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Sydenham Brothers Sterling Cross ca.1860's~Very Unusual Details, Owl, Moon

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Sterling Silver Jewelry687 of 812Sterling Silver Necklace925 and 950 Pendents - Native or Mexican?
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Posted 5 years ago

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Hello To All,
I hope you're enjoying beautiful days wherever you are.
I found this on Friday. Just as I was leaving a shop I spied it in a case opposite the register. I was immensely intrigued by the owl on the crescent moon. What symbolism!( or is it only a decorative embellishment? ). I was able to find out the maker pretty easily, and think that the date may be 1867,( it's the n ), but what's up with the design? Beautiful yes, but it struck me as very unusual.
I hope that someone can tell me more about it,

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  1. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love Moonstonelover!
    Happy Sunday!
  2. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love mustangT!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Anchor = Birmingham. 1887? Which firm? Not sure?
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
    stunning!!!! love it Tony!!!
  5. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    very pretty piece -- will leave the interpretation to others -- enjoy your day
  6. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the looks, loves, and comments Kevin, Sean, and Epson!
    Kevin, I found a number of pieces to compare it to and thought it resembled the work of the Sydenham Brothers very closely. I'm sure you're correct about the date, the system for dating wasn't completely clear to me.
    Any thoughts about the Owl and Moon being centrally placed?, what it might mean?
    Thank You,
  7. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the looks & loves, nldionne, aGram, Kerry, & Manikin!
    Happy Sunday to you all!
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
    Your very welcome Tony!!!!
  9. inky inky, 5 years ago
    This is utterly utterly beautiful..I love it!...:-)
  10. too_much_stuff, 5 years ago
    here is my 2 cents on the Owl design.
    I think it is based on the popular book Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear.
    The book's last lines were:
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon,
    The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

    Wikipedia states:""The Owl and the Pussycat" is a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published during 1871 " Which would fit the Pendant's time frame.

    The Victorians were both very sentimental and also secretive. Public displays of a romantic intention were disguised in symbols. Another example would be the Language of Flowers, in which specific flowers conveyed emotions when given, that could only be understood if both giver and recipient understood the meaning.

    So to sum it up, I think a very long time ago a young man bought this pendent for his girl friend who happened to enjoy Edward Lear's book.

    Hope this helps
  11. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thank You Too_Much! I love the romantic connections and remember the Owl and the Pussycat from a treasured book of poems that I had when I was a child.
    Your 2 cents were worth a million to me,
    Thanks for your kindness,
    Best Regards, Tony.
  12. Militarist Militarist, 5 years ago
    British Order of the Owl ?
  13. Budek Budek, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the loves and comments, Inky, Loumanal, PDAM, Newtimes, Freiheit, Lisa, and Militarist,..........I'll look up the Order of the Owl, Thanks for the tip.
    Have a great week-end everyone!
  14. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago

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