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    Posted 2 years ago

    Betty1978
    (49 items)

    Hi there! I bought this lovely brooch at a yardsale last weekend. I believe it is quite old, but I have no idea of its origin. The central cabochon looks like an amethyst, but since I have very little knowledge about gems, it could also be glass... The other stones could be agates, but then again, I'm not sure. The piece was transformed into a brooch (the pin was added to the back part). Originally, it could have been the front part of a locket (or a watch case?). The metal on the back isn't the same colour as the metal on the front. There is no mark on either part.
    Any suggestion is welcome! :)

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Very pretty find!
      Early Victorian pinchbeck, agate/calcedony, perhaps amethyst or pergaps purple paste.
      From the curved shape, it was converted to a brooch from a bracelet clasp.
      You should find the groove where the clasp tongue part went on the side under the needle hinge :-)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Victorian-Embroidered-Glass-Bead-Pinchbeck-Chalcedony-Push-In-Clasp/263335318005?hash=item3d500211f5:g:6RoAAOSwazJZ31rG&_trkparms=gclientid%3DJ18uFis1IA7RYgvP3Z-Lz8Rq_HVGg79PB2PZngf1Gv9nbw813bez0wCZkpFEPQtT&_trksid=p2489528.m4335.l8656
    3. Betty1978 Betty1978, 2 years ago
      Outstanding! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise, Kyratango! Indeed, I can can see the groove you are talking about... So very interesting! I paid 8 euros for this little treasure! It will definitely occupy a special place in my modest jewelry collection...
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      De rien! ;-))
      These very old pieces often were adapted.
      Cool catch for 8€!
    5. Moonhill Moonhill, 2 years ago
      It may be Scottish. I have seen the same Scottish design but with agates.
    6. Betty1978 Betty1978, 2 years ago
      Yes, Moonhill, I've seen some of these brooches on Ebay... Thanks for your comment!
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Truly wonderful!
    8. Betty1978 Betty1978, 2 years ago
      Thank you Elisabethan! :)

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