Posted 2 years ago
This is a really beautiful arts and crafts style enamel and base metal (silver colored) piece of jewelry, featuring a European common kingfisher poised above a marsh or pond. The cabochon-shaped enamel (3 cm diameter) is quite detailed with bright luminescent reds, blues, yellows and greens. There is gold highlighting painted throughout, even outlining the cattails on the right side of the piece. The backside shows a missing piece and we have speculated that this was either originally a hatpin top, elaborate button, or part of a broken cloak clasp.
We have been unable to identify the maker and would love any thoughts you might have. Our guess is that it might have been made somewhere in the British Isles during the arts and crafts period.