Posted 6 days ago
My Mum dug out this brooch from family bits and pieces when we were looking at Siam Silver Nieloware pieces as she thought it looked similar. She doesn't know where it came from.
Googling around, I first thought it looked a bit like a couple of Georg Jensen brooches designed by Arlo Malinowski made during WW2 (see link in comments), but there is no mark on the back.
Then I came across some Victorian mourning brooches with silver inlaid in other substances, usually tortoiseshell, but occasionally jet, so I'm wondering if this is indeed a Victorian mourning brooch made from jet with silver inlay. I'm pretty sure the flower is a forget-me-not which would fit with it being a mourning brooch.
It has a solid "c" clasp which looks like it's always been there, but the pin and hinge don't look original. It looks like the hinge has been soldered on a a later date. It's 2.5" in diameter (nearly 4cm).
I'd really welcome any thought on this - and I way of the mark or do my wild guesses seem reasonable? Thanks for reading if you got this far!