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Arts and Crafts Jewelry80 of 271 Antique prosthetic glass eye silver ring.Murrle Bennett? Pendant
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    Posted 1 year ago

    kyratango
    (418 items)

    This brooch is really an oddity!

    The glass eye is staring at you...

    The unmarked silver mount has a lovely patina and the little silver balls are very evocative of A&C pieces.
    C clasp, early round hinge, not the modern ones.

    3.5cm long, 2cm high.

    Never seen anything like that in this era!

    Perhaps a kind of later lover's eye jewelry or made for a true quirky lady!!!

    Post it as unsolved mystery to get any identification or idea you may have :-)

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    Comments

    1. Caperkid Caperkid, 1 year ago
      I'm at a loss for words. Eye Catching lol
    2. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Ha ha Caperkid ! Thanks for your appropriate pun!
      I caught an eye, struggled for it against 9 bidders and 29 bids :-))
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 1 year ago
      Wow Pascale I love it!!! How amazing...it is Lover's eye looking isn't it! The setting is great too....a lot of effort has gone into it........I really want one of these....haha what a talking point......fabulous!!
    4. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Judy, indeed! Waiting for hubby reaction... His eyes are the same color ;-)))

      Thank you for loving my conversation piece!
    5. boysfarm boysfarm, 1 year ago
      "Heres looking at you kid" Wow I love it. Scare the children.
    6. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 1 year ago
      Wow, one of your best ones ever, what a piece!! Big love!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Boysfarm, lol! Hope it will scare the rascals doggies :-) Thanks for your visi8, comment and love !

      Bijou! Merci!!! This one is really special :-D

      Thomas, thank you!
      Halas, it is unique... I'd love to have a pair ;-)))

      Hel1, thank you for your lovely visit :-D
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 1 year ago
      M"eye" kind of jewelry!!
    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 1 year ago
      Where on Earth did you find this brooch?
    10. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Bonnie, we both have a weird part ;-)

      I caught it on Ebay UK. I always throw an eye on it, LOL!
    11. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 1 year ago
      HEY! That is my exact eye color!! With hazel color around the black. My mom's eyes were that shade of the blue and my dad's were the hazel. I don't think it is that common of an eye. I really hope I find a pin like it.
    12. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 1 year ago
      What a fabulous piece, I love it!!
    13. MALKEY MALKEY, 1 year ago
      What beautiful piece of art jewellery mesmerising !!!!!!!! thanks for sharing Kyratango a joy to view
    14. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      wow that is a a strange piece :-) I wonder the reaction of people if you wore it . Very cool unusual treasure for your collection xoxo
    15. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Lois, unusual color for sure :-)
      Glad you love my odd eye, thank you!
      Maybe you have a story to imagine about it being alone ;-))

      Courtenayantiques, thank you for your fabulous comment and love !

      Malkey, thank you for such a kind comment and appreciation!

      Mani, I'll wear it tomorrow, it will surely be a conversation piece :-)) Thank you for your lovely visit and highly appreciated comment, XOXO

      Thanks for your love, PoliticalPinbacks! :-D
    16. paris1925 paris1925, 1 year ago
      ho kyra you got my eye-) the derrick one-) voila maintenant tu garde un oeil sur toute ta collec sur cw-) bisou. on ne pourra plus dire que tu n'as plus "l'oeil' hihihi

    17. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 1 year ago
      WOW ! This is about the Best Post Eye've seen in a while ! It's spectacular !!
      Love it very much ! :)
    18. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 1 year ago
      Well, eye think it's kind of creepy. :P
    19. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      D'eye'namite brooch. I love it Kyra, hope you wear it!

      These eye jokes keep getting cornea and cornea.
    20. inky inky, 1 year ago
      Looking right back at ya!...:-))
    21. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      If you ever lose an eye... and you're in a pickle !~
    22. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 1 year ago
      Well wow that is eye opener, I don't think I've ever seen a brooch like this.
    23. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      David! Lol! Yes, now I can keep an EYE on my collection :-D merci!

      Ken! Thanks for the pun, love and kind comment !

      SpiritBear, yes, creepy, weird, odd, and really unusual! Thank you!

      Karen, yep, so much jokes and puns with this EYE to enjoy ourselves :-))) Thank you dear friend!

      Inky! Thanks, and love back at ya ;-)

      Phil, thanks! This is my famous "Eagle's eye" for spotting bugs from far away!

      Jean, I've either never encountered such a weird old one, thank you for adding to the eye jokes :-)
      And for your kind comment and love :-)
    24. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Many thanks for your love click, Mike, JImam and Katherine !
    25. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 1 year ago
      LOL, very punny thread, enjoyed reading it! :)) My guess for whatever it's worth is that this belonged to someone who sold eyeglasses and prosthetic eyes back in the day? The Victorian version of an advertisement teeshirt, so to speak. It's a fantastic piece, very unique and interesting! :)
    26. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Oh, Kath, I love the idea of the advertising :-)))

      I collected too antique eyeglasses, lorgnette and optical pieces, so it fits in that collecting area too Ô..0
    27. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 1 year ago
      I was a school caretaker for 19 years and I had a Caretaking colleague who a glass eye, well he was drinker and his fav trick was to gross everybody out by placing his glass eye on the bar by his pint and when asked why. he told them its keeping an eye on his pint! He was often accused by jealous boyfriends of staring at their women, he wasn't really it was his fixed focus un moving eye!
    28. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Lol GeodeJem !
      Keeping an eye on the pint... will try it with my glass of wine ;-)))
    29. FredStarkey, 1 year ago
      Just out of interest, I have been looking for years to find a piece of jewelry similar to my eye ring. Yours is the first and only other I have seen. I have posted it in 'Show and Tell' so you can see for yourself. :)
    30. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 1 year ago
      A Marine told me a very dirty joke about a glass eye, not repeating in public! :P
    31. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 1 year ago
      Been watching and waiting to see if the "eyes" have it looks like a winner
      ( eye think I know that one katherine ;o )
    32. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 1 year ago
      Well don't repeat it, PP! :P

