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Brooches105 of 917Cellist/cello brooch maker?Arts and crafts brooch with crinkle leaves
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This piece has a lot of work in it , it is quite large and heavy silver with an agate stone. I'm not sure if I like it or not , or is it that my eye is not yet accustomed to it ??? Has a Scottish look to it perhaps ? Can anyone help with identification of the flower type ? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. All I know about it is that it was purchased in a house clearance sale in Dunmow Essex. I don't have it in hand as yet so its hard to really get a feel for it. The square lines to the wire is something that I have seen somewhere ?? Gosh I've nearly run out of question marks here !!

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    1. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
      You're your not sure if you like it yet because it's not quite got that finesse, it falls a little flat. Even some of the naive pieces of Arts & Crafts jewellery can have finesse. It might be because I think it was likely made for another purpose, the pin appears to be added at a later date. Maybe it was a decorative element for a cloth or leather bound box. Or maybe it was just made as a decorative element and never used. Irrespective, I think it is an amateur or student piece. It may surprise you, it may be nicer than expected when it arrives.
    2. Hollyhocks Hollyhocks, 3 years ago
      Hello jewels1900, you have hit the nail on the head I believe. Something was not quite right to my eye , but .... I still wanted to purchase because i was thinking I could learn from this piece, it will give me a bit of a yard stick to identify better made , better quality. Do you think that’s crazy ? You could be right it might be a surprise when it arrives . I will certainly give it a very good eye over !! Thanks for your remarks they have helped sort out my thinking about the piece
    3. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 3 years ago
      No, I don't think that's crazy at all. I have bought many pieces to learn from. There are a whole lot of reasons a piece may be of interest. learning and honing your eye is as good as any. And BTW, have a look at metalwork by a maker name Mawson (KSIA). It's not as good but the smooth repousse work of this brooch reminds me of his work.
    4. Hollyhocks Hollyhocks, 3 years ago
      Oh KSIA ! Well I spent a wonderful evening in bed looking at beautiful work from that school. I see what you mean about Mawson's work being similar, less defined detail, with the hand of the maker being very evident in the finish. I ended my browse being green with envy !

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