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Posted 1 year ago


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Sold for Thunderbird brooch......

As misdescribed, price was good for me!

An Art Deco Egyptian revival silver and plique à jour enamel would have attracted more bids :-D

Update: big thanks to Ivan who identified the mark for Cairo, 1931/1932!

Wingspan is 6cm (2.5/16"), marked 800 and an indistinct mark on the needle: letter ?, a bar, W, a bar, E (or F?).

Mystery Solved


  1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 1 year ago
    That looks about as much like a Thunderbird as I do....!!!

    It's superb, too.....
  2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 1 year ago
    It was made in Cairo, Egypt, fineness .800 (mark on the left).``Cat mark`` (in the middle) was used until 1946. Date letter (right) is ``F`` for 1931/1932 (replaced with Arabic numerals in 1940).
  3. IVAN49 IVAN49, 1 year ago
    Btw. It`s Egyptian scarab with spread wings, a symbol of extended protection.
  4. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Lol Bonnie! Thank you!

    Ivan! Huge thanks for solving this mystery :-)
    I thought it was maker's mark, and didn't expect a hallmark on the needle!
  5. Celiene Celiene, 1 year ago
  6. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 1 year ago
    Mmmmmm boy. I do love that!!
  7. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    You have a eye for finding such wonderful pieces !
  8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
    What a treasure dear kyra, I imagine everyone is jealous of this beautiful find, congratulations on this milestone !~
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    FABULOUS !!!
  10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 1 year ago
    Ah Kyra, how funny is that.....this is gorgeous!!! Well done for spotting!!!
  11. IVAN49 IVAN49, 1 year ago
    ``800`` was struck before enameling, the only place for full marks was obviously the needle, otherwise would crack the enamel. Plique à jour is difficult to make - one can ruin several peaces to achieve perfect results. So, the maker could not risk to have it assayed, duty paid and then ruin the piece.
  12. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Celiene, Lois, dear Manikin, Phil, Vetraio and Judy, thank you so much for your gorgeous and lovely comments :-D I was indeed lucky to spot it !

    Ivan, thank you for the explanation, the hallmark being so long, that makes sense!
  13. martika martika, 1 year ago
    Magnificent!!! Well done for spotting it :)
  14. Celiene Celiene, 1 year ago
    IVAN49 - would you please look at this brooch and comment on the strange setting of the stone. You have great knowledge! Would be much appreciated.

  15. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    So wonderful!
  16. cindyjune cindyjune, 1 year ago
    Wow! What a great piece!
  17. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year ago
    Interesting, I've never seen a plique piece like this with Egyptian marks. It's so like the earlier German pieces style wise but I guess the enamel colours are quite different.
  18. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Jewels1900, neither do I! But it is obvious so much tourists went to Egypt then, they had to make some fine souvenir jewellery!

    The enamel colors are more pure primary, and surface more glass like than on German pieces.
    I think you missed Bluboi's Egyptian bracelets:
    Thank you for your interest :-)

    Valentino, Cindyjune, many thanks for your wonderful and wow comments ;-))

    Paul, Rose, Sean and Annelanders, lot of thanks for joining the scarab lovers!
  19. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    WOW, great addition, Congrats
  20. IVAN49 IVAN49, 1 year ago
    Cannot help with the stone based on the image.
    Egyptian silver with old marks (cat an Latin date letters) is not very common. They have mastered enameling, cannot recall if this quality can be seen today.
  21. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, 1 year ago
    Hey ..nice score.... '-)
    Scarab dung beetles lay eggs in a pellet which they roll along and the Egyptians regarded this action as an image of the sun and its course through the heavens, rolled by a gigantic beetle. Scarabs are associated with the Egyptian god, Khepri. It was Khepri that pushed the sun across the sky. The scarab beetle became an ancient Egyptian symbol for rebirth, the ability to be reborn. Each day the sun disappeared, always to rise again and be reborn the following day.

    The god Khepri, which literally means "He who is Coming into Being", was a creator god and a solar deity. He was represented as a scarab or dung beetle, or as a man with a beetle head. Often represented as a beetle within the sun-disk.

    The scarab beetle was observed to roll its eggs in a ball of dung along the ground, and the ball was identified with the sun. The baby beetles were seen to emerge from the primeval mound and so dung beetles were thought capable of spontaneous creation. Hence, the scarab became an important symbol of creation, resurrection and everlasting life in the religious mythology of ancient Egypt. Alternate myth: Isis

    Small jars and coffins containing dried (mummified) scarabs were often placed in Egyptian tombs as part of their ancient funeral rites to ensure eternal resurrection.

    Winged scarab / heart scarab:
    So-called heart scarabs, usually flanked with falcon's wings, were funerary talismans. The stone heart scarab was laid upon the breast of the mummy, and this indicated that the guilty soul must stand in the judgment hall in the presence of Osiris. The scarab thus used was to secure exemption from the possible performance of an evil life. Perhaps the most famous example of such "heart scarabs" is the yellow-green pectoral scarab found among the entombed provisions of Tutankhame
  22. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thank you Kerry for your congrats ;-) same back to you for your animated Davy Crockett!

    Ivan, thanks for your complementary comment:-)

    Oroyoroy... you may be a reincarnation of Khepri the solar deity! ;-)

  23. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Many thanks, Lentilka, Betty, Karenoke, Hunter, Jean, Ho2cultcha and Phil for your lovely visit!
  24. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thank you David for loving the Egyptian Bzz Bzz;-)
  25. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Thank you Rick for being the 40th lover! :-))
  26. MALKEY MALKEY, 1 year ago
    Pure magic full of meaning & absolute beauty thanks for sharing Kyratango
  27. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Oohh, thank you so much Malkey, I really admire your artistic pics of your stunning pieces!

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