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Sulphide Cameo Butterfly Wing Sterling Silver Earrings with 9ct Gold Screw Fittings

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    Posted 4 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.

    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.

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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Here is the full article.......
      http://imageevent.com/thejewelryring/butterflywingjewelry
    2. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      They are really beautiful Judy, interesting too! Very different to other morpho jewellery I have seen. Do you think the gold fittings are original?
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Karen.
      The more I look at these earrings, the more I think they started out as 2 pendants. You have probably noticed that they both face the same way, and the silver chains are not the same links either. So possibly they were made into earrings and that is when the old 9c fittings were attached....... just guessing here...what do you think!!!
      I still love them though. :)
    4. martika martika, 4 years ago
      What a nice pair!!!
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Martika, glad you think so! :)
    6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Judy, they are so sweet! Right observation of the sulphides in same facing, but the transformation is well done and the result is charming :-D
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Pascale, I thought they were the sweetest little things too!! Thanks for confirming that, I will just leave them as they are now. At least they can be worn and are actually comfortable! Now I need to find a ring. :))
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Fortapache, Karen, Martika, Pascale, Fleafinder, Scott, Mike, Melanie, Caperkid, Bobby725, Jlmam, Poire, Vetraio and Aura, thanks very much everyone for the love, it is always sincerely appreciated!
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Really appreciate the love Manikin, thank you!
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Many thanks Sean and Beyemvey for the love!
    11. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hi Thomas, thanks for the love!! Nice to have you back after your big move!!
    12. davyd286, 4 years ago
      The border around your cameos looks very much like the one here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/25753-english-butterfly-wing-jewellery
    13. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Yes, thanks Davyd the one in the 3rd picture in your link is pretty much the same isn't it. I posted a small butterfly wing brooch a couple of weeks ago that has the same border as well......not sure if you saw that one. Thanks for your interest!
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Val, thank you!!
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciated Sean, thank you!
    16. Bettyb00 Bettyb00, 4 years ago
      Just lovely judy!
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Betty, I think they are too and I was really happy to get them. Appreciate the love too, thanks!
    18. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      BTLens, really appreciate the love, thank you!
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Bijou and Elizabethan.....thanks to you both for the love....really appreciated!!
    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much Lamplover for the love, much appreciated!
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Elizabeth, thank you!
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love PhilD, thank you!
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the love Jenni, always appreciated :-) )
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Tigra and Trey, many thanks for taking the time to look and love :-)
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Pascale for more love here:-) )
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Many thanks MyCountry for taking the time to look and love:-)
    27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 months ago
      So very beautiful!

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