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micromosaics5 of 5Micromosaic brooch, early Victorian.Antique micromosaic vermeil pendant, KYRATISED!
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    A new addition to the bugs hoard...

    This one had some lacking tesserae, but beeing in its original domed case and beautifully mounted in etruscan style gold (unmarked)...
    I had to have it :-D

    5/8" or 1.7cm motif length,
    3" or 7.5cm whole pin.

    The case wears on the inside silk, in an oval stamp in gold, the retailer's name and address:
    BENZIE 61 HIGH STREET, COWES around a crown.

    Kyratisation: a tiny patch of white polymer clay, incised and baked, then some ashes to blacken the incisions.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      BENZIE is still a well known jeweller, established at the same address on the island of Wight since 1862 :-)
      Welcome to Benzie of Cowes
    2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 6 years ago
      They are still in business. Benzie registration number is stamped on each piece that weighs over 4 grams. Empty boxes are also found online. I doubt they made micro mosaic jewelry, and gold left unmarked.......Suspicious attribution, anyway.
    3. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Ivan, thank you for your interest and input :-)

      Collecting stick pins since 40 years, and gathering empty period boxes I can tell it is VERY difficult to match early ones !
      This one is really fitted for the piece (length, thickness and no previous marks on the velvet under the head of the pin.

      I'm sure Benzie didn't made the piece! At this time, jewellers retailed items they didn't made themselves, as micromosaics coming exclusively from Italy.
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      Oh BUG!!! I love it.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Many thanks to all of you, early lovers: Thomas, Sean, Lee120275, TheGateKeeper and Bonnie :-)
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      Kyra, this is beautiful.....I love micro mosaic!!!
    7. pops52 pops52, 6 years ago
      A beautiful addition Kyra, thanks for sharing with us!
    8. fleafinder fleafinder, 6 years ago
      wow kyra u never disappoints. This spells CLASS
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Bonnie, yessss, A BUG :-))) Thank you!
      Judy, thank you! Bug and micromosaic, all is there :-)
      Pops, always grateful for your visits and comments, thanks!
      Fleafinder, many thanks for your kind compliment!
      Oroyoroy! I'm very glad you enjoyed my post and seeing the twins ;-), hope you piled enough firewood for your snowy winter :-D
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      This is truly fantastic!! You did another amazing job with this little beetle stickpin! Even the case is great looking.
    11. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      Amazing piece and suits you very much.
    12. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Amazing piece I love it, handsome kyratisation. I wonder why I got this beauty only to day 21 hours after you put it on site
    13. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Scott! Glad you loved him and noticed the case :-) only a little shoe polish gave back its luster !

      Caperkid, thank you so much for your appreciation!

      Dear Valentino, thanks! It was a try, and sort out well :-D

      Marga! I thought of yours when I saw it!
      Thank you for your so nice comment!

      Lot of thanks to you all lovers, Melanie, Dhakir, Hunter, Fleafinder, Lisa, Bb2, Mike, Davyd, Scott, Jean, Vetraio, Caperkid, Valentino, Jewels1900 and Phil!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Oh la la! Lots of lovers to thanks ;-)
      Many thanks for your lovely visit, Betweenthelens, Rick, Pebble, LovelyPat, Martika, NevadaBlades and OGF!
      Love back to you :-D
    15. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Oh wow kyratango I just saw this one , What a fabulous collection you have . Love it xo
    16. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      It is really fine and lovely! I love the early micromosaic pieces and this is great!! The colors are wonderful. Happy for you :)
    17. lentilka11, 6 years ago
      Thats beautiful.
      The bug does not look to be in good mood :)))
    18. surfdub66 surfdub66, 6 years ago
      Stunning piece love it lots ;-)
    19. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      Absolutely beautiful!!! The Green Lady wants to borrow it for a party. She gives her word that she will return it to you :D!
    20. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Dear Mani! Your comment is so kind, THANK YOU! XO

      Elisabethan, the tesserae are really minuscules! I'm very happy with it... and with your appreciation, thanks! :-D

      Lentilka, true... Those big eyes are frightening, lol! Thank you :-)

      Surfdub, thank you for your kind comment!
    21. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Vintagelamp... Tell Green Lady she is invited to any party at my home ;-D

      Thank you for your visit, comment and love!
    22. inky inky, 6 years ago
      This has to be one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time...:-)
    23. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Inky! That is not true... Because of all the splendid glass pieces you showed us! ;-D
      Thank you so much for your appreciation!
    24. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Many thanks Toni and Tamluvsnd for loving the bug :-)
    25. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Many thanks for your loves, Btrue, Vintageforever, David and Radegunder :-)
      I'm very glad you enjoyed it!
    26. Poire Poire, 6 years ago
      Oh...c'est magnifique!! I love bug jewelry! The micro mosaic is gorgeous!
    27. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Poire, merci beaucoup :-) I'm very glad you enjoy it!

      Many thanks to the new lovers: Mr colors, Btrue, David, Vintageforever, Radegunder, Poire and Alliececile :-D

    28. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      BelleEpoque, Ho2cultcha, Paul and Freiheit, I'm delighted to see you here, many thanks for your loves!
    29. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      My jaw just dropped,fell, can you kyratize that ?
    30. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Yep Phil! Pic#2 is before, pic#1 is after kyratisation. :-D

      White polymer clay incised finely, baked, touch of white paint and patina with ash in the incisions...

      Et voilà! ;-))

      Thank you for your enthusiastic comment!
    31. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      Amazing piece, amazing Kyratization!
    32. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thank you Celiene for your highly appreciated visit and comment :-)
    33. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      Wow! Absolutely wonderful!
    34. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Many thanks for your visit and appreciation Vintagelamp!

      Huge collective thanks to all of you, 50 lovers!

      Happy new year to all :-D

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