Posted 2 years ago
Purchased these last week, took a gamble as they were only listed as "Antique Sterling Silver Brooches" with no description whatsoever and there was only a picture of the front!! Bought the pair for $25.00 each.
Both are marked STG. Silver on the reverse, both have riveted hinges and "C" clasps.
Both appear to have been basically constructed the same way with silver mounts and enclosed silver backs. Next a layer of perhaps pearloid or something similar to this, which is slightly iridescent. I believe the silhouette might then have been put over this and then topped with a clear plastic dome. I don't think that these would be reverse painted "verre eglomise".
They are lightweight pieces but appear to be really well made and unlike some I have seen are totally sealed, not able to be opened.
The lady with the swan has a simple rope edge around the brooch and a safety chain attached. Measures 4cm across.
The larger man and lady with flowers brooch has me stumped!!! It would seem that the domed silhouette has been set into an arts and crafts mount.............It looks to me to be all original!! Measures 4.5cm x 4.5cm total.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I really like these and would love to have your opinion on them. Only a guess, but I am thinking 1930/40s for the time period, and also Australian because of the way the STG.Silver is marked. Thanks, Judy