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I especially love cameos with mythological themes & enjoy trying to identify them.

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Grape Cluster Clip, New England Glass Works Co. - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Deco Bracelet, Part II - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Art Deco Bracelet, Brass, Glass & Enamel, Part I - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Orfaley Cowrie Shell & Silver Turtle Brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Deco Pan, French Silver, with Black & Colorless Paste Decoration - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Korean Fly with Translucent Wings - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Enameled Bee Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Stratnoid 30s Dancing Couple Compact - Accessoriesin Accessories
Incolay Centaur Belt Buckle - Mens Clothingin Mens Clothing
Francescangeli Hardstone Cameo - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry

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  1. Golgotha has indeed nailed it. If you don't know the story, Venus is furious that her son Cupid has fallen for, not just a mortal woman, but one whose beauty the people had begun to say rivaled the g...
  2. Hello, Adele. Was hoping that after thinking it over for a couple of days I would have something more definitive to say. The mount seems a little earlier to me than the cameo itself, although I see ...
  3. These glass cameos began to be made after WWII in what was then West Germany & there is no reason to believe the design has gone out of production. You will find this lady in every color, cameo & int...
  4. Hello, Sarahjane. Your jeweller did a nice job. So great that you now can, & will, wear this lovely keepsake. The cameo is cut in helmet shell. These pretty ladies adorned with flowers are an ar...
  5. I agree with everything said: she's lovely; restoration would be very difficult to do properly, even if you could find someone willing to take it on; outcome cannot be guaranteed. An obvious repair w...
  6. You are very welcome. I am always happy to promote an appreciation of cameos. While it is not the one with the most monetary value, the one I find the most interesting because the least common is th...
  7. The cameo of the Three Graces is an artificial man made material: https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/minor-gods/three-graces The next two are conch shell. Limoges porcelain. Two that ar...
  8. Thank you, kyratango, for the chorus of praise. :)
  9. Thank you, valentino97. :)
  10. She is cut in helmet shell. 'Flora' was a common subject on Victorian cameos, a woman dripping in flowers. In the early 20th century she morphed into what I think of as 'corsage ladies', pretty wome...
  11. Beautiful, utterly charming. Have seen many with a single cherub; two nestling winged shoulder to winged shoulder is very unusual. The piece is conch shell, not angel skin coral. The confusion is w...
  12. For the reference of others who may look at this long after it was posted, as I am doing, the gentleman is Saturn. The narrow oval does not leave much space for it, but you can just see part of the b...
  13. The cameo is cut in mother of pearl. I'd guess 1940s/50s. Best guess on the unusual setting is that it is Italian. The BA standing for the province of Bari; 800 the fineness of the silver. Sterlin...
  14. See also: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/654229 http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/record/969D27B8-5C0C-4565-A00C-2A2C2A7B8108
  15. Not sure this will open properly. If not, should be easy to search. Wedgwood, Peace preventing Mars from opening the gates of Janus. http://www.tg-m.ru/img/mag/2016/2/art_51_08_27.jpg
  16. Just to pile on a bit more: https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/historical/beatrice-cenci
  17. It is nice to find a fellow admirer of classic Incolay, although I do not admire it as much as the seller who a bit back offered one of their soap dishes as a marvelous example of glyptic art for just...
  18. Chalcedony, the form of quartz that is the basic mineral of the hardstones - agate & jasper - does not occur in nature in black. This stone would be considered sardonyx: dark brown, sard, background ...
  19. To make it easy for others, the gents: https://www.pinterest.com/cameotimescom/cameo-portraits-of-victorian-gentlemen/ and the ladies: https://www.pinterest.com/cameotimescom/cameo-portraits-...
  20. I maintain a Pinterest board for cameo portraits of men (& another for women, who are much rarer). Would it be OK if I added Ellis to it? It would have a link to this page.
  21. I know it can make a person crazy. Sometimes I take many photos, holding the cameo to the light at different angles, and hope at least one will pick up what my eye can see. There is also the trick o...
