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Greetings! Parrotbeak is a Dutchie who enjoys visiting thrift stores and flea markets to better her collection of jewelry and other small-ish ornamental objects. ButGreetings! Parrotbeak is a Dutchie who enjoys visiting thrift stores and flea markets to better her collection of jewelry and other small-ish ornamental objects. But more than collecting she enjoys reading and sharing the history and stories behind the items, hence this account. And so, hey, if ever you see her make a mistake in one of her posts, don't hesitate to correct her. (Read more)

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Golden heart necklace - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Wavy silver collar necklace - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Tin and moonglow lucite bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Pile of silver bangles - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Banded agate chain necklace - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Black and gold Langani brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Silver and gold pendants marked <3TK - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Auerhahn medicine spoon - Silverin Silver
Silver (tone) braid pendant - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Gold honeycomb bracelet - Goldin Gold

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  1. The second line's got to be EPNS; electroplated nickel silver. That means the core metal is an alloy of copper with nickel and possibly zinc, which is then silver plated.
  2. *Shuowen. Macron-ized vowels get turned into "?"s too, apparently.
  3. Old post, but I've not worked with this script before so I was interested to try. This is Chinese, written in the Shu?wén or small seal script. There's wikipedia articles for it, so I'll leave the det...
  4. I've added a photo of the inside of the bangle. It's not as informative as I'd like (the larger mark to the left doesn't look raised while it is and it looks like there's a gap there while there isn't...
  5. Thanks a bunch! I've not seen such a necklace before and had no point of reference. It's also not like any of my other Mexican jewelry, or like any of my other chain-type necklaces. There's an eleganc...
  6. That mark is the crest of the Shimazu, the family that ruled the Satsuma domain until 1947 when the aristocratic system was abolished. On earthenware, that crest is a sort of seal of quality. It is wo...
  7. Alright, what I've found is this: This item is most likely from the 20th Century. It could be older, but the chances are much lower for that and I don't have the knowledge to tell either way. The m...
  8. From the photos, I wouldn't think that's MOP. Perhaps the creamy color is due to the light, but could this be something else, like (not elephant) ivory or plastic imitating ivory? It looks like there ...
  9. You hold it up correctly in the second photo and not in the third. As I recently found out, I can't post Chinese characters on here (they'll be turned into "?"s), so I'll use Jisho as an in-between: ...
  10. I hope I don't bring bad news, but this is a modern piece - you can tell by the thick lines on the back. Machine-made and roughly so. The color, "antiqued copper", is also a giveaway that this is mode...
  11. I don't think that's jade. It looks like banded agate to me. Likely vintage - many modern ones are dyed/treated for colors and color divisions that don't occur naturally. Opaque ones are also, in my e...
  12. Thanks for the loves, everyone! Keramikos: Always happy to shine a light on lesser known "gemstones". Hunter: I'd def never be able to afford this kind of jewelry at market value. The necklace i...
  13. Thank you for the compliment. You have a stunning trio of bracelets yourself, especially the one with the playful grape decoration. And I agree mine and yours look similar. I'm surprised to learn that...
  14. I've never seen this particular mark design, but maybe it's Bræmer-Jensen? That mark tends to consist of "BRJ" and little as I know of the brand, 585 seems like a regular purity.
  15. Thanks, fhrjr and kermaikos, for your knowledge and research - it was informative to read. My condolences in regards to your wife, fhrjr2. As for the spoon's material, what I can gather is that ...
  16. I love this kind of brooches! Lucky you for finding a fairy tale (The Scarlet Flower?) one too - I'm still waiting for the day I come across one of those. And that top left one is unusually bold and p...
  17. I'm disproportionally amused by that one stone poking through the back. This is not too old a brooch, so my guess continues to be art deco revival (70s-80s). I could find an Art Deco 89 brooch expl...
  18. Okay, didn't expect them to be turned into question marks. So, wiktionary links it is: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%AF%BF - longevity https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E7%A5%BF - prosperity h...
  19. I don't know if this was ever solved, but in case not, while I can't read Chinese, I do have some knowledge to "handle" these characters. And from what I can tell, they read ? "longevity", ? "prosperi...
  20. I'd say it's bone on account of how blackened it is (Haversian system) and uneven its surface. I fear that what you know is all there is to know (unless there's a mark or inscription anywhere?). Ba...
  21. My thoughts too went to art deco hood ornaments, like Lalique's iconic screaming face and similar pieces like the nymph's head. At a guess I'd say this is art deco revival (70s-80s), but I'd like to s...
