people to see...
    4. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Wow, this is so beautiful!!!
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Martika for your lovely comment!!! it is really appreciated...
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks vetraio50, Martika and Caperkid for the love.....always appreciated!!!
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Heya Judy - this brooch is a real looker! The detail is super.

      I hear you loud and clear about the "cleaning". I once (and only once!) took a silver ring to a jeweler for a light cleaning. He put it in a solution which cleaned it soooo much it looked fake. Years of beautiful patina g-o-n-e......
    8. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Judy, your Arts and Crafts brooch is gorgeous, and operculum is a really nice one!

      Shame on those who clean so harshly such old pieces...

      I tried to restore patina on some silver pieces too shiny by heating them cautiously with a match, but don't know if the operculum can stand with that... Perhaps if you put two pieces of wet sponge on it, hold there with tweezer, while heating (moving the fired match regularly!), then gently use a cloth to clean, it will get more contrast :-)
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie, glad you like it.....yep, some jewellers and sellers just do not have a clue!!
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much Pascale for the lovely comment and the tip.....I think I will pass on doing that lol.....I hate to think what "MIGHT" happen!!!! but thanks anyway....
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I love operculum too and Judy this is so good in that wonderful mount. I hope if you wear it heaps, everywhere, it gets some patina back!
    12. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Do you Karen!!! that's terrific.....thanks and yes, I will be wearing it and hopefully it will just dull off a bit!
    13. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Nevada, Bonnie, Scott and Nicefice .....the love and interest is really appreciated!
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Thomas! Only another hour to go and it will be Friday here....I should probably go to bed now!! Thanks for the love too!
    15. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Judy, lovely brooch definately art and crafts. I have a pendant with a similar plaque to your brooch. I would say that your brooch, in my opinion is Australian art and crafts.
    16. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/163068-gold-art-and-craft-opal-pendant
      This is my pendant, may be it might help.
    17. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/144842-wager-school-pendant-and-chain
      This pendant has a similar plaque.
    18. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean, thank you, glad you love it and that you think it is Australian....I thought it would be as well.
      I looked through all your listings and Jewel's and Paul's to see if I could find similar looking leaves and design, and did stop and have a good look at the two you have mentioned. I checked the inner edge as well to see if there was anything marked there but no, nothing.
      I think I am over thinking about makers.....it is just not going to happen any time soon I think lol......so long as these things are "arts and crafts" pieces I will be happy with that because they are all beautiful!
      Thanks for your help Jean....always really appreciated.
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hi Ken, thank you and glad you like it!! I am probably overreacting as far as the cleaning goes lol......happy you think it is ok!
    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks aura, Amiar, melaniej, Peasejean55, bratjdd, Manikin and Ken for the love and interest .....I really do appreciate it!
    21. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 5 years ago
      Aussie Arts & Crafts for sure. No idea of maker. I see Operculum in Aussie jewellery every so often, from the 1860's to 1940's or so.
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Jewels, appreciate you having a look!!
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Valentino....really appreciate you taking the time to look and love, thank you!
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Toni1969, thanks very much for the love, appreciated!
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      popsKen and Vintageforever, thank you both...appreciate the love!
    26. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 5 years ago
      This is really lovely! I'd not ever heard of operculum until your post.
    27. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Oh thank you betweenthelens, glad I have been able to show you something different!!! Appreciate the love as well!!!
    28. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 5 years ago
      Always learning something new here. I love this site! :)
    29. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Superb design with those magnificent leaves !
    30. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much Phil for the comment and the love, always appreciated :-)
    31. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love Jenni :-)
    32. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      just lovely...judy
    33. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hello Roycroft, thanks so very much! Glad you enjoyed seeing this brooch and that you think it is as lovely as I think it is too!
    34. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Many thanks for the love Jenni, Jeweled, Raven, Phil and Roycroft, it is sincerely appreciated :))
    35. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the love Pascale, I still love this brooch too:)
    36. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hello Zilla, thanks very much for taking the time to look and love, very much appreciated :)

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