  22. An excellent portrait piece. And so nice to have the original box and identity of the sitter. I am probably not the only one here who would enjoy the challenge of trying to work out the signature,...
  23. Thank you, vetraio50. Sometimes the brain cells fire in a useful way!
  24. Possibly it is not signed but rather labeled: G(uglielmo) Tell?
  25. They seem so alive to me. I can hear Cupid fussing.
  26. Thanks! The old guy gets me every time.
  27. Thank you Passion. It is quite a piece. I usually say settings are something I buy just to get cameos, but this one certainly competes for attention. When I posted this I had not seen another cam...
  28. Sounds as though your jeweler was afraid you would wear it & lose it and thought you would like to have it made safer ti wear. I wear cameo pendants & use one brooch with a vertically mounted pin to ...
  29. If you do a search for 'roman cameo gorgoneion' or 'roman cameo medusa' you will find many examples of the sort of thing your pin is modeled after. Quite possible it was a souvenir of any museum that...
  30. There's a glitch in the CameoTimes registration system that seems out of our control to fix, but info still comes through where it needs to. If you check the e-mail you used to register, you'll find ...
  31. Definitely an unusual pairing. When the two figures are one over the other this way, it is said to be a 'jugate' composition. The highly skilled carver of this piece was no doubt influenced by the f...
  32. The wolf suckling the children is a reference to the founding of Rome; the children are Romulus & Remus. When this otherwise Minerva looking figure has this motif on her helmet, she is often then see...
  33. The other cameo is a bust of the Archangel Gabriel.
  34. You are most welcome. And now I know what an SME is, so we both learned. :)
  35. I have no idea what an SME is, so don't know if I am one, but can tell you a little. It's a very unusual setting. The cameo itself is coral. The photos do not show enough detail to tell if she is j...
  36. It is the poet Byron: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp00691/george-gordon-byron-6th-baron-byron Setting for stone, but not necessarily the pin, is probably low karat gold. I ...
  37. A clever solution to a real & present danger! I have some in my collection that came with the clutch for a stickpin on the pin stem. Glad to hear you wear your piece. High time cameos came back in ...
  38. Definitely coral. The striations are little channels that allow water with nutrients to reach the interior of the colony. :)
  39. Italian, helmet shell, Nike/Victoria: https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/minor-gods/nike-victoria Although the hinge & clasp with long pin stem are of an older type, the way it is held ...
  40. Glad you are giving it a second lease on life. It has seen some hard knocks. Helmet shell cameo of the woman in a country lane genre, but more realistic than most. She may be meant to be visiting a...
  41. It's a 1930s style. Would that be consistent with your grandmother's time? She may have acquired it as quite a young woman.
  42. It was not signed by Giovaani Noto himself. The name is scratched in so badly, have to wonder if it was even put there by the very skilled person who cut the cameo. Midway through his life Noto took...
  43. The Apollo Belvedere.
  44. Think you are correct about both being cobbled together by a DIYer. This appears always to have been a brooch, but looks to me like a similar one-piece pinback assembly came off & has been replaced. ...
  45. If you search on line for cameos of Bacchus, Dionysus, or bacchante, you will see many with a similar theme. It is a molded piece, not hand carved, but very compelling.
  46. As long as they'r not the type of person who would look a gift horse in the mouth! :)
  47. Efesgirl gave you correct information about the cameo. It is a very commonly reproduced image in cast resin. The pin is not a hat pin in the sense that it was never made to keep a hat from sliding o...
  48. You are most welcome. Sorry for not replying sooner. Am just realizing that I am not getting notifications from CW, even though requested. :)
  49. From the way the stones are set, I would say the necklace was made in India. So many things can be done to change the appearance of topaz, it's possible that's what they are, treated in some process....
  50. Ring goes so very well with the earrings, which you say are unmarked. Is the ring marked? How do you know it is Mexican? Lots of inlay work of this type being made by Native American jewelers, part...
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