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EmmaPeel's likes9 of 13Autoclave/Sterilizer for surgical/medical instrumentsGlazed Redware Pitcher with mystery mark incised on bottom.
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    Posted 8 years ago

    bdeclee
    (6 items)

    I've had this pendant in a box of costume jewelry for ages. It's copper with enameling and what I thought was a glass cabochon... but perhaps it's ceramic? I've no idea. Unsigned - at least, I can't find a signature anywhere. It measures 50mm long by 35mm wide. Does anyone have any clues? I'd love to know! Thanks.

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    1. bdeclee, 8 years ago
      My update: I think the cabochon might be what's called "Peking Glass." Several hits on google look very similar to this center stone. As yet, though, no idea of the maker. I see this piece as transitional between art nouveau and arts and crafts. Am I in the ballpark?
    2. davyd286, 8 years ago
      The pendant seems to have elements from several styles/eras. I'd suggest looking closer at the center cabochon to see whether it's glass or ceramic. Ceramic inserts like that were popular in the 60s-70s.
    3. bdeclee, 8 years ago
      Davy - Thanks - it's definitely glass, and I'm pretty sure it's "Peking Glass." The pendant belonged to my great-aunt, so I doubt it's 60s-era.
      Sewing: Thank you so much - I'll be interested to hear what your markings are.
    4. bdeclee, 8 years ago
      Dear Sewing,
      Thank you so very much! You know, I had a feeling my pendant was some kind of brass. It doesn't exactly look just like copper, but not totally like brass either. Anyway, I will check out Regina's website forthwith and appreciate all your help.
    5. bdeclee, 8 years ago
      Hi Sewing,
      I found it, actually, on Regina's site - it's captioned "Circa 1910 Czech Necklace." It has a graceful drawn cable chain with it. Or at least, if it's not the one you are talking about, it's darn close! Thanks to your replies, I marked this as "solved." Grazie!
    6. bdeclee, 8 years ago
      Oh, I forgot - I wonder if the metal is pinchbeck? I don't know if it was used in jewelry as late as 1910, but if so, it seems likely that's what it is.
    7. vintage_vault vintage_vault, 6 years ago
      It's definitely not pinchbeck based on the era and the pic. Most likely brass or brass plated. Looks like Art Deco Czech green mottled. art glass and enamel. This type of stone is too often referred to as Peking Glass in the costume jewelry arena and it has stuck. Genuine Peking Glass is of a hand carved nature and exquisite and quite labor intensive to construct.

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