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Costume Brooches1098 of 2388Cara China Staffordshire Flower Pin, 1950'sPure sparkle tremblant rhinestone flower brooch
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    Posted 4 years ago

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    For a while I believed this was an Alfred Phillipe brooch, but after a recent conversation and a little browsing on the web, I'm beginning to think it may be a Mazer Bros brooch fron the late 30's, early 40s.

    Can anyone help with this? It is rhodium plated / rhinestone and unsigned.

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Unsigned makes it difficult. I found this one:
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Is that yours?
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      From what I've read so far, Mazer Bros. marked all their jewelry items.
    4. Gillian, 4 years ago
      The pinterest brooch in the link provided by Efesgirl, is the same brooch. Same missing stones. Even the same shading in the background - so.........? Efesgirl should be congratulated for finding it don't you think?
    5. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Bought before you asked your question -
    6. gardinerth, 4 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl and Gillian. Actually the link is to my shop. I removed it because it was mis-attributed.

      Efesgirl, you say all Mazer was signed, but do a search of mazer flower basket brooch and you find many of them, most all unsigned??? I know there were 2 companies by the Mazer brothers, and Boucher started his own company. I'm certain all Boucher is signed, but not sure about Mazer. Also, my pin has the same findings as the other "unsigned" Mazer brooches online...? Hmmm.
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      Unsigned pieces always leave the door open for speculation. Here is a sampling of brooches and other jewelry by Mazer.

      This particular brooch is unsigned - only marked with a "B" but is referenced elsewhere:

      As is this bracelet:

    8. gardinerth, 4 years ago
      Thanks. If you notice on the first link you gave me is a number of basket brooches, mostly unsigned. Many also have the same findings as mine. What do you think of the design of the brooch I have shown? To me, it's unmistakably the work of a very good designer. What is the standard for attribution?
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      The normal standards for attribution is a combination of quality of workmanship and quality of the paste stones/gemstones used. However, without a signed piece to compare it to or a listed reference, it's still just a guess. The best that can be said is that it is attributed to Mazer Bros. Serious collectors want either signed pieces or unsigned pieces with a direct reference to a signed piece of the same design.
    10. gardinerth, 4 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl, that helps. Now that I know a standard I can do the appropriate research.
    11. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      You're welcome.

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