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Hattie Carnegie Mermaid - True Vintage vs Reproduction

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Posted 5 years ago


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Lets share views on posted examples of Mermaid brooch, unsigned but attributed to Hattie Carnegie. Brooches in examples numbered 2-4 are clearly different from the first one, so basically we are looking at two types of this brooch. One is original vintage, the other one is a more or less recent reproduction - so which one in your opinion is vintage?

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  1. Newtimes Newtimes, 5 years ago
    nr 1 is the original. It appears to have a better finish and more details than nr 2, 3 and 4. But I'm no expert.
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Just for variety...because I don't know...I am going with 3 as the original.
  3. davyd286, 5 years ago
    If I wanted to buy one to wear, I would have picked #1 because it's more detailed, even though it looks to me most recent of the four. Could it be a museum store piece? The other three look like they may have come from the same mold but the back is finished differently on #2.
  4. kindy kindy, 5 years ago
    While #1 has more defined features, it also looks more recent and from cheaper materials. I honestly have no clue but I'm tossing up between #3 and #4. Don't leave us hanging too long, I'm keen to know... ;)
  5. ivanb2k, 5 years ago
    I had #1 brooch recently that I purchased from a women that had literally minimum 100 pieces.. Mainly Kenneth Jay Lane but also numerous Carnegie pieces.. I had listed this brooch on Ebay and had it knocked off twice.. The first time I had it listed as Unsigned Hattie Carnegie and the second time after speaking with Ebay and listing it per their suggestion had it knocked off again.. I will say that the detail is amazing as is the color.. I will have to say #1
  6. stefdesign stefdesign, 5 years ago
    I think #3 looks the most elegant, and all of the elements seem to fit together better than the others.
  7. ivanb2k, 5 years ago
    So when do you finally say which is the real one..??
  8. sammytheopulenthippo sammytheopulenthippo, 5 years ago
    Oooh, this is a tough one!
    I have never seen these pieces up-close, but I'd rule #1 out. From what I have seen so far, the Hattie Carnegie mermaid brooch does not have a well-defined facial features, and it does not hold a pearl.
    As for the other three, the gold plate finishing at the back of #2 and #4 looks rather rough while #3 seem to have the cleanest finish. I'd go with #3 as the original!
  9. vintagejewel vintagejewel, 5 years ago
    Number 2 or 3 as original
  10. jrfm410, 5 years ago
    don't u hate it when they don't post the answer! lol...even I want to know...which one is the REAL deal?
  11. jrfm410, 5 years ago
    I am guessing #4
  12. ivanb2k, 5 years ago
    Yes, I want to know too.. Will you answer which is real?? Or not..
  13. ivanb2k, 5 years ago
    Soooo.. Which one is the real one.. Or do you know???
  14. Wendep, 4 years ago
    I think it's # 3 or 4. To my knowledge the mermaid does not hold a pearl and her face is blank of expression. I'd like to be told as I am sure other's would which is the real.
  15. noliegirl, 4 years ago
    Look at the quality of #1. #1 has clear detail in the face, has strong detail in the hair, the fin and the shell. Now look at the backs. the back of #1 is consistent with signed brooches. And finally, look at the way the plastic components fit into the metal components. #1's components have a clean fit; the others do not. I believe that #1 is the original; it has a quality consistent with other marked Carnegie brooches.

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