Posted 3 years ago
I found these brooches from my BJL (Bohemian Jewellers Ltd), collection featured in the book “Marcasite Jewellery – History, Designers and Manufacturers” by Patricia McMullen, 2016.
The pheasant, the peacock and the large orchid brooch all feature in a photograph from the author's personal collection. My orchid and pheasant brooch are unsigned but otherwise identical to those in the book.
The book also contains a colour advert "All hand-set by Bomark" featuring a carved rose brooch similar to the one I have pictured above (I have seen several signed BJL designs of carved roses), the large orchid brooch, and a round brooch with the same marcasite set frame as the tigers eye pictured above, The brooch featured in the advert had a black onyx (or glass) stone, so it looks like they made a series of these brooches featuring different coloured stones or glass. The advert also had oval pendants similar to the tigers eye brooch, Limoges china brooches and cameo brooches and earrings. Bomark was a brand name of BJL.
For more information about BJL see the link to another post of mine in the comments.