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Grape Cluster Clip, New England Glass Works Co.

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Until I find another cameo I think the CW audience would like to see, may as well share other amusing items.

    An Art Deco era clip in the form of a bunch of grapes tied with a bow. The entire piece has silver-tone metal as its foundation. The bow is set with small glass stones, some now darkened. The stems are brought out by black enamel. (See a chip here.) The large, luscious grapes are glass pearls, which I think have yellowed a bit, as has the glue holding them.

    In several places, where there would otherwise be a gap, a bit of metal work has been added to ensure the durability of the piece; these have been shaped so that they almost look like small pearls when reflecting light.

    The clip mechanism itself shows Deco influence in its design and has sharp little teeth to hold in in place. The clip is approx. 2.25 inches in height; the bow is 1.5 inches wide.

    The maker's mark of initials NE inside what is variously described as a goblet or chalice (I think wine glass, which would be appropriate if they made many pieces using the pearls for grapes) is for the New England Glass Works Co. According to information on the excellent Illusion Jewels web site (hyperlink in comments), this mark was used specifically for artificial pearls in the 1920s, although the evidence is a bit thin.

    Found this among my mother's things, something she acquired as part of a small collection of vintage costume jewels. I wear it occasionally with a V-neck sweater.

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    1. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      The N section of Illusion Jewels' maker's mark encyclopedia:
    2. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      Whoa, AdeleC, you're quick off the mark - thanks.
    3. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      The same piece using colored stones and with a different assessment of age:
    4. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      We could probably start another new category to add to entomological jewelry, using a favorite word I so hoped I could work in somewhere: Botryoidal Jewelry. Many of my favorite cameos & intaglios feature the wine god Bacchus/Dionysus and/or his followers, such as the one of the drunken Silenus on his ass I posted a while back. Thanks for the love. :)
    5. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      Thanks to all - you know who you are - who have given this piece their love.
    6. lentilka11, 5 years ago
      I love the design, and the usage of black enamel! You have nice pieces!!
    7. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      Thank you, lentilka. This was something my mother had. I credit her with shaping my taste for art & design.
    8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Beautiful pics, beautiful piece !~
    9. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      Thank you Dr. Morris, especially for kindness to photos, definitely not my area of expertise. :)
    10. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 5 years ago
      The main arena where 'botryoidal' is used is mineralogy; some minerals, instead of forming angular crystals, form rounded, botryoidal clusters. Spell check doesn't know this word either. :)

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