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Posted 3 months ago

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kyratango
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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 :-)

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  1. Caperkid Caperkid, 3 months ago
    I'm at a loss for words. Eye Catching lol
  2. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months ago
    Judy, indeed! Waiting for hubby reaction... His eyes are the same color ;-)))

    Thank you for loving my conversation piece!
  5. boysfarm boysfarm, 3 months ago
    "Heres looking at you kid" Wow I love it. Scare the children.
  6. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 3 months ago
    Wow, one of your best ones ever, what a piece!! Big love!
  7. brunswick brunswick, 3 months ago
    Very! Very! Unique!!!!

    Thomas.
  8. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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
  9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 months ago
    M"eye" kind of jewelry!!
  10. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 months ago
    Where on Earth did you find this brooch?
  11. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    Bonnie, we both have a weird part ;-)

    I caught it on Ebay UK. I always throw an eye on it, LOL!
  12. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 3 months 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.
  13. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 3 months ago
    What a fabulous piece, I love it!!
  14. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 months ago
    What beautiful piece of art jewellery mesmerising !!!!!!!! thanks for sharing Kyratango a joy to view
  15. Manikin Manikin, 3 months 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
  16. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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
  17. paris1925 paris1925, 3 months 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

  18. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 3 months ago
    WOW ! This is about the Best Post Eye've seen in a while ! It's spectacular !!
    Love it very much ! :)
  19. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 3 months ago
    Well, eye think it's kind of creepy. :P
  20. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
    D'eye'namite brooch. I love it Kyra, hope you wear it!

    These eye jokes keep getting cornea and cornea.
  21. inky inky, 3 months ago
    Looking right back at ya!...:-))
  22. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 months ago
    If you ever lose an eye... and you're in a pickle !~
  23. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 months ago
    Well wow that is eye opener, I don't think I've ever seen a brooch like this.
  24. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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 :-)
  25. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    Many thanks for your love click, Mike, JImam and Katherine !
  26. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 months 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! :)
  27. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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
  28. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 3 months 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!
  29. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    Lol GeodeJem !
    Keeping an eye on the pint... will try it with my glass of wine ;-)))
  30. FredStarkey, 3 months 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. :)
  31. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 months ago
    A Marine told me a very dirty joke about a glass eye, not repeating in public! :P
  32. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 months ago
    Been watching and waiting to see if the "eyes" have it looks like a winner
    ( eye think I know that one katherine ;o )
  33. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 months 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
  34. pebble pebble, 3 months 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....
  35. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months 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.
  36. Celiene Celiene, 3 months 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
  37. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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
  38. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 3 months ago
    Great! Reminds me of "The Tell-Tale Heart."
  39. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 months 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
  40. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    Kath! I think I found the joke. .. "I'll keep my eye out for you" LOL!
  41. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 months ago
    You just made my skin crawl, yikes!!! :P
  42. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 months ago
    eye mate I think yo did LOL ;O
  43. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 months 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.
  44. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    Vintagelamp ! Last but not least on the eye jokes!
    The Eyefull Tower is excellent ;-))))

    Thank you for the pun and the love!

  45. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
    "Eye" and myself are very grateful for all the loves from the 39 CW friends, love back to you all :-D
  46. kyratango kyratango, 3 months 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
  47. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, 2 months ago
    love the new profile pic ...is that one of the ones you raised and saved...??
  48. kyratango kyratango, 2 months 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!
  49. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, 2 months ago
    Well ,...ifen you feed the kids,.. they wont eat the bird ....lol I'll keep an EYE out for a progress report on pajama... ;-))
  50. kyratango kyratango, 2 months 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...
  51. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
    Djama!! I am glad she stopped by and on again with some R&R :-)
  52. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    So... she just came back, asking for meal :-D
  53. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    Valentino! I knew you'd like her (or him...) :-))
  54. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
    Yes, he/she must have been a rescue to like humans! So cute :-)
  55. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    Sure! See the first day how friendly she is:
    https://youtu.be/KnqvZv4haHg

    :-D
  56. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 months ago
    That is so cute pascale........you do seem to attract birds to your house! Peejay would have seen it as prey too!
  57. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    Awww, thank you Judy! I can't imagine Peejay with bad intentions... ;-)
  58. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 months ago
    If this were a vote it seems the "Aye's"would have rather than the nay's
  59. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    Excellent one, Fhrjr2 !!!
    Thank you for "eyedding" your pun here :-D
  60. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
    Wow Kyra, that has to be the most interesting brooch I've ever seen!!
  61. kyratango kyratango, 2 months 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!
  62. buckethead buckethead, 2 months ago
    Awesome Piece!
  63. kyratango kyratango, 2 months ago
    Buckethead! Thank you, even if I find it more quirky than awesome ;-)))

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