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Brooches815 of 887Hand-wrought Sterling/Onyx pin~Signed RH15ct "snuff" Pin
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    Posted 10 years ago

    scottvez
    (933 items)

    Here is a vintage sterling silver pin.

    I have a good idea of what it represents and what the center piece is made of, but I thought it would be fun to open it up to others.

    Please post your opinion on the item.

    I will post what I believe at the end of the day.

    Good luck!

    Scott

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    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 10 years ago
      The sterling pin is the out line of the island of Oahu and the stone is called cat-eye. I have a cat eye ring posted on my show and tell. The ring was given to my mother by my dad when we lived in Hawaii 1950.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      My grandmother had a cat's eye brooch here in Oz! I think I have it somewhere. It's not to be confused with the stone called a cat's eye. It's the 'operculum' of a mollusc: Turbo smaragdus/petholatus etc or Turban snails. It's the animal form of a 'hatch' and nicely is the same round or oval shape of a submarine's breech/hatch. Nature's design copied by man.
      Good luck, evil eye mojo jewel.
      I'll go for Oahu - well done ttomtucker!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Congratulations-- Great job tom! And great information on the operculum vetraio!

      That is pretty much what I thought: The cut out represents Oahu (the middle photograph of the front has the correct orientation). The applied object is an operculum and it is also known as a "pacific cat eye".

      I would think that this dates from about the 1940s- 1950s.

      I like it because it fits with my WW2 sweetheart and souvenir items.

      Scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks tom, vetraio, Purdy, and Alfredo.

      Scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks bellin.

      Scott
    6. EmmaPeel, 5 years ago
      I believe this may be what is known as "Shiva's Eye". It is an operculum, but possibly from a different species.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the information emma-- I'll have to check out a "Shiva's Eye".

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks cultcha.

      scott

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