  22. Only times I've seen a piece like that here in NL 'twas in a museum. A truly amazing find, congrats!
  23. I hadn't thought about being more specific about the shades of green, but "mint green" and "sea green" seem accurate descriptions. Thanks for the input.
  24. @Valentino97: I'd be so amused if it turned out to be that. Still no luck finding anything alike, but I'm keeping that option in mind. Thanks.
  25. That was my conclusion to at first - or rather I thought the mucky purple was plastic! But it isn't. Nor is it, in my opinion, metallic. There's about three spots that are paint-like; smooth, slight d...
  26. Toy Things is also known as Toys 'n Things, which among collectors gets shortened to TNT. There's a teensy bit discussed on GotD: https://ghostofthedoll.co.uk/Forum/index.php?topic=193.0 . Apparently,...
  27. 70s', huh? Cool! And thanks!
  28. You might be interested in this upload by Agram.m and the commentary by kyratango: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/265357-19s-enameled-filigree-vermeil-brooch-wit
  29. Not an expert, but that middle cabochon looks like Bresse enamel to me.
  30. Heh, yeah, that "what else could it be" is a +1 in favor of it being a bracelet. Without a locking mechanism and with those dimensions, I can't think of what else it could be for. But I have never see...
  31. If you're looking to know when this was made, I'd guess this to be a 1950s/60s piece. Does the mark on the hook have a copyright symbol? Because that would put it after 1955.
  32. Those are cloisonne (enamel on brass) birds from China. The hole, I believe, is a result of the production process. I've seen these kinds of items listed in the 1930s-1970s age range, but I can't veri...
  33. Lovely lot! The flower brooch, the double-circle brooch, and the copper bracelet in particular. Any chance that flower could be an Elzac? It'd at least have to be from a contemporary.
  34. I didn't occur to me that the bird was a seagull and/or that there was a marine theme to these two and now I feel silly. Thanks for pointing it out! And also thanks for all the kind comments.
  35. @Ms.CrystalShip: Thanks! I'd never seen anything like this before either and, truth be told, when I bought them I thought they were plastic. I was floored to learn they were glass when I got home. Def...
  36. The OP may not be active anymore, but to anyone else: This is a (piece of a) 1970s necklace from Greece made by a collective of jewelers to be sold to the hippie tourists: https://www.etsy.com/nl/shop...
  37. @billretirecoll & keramikos: Thank you very much for the information! I didn't imagine it to be that old. Vintage, sure, but I'm surprised it's antique. I was hoping to take a few more photos for u...
  38. I've recently purchased an item just like this one. If anyone knows what it is, I'd be interested to know.
  39. On Chaumet: "The history of Chaumet has been entwined with the History of France ever since its founding in 1780, in Paris. Indeed, the Maison very quickly became the official jeweller to Empress J...
  40. That's likely opal glass (alternatively milk glass or opalite, but those names are a little less specific). Very pretty brooch, very well made. I tend to be picky about damaged jewelry, but I'd hav...
  41. Did a bit of looking around. While it is an unusual way to connect a stone to a ring, it is reasonably common on scarab rings (although all examples I can find are spinner rings, which this ring is no...
  42. Is this it?: http://www.bexfield.co.uk/12/n017.htm . Because if so, that's an orange peeler.
  43. Apologies, I'm only just now noticing there's a second mark above "925 ALE". Pandora only started in the early 1980s, but the ALE mark was already in use since the 1950s (Algot Enevoldsen is the fathe...
  44. ALE stands for Algot Enevoldsen and is the usual mark found on Pandora jewelry. Having said that, there's a lot (a lot!) of fake Pandora jewelry in existence, and I wouldn't be able to tell you whethe...
  45. I'd need a photo with the stone centered to make out anything proper, but from this angle it looks like it could be carved like a scarab? That could point at Egyptian Revival, but again, it's difficul...
  46. I think this is bone and not ivory. I don't see schreger lines, but I do see, especially in the third pic, what I assume to be blackened haversian canals. Brass & bone also would be more likely a comb...
  47. I'm thinking lapis lazuli, turquoise, onyx, malachite, carnelian, turquoise, onyx. But the first also could be sodalite instead of lapis (sodalite tends to be not as intensely blue) and the turquoise...
  48. Quite sure that's a ring. Look up "dangle charm ring" or something to that effect and you should find similar models. Tthis is a modern piece, but very pretty!
  49. Count me as one more fan of the seahorse brooch! The Heidi daus watch set also is very beautiful.
  50. Thanks for the comments and the love! Quite a few of my "how did the seller miss this?" stories involve modernist pieces, so it's nice to see the appreciation for one around here. @Broochman: I've ...
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