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    Posted 6 years ago

    racer4four
    (608 items)

    I have mentioned before that my lovely Cornish pixie pin by Instone was recently lost. Sad indeed.
    I saw this brooch for sale on Ebay and bought it to console myself. Fortunately it was very cheap as the seller didn't even mention that it was sterling silver, and the enamel work is a bit drab and tatty. I like it however.

    I guess my question is: is this another unmarked Bernard Instone?
    The pixie certainly looks similar.
    It is stamped on the back: Sterling Silver Made in England, but no other marks.

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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      Oh great Karen.....glad you could get one!! Have you seen these???
      Jean has a pixie on blue shell which are earrings that have I think the same stamping .......unmarked instone!
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/192003-bernard-instone-enamel-and-pixie-earring
    3. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Judy. The shell is similar although mine is bigger (brooch, not earrings I guess) but the pixie certainly looks the same moulding.
      I have a feeling my brooch is Instone, it's just I am reluctant to attribute without some moral support lol!
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      Oh yes, I understand.....I don't like to do that either lol!!
    5. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 6 years ago
      Want!! :-o
      :-)))
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      Karen - here are Jean's earrings:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/192003-bernard-instone-enamel-and-pixie-earring
    7. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Yeahhh, you found another! (or the Pixie found you...)
    8. pebble pebble, 6 years ago
      As soon as I saw it I thought Bernard Instone - not that I know anything other than what I've learned from this site! I had seen the earrings above before and thought this looked the similar.

      It's lovely, glad you found it :)
    9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Yes Karen, there's no doubt in my mind this is Bernard Instone. May be you can get some advise from kyra on how to do some restoration work.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Lol Bijou. Thanks!
    11. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Ta, Bonnie. I remembered them!

      Pixie found me Kyra to cheer me up. Thanks
    12. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Pebble. I had never heard of Instone until Jean showed him here on CW. It's cool what we learn!!

      I was hoping you would confirm Instone for me Jean. Many thanks.
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      What happened to your other pin, Karen? I couldn't find the thread you mentioned.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      It was possibly in a comment somewhere Katherine. I wore it out one day, got home and it was missing. :(
    15. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Oh I'm so sorry to hear that, Karen, what a shame! :(
    16. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine.
    17. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      Super cool! Love it!
    18. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      I love a Pixie, naughty little blighters!
      Thanks for the love VL.

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