Posted 3 years ago
We have been collecting these fun paperweight brooches for a while, picking them up here and there. Courtenayantiques had a great post on their history, indicating some of these were produced in Bohemia in the early 20th century (see link in comments).
This particular posting features three different versions of these brooches. The first one has three goldfish swimming amidst aquatic plants and air bubbles. The metal surrounds have inset multicolored glass brilliants and a small metal chain that connects the two parts of the brooch. The second brooch has a large sailing vessel in the high seas, back-lit with an intense magenta sky. The last one has two sailing boats silhouetted against blue sky, black mountains, and blue water in a placid tropical setting. The fish one is back with mother-of-pearl; the big ship seems to be backed with a textured foil, though we are not sure about this; and the sailing boats one appears to be backed with actual butterfly wings, and the boats and birds seem to be handpainted. This last one is also marked Sterling and England. We posted another group of these types of brooches, so please look for them.