Posted 6 years ago
These are rather amazing and I had not heard of sulphide cameos before.
I am posting this section of an article courtesy of Cathy Gordon's Image event......I will post the link to the full article in comments.
According to Warman's Jewelry: "A unique type of collectible jewelry, which appears to be attracting to a growing number of collectors, originated in England.However, its primary component, the wings of the Morpho butterly, came from South America. Several British firms made these pieces, which usually consist of a reverse-painted scene or a white sulphide bas-relief(reminiscent of Wedgewood jasperware) backed with an iridescent blue butterfly wing ground, a domed glass cover, and usually a sterling silver frame and back. The backs are often marked with a British patent number, granted to Shipton & Co. of Brinmingham, England in 1923." That is found on page 137 and there is an unusual yellow butterfly wing pin pictured on the same page." Lilly Vittetow.
I love these very much, not maker marked, stamped 925 , some damage to the butterfly wing, but just so special I think!!!
The chain links are silver with a little flower at the top and for some reason 9c rose gold screw back fittings have been soldered to the silver of the flower!!
The cameo itself is only 1/2 inch high....... I haven't cleaned the silver yet.....they were a local Aus buy for $42.00 which I think was very reasonable. The seller dated them to 1930s.
Hope you enjoy seeing these, thanks Judy.