      Fred, I just posted the link to this thread on your thread, lol, we must have crossed posts. :))

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/227027-antique-prosthetic-glass-eye-silver-rin#comment-1071529
    33. pebble pebble, 1 year ago
      Just saw the link to this on the eye ring post. I absolutely love it, I'll have to keep an eye out for another one....
    34. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      So cool! I love it. There's many glass eyes online - not cheap by the way - and I like what the designer created for your brooch. I love the ring just posted too here on CW.
    35. Celiene Celiene, 1 year ago
      At Loved To Death in San Francisco, you used to be able to get human glass eye jewelry. Now it looks like thy just have taxidermy animal eyes. But you can still get human teeth jewelry! I LOVE this place!

      https://www.lovedtodeath.com/search?q=glass+eye
    36. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      PP, I'd love to know the dirty joke... But Kath disapprove... ;-)

      The eye ring is fabulous!

      Fred thank you for your comment and posting your ring! You're a w-eye-se man :-D

      Pebble! Now a lot of eyes to look after eye jewellery!

      Dear Valentino, thanks for your cool comment and lovely visit :-D

      Celiene, many thanks for the link to the "Love to death" shop, extraordinary stuff!

      Found this one:

      glass eye ring Sterling silver Evil eye prosthetic eye ring
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/227429945/glass-eye-ring-sterling-silver-evil-eye?ref=market
    37. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 1 year ago
      Great! Reminds me of "The Tell-Tale Heart."
    38. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 1 year ago
      Oh my goodness, a whole Etsy shop of them!!! :P

      Pascale, my dear, I wouldn't repeat the joke, it's horrible and disgusting. [Send me an email, lol!] :P
    39. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Kath! I think I found the joke. .. "I'll keep my eye out for you" LOL!
    40. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 1 year ago
      You just made my skin crawl, yikes!!! :P
    41. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 1 year ago
      eye mate I think yo did LOL ;O
    42. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 1 year ago
      kyra, I see eye am too late for all of the insightful eye jokes. Eye am so sorry...just give me 30 lashes and throw me from the eyefull tower.
    43. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Vintagelamp ! Last but not least on the eye jokes!
      The Eyefull Tower is excellent ;-))))

      Thank you for the pun and the love!

    44. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      "Eye" and myself are very grateful for all the loves from the 39 CW friends, love back to you all :-D
    45. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Have an eye on the ring there:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/from-hummingbird-heads-to-poison-rings-indulging-our-antique-jewelry-obsession/

      Ô_ô
    46. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Thanks Gary!
      Djama (pun for pajama) arrived on our table outside during sunday lunch, she is very familiar and still a baby who can fly. Surely saved by someone else and escaped.
      But... half an hour ago, the twins caught her just after her bath!
      She is alive, but lost most part of the tail... I'm not sure if she still can fly... will see when she will calm down and dry, I put her on a branch and check regularly :-/
      Fingers crossed!
    47. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      They are really well fed... but hunting instincts are huge!
      The little fellow managed to fly away during following hour :-)
      I don't think she will come back in the area...
    48. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Djama!! I am glad she stopped by and on again with some R&R :-)
    49. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      So... she just came back, asking for meal :-D
    50. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Valentino! I knew you'd like her (or him...) :-))
    51. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Yes, he/she must have been a rescue to like humans! So cute :-)
    52. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Sure! See the first day how friendly she is:
      https://youtu.be/KnqvZv4haHg

      :-D
    53. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 1 year ago
      That is so cute pascale........you do seem to attract birds to your house! Peejay would have seen it as prey too!
    54. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Awww, thank you Judy! I can't imagine Peejay with bad intentions... ;-)
    55. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      If this were a vote it seems the "Aye's"would have rather than the nay's
    56. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Excellent one, Fhrjr2 !!!
      Thank you for "eyedding" your pun here :-D
    57. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Wow Kyra, that has to be the most interesting brooch I've ever seen!!
    58. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Hi Scott! Glad you took a break from your work to spend some time on CW :-))

      Thank you for your visit, kind comment and love!
    59. buckethead buckethead, 1 year ago
      Awesome Piece!
    60. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
      Buckethead! Thank you, even if I find it more quirky than awesome ;-)))
    61. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 11 months ago
      Holy smokes, this brings back childhood memories......
      My maternal grandmother had cancer, and lost her eye and cheekbone. She was given a prosthetic eye that freaked me out more than seeing her without it. She wore it for a few years, but it would fall out at the most inopportune moments. The last time I saw her wearing it, we were visiting her and my step grandfather in Lancaster PA. We were at a restaurant and yep, it happened. The waiter came by to refill coffee mugs and stopped. He was looking at my grandmothers salad bowl, or what was in it rather.....
    62. kyratango kyratango, 11 months ago
      Tlynnie, what a funny story, I'm very glad my eye brought back such childhood precious memory :-D
      Thank you!

      46 000 000 thanks to all of you, 46 eye lovers!
    63. raven3766 raven3766, 2 months ago
      Eye would appreciate having that eye in my brooch collection.
    64. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
      Eye understand you well, Raven! ;-)
      Thank you!

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