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Antique French silver and paste prawn brooch.

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    Posted 2 years ago

    kyratango
    (429 items)

    Incredible subject for a jewel....

    Novelty pieces from 1870's depicted some strange creatures you woldn't think of for feminine adornment...

    Lizards, bats, frogs, insects, monkeys, turtles...

    Which woman could wear a PRAWN?! (Beside me, of course!)

    5cm long by 1.6cm wide.

    Boar's head hallmark and illegible French maker's mark on the C clasp.

    Very detailed, even on back!

    I bought it from France, the seller thoroughly cleaned it before sending, silver was awfully bright making the paste stones look dull :-/

    Several months later, after some match's smoke under it, some soft brushings with a soft brush blackened from previous old silver polishing and weeks staying in my bathroom near oxydised silver, it begin to get some patina...

    PLEASE, SELLERS, DON'T CLEAN, LEAVE IT TO THE BUYER!

    Comments

    1. Karenoke Karenoke, 2 years ago
      This is amazing, as I love the subject!
      I've spent my life on or near water. And where you call it a prawn, I call it a shrimp.
      Nice find!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Haha karenoke, thank you for your love and nice comment! :-)
      I hesitate when it came to name it in the title!
      So I did some search, lol!
      http://www.foodsng.com/distinguish-between-crayfish-prawn-shrimp/

      Could change and name it a primp or a shrawn ;-))

    3. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Oops I know you like patina on your silver. Lovely prawn, shrimp or crayfish.
    4. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
      What a wonderful find ! I have no idea what it is but looks like a water creature and so unique . I love your eye for the most unusual beauties ! xo
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      FABULOUS FIND !!!!
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 years ago
      Amazing Pascale the things you find!! Fabulous prawn, I love it:-)
      Thank goodness it isn't your mystery urn mark lol!!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Jean! Thanks! Yep, patina gives more contrast and volume to such pieces :-)

      Mani! Yes, a sea creepy crawler! Unusual for sure :-) Thank you for your always appreciated comments and loves!

      Gary! Oddly, I wear it while eating mutton chops too... ;-))) Thank you!

      Vetraio! I'm very glad you enjoy it! Many tjanks for your lovely visit :-)

      Judy, I'm an Internet hunting addict... So many things pop out while searching! But sure I didn't type "antique prawn/shrimp brooch" ;-)
      Not by the mysterious maker with "urn mark", but I got some more pieces from him.... Now, will have to show them ;-))
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      YES, your first line describes my thought exactly, but it sure is a beauty. I popped on to this first as I was looking for your latest kyratization ring!
    9. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 2 years ago
      Oh how fantastic! I love this shrawn primp brooch, it is amazing! Glad that women of earlier eras had imagination and style when it came to jewels. One thing, I would like to see the earlier bright version, can you share the photo? :)
    10. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Share, thanks! I'm pretty sure the lady who wore it first was facetious too ;-))

      Katherine, the bright primp in as received state is now in the first pic !
      Thank you for asking, and for your fantastic comment :-)

      Many, many thanks for your loves, 23 primp/shrawn lovers!!!
    11. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Update: before is in pic 2 :-))
    12. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 2 years ago
      Yes, it is better after the Kyra treatment, thanks for sharing the before photos. :)
    13. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Thanks to you, Katherine! And... it was the egg treatment ;-))

      Thank you Valentino for loving the primp/shrank ;-)

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