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I especially love cameos with mythological themes & enjoy trying to identify them.
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So cool to hear from someone who was involved with Incolay in its earlier period. Thanks for weighing in. I have bought another Incolay box since this thread started. Smaller than the one describ...
Italian helmet shell cameo. Setting probably brass & era circa 1920s - 30s.
An imperfect mark for 800 silver, suggesting it was set in Italy, where the helmet shell cameo was made. Late 40s - 50s, most likely. GIs brought home a lot of souvenirs.
Helmet shell carved cameo from Italy set elsewhere sometime well into the 20th century, going by hinge & safety clasp. Ceres type: https://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/olympian-gods/ceres-d...
Gudrun & all, This is of interest: http://www.ebay.com/itm/143435986443
Hi Gudrun. I have seen her many times so definitely a mass produced item. She often turns up in 'lava glass' & sometimes gets mistaken for the real thing. I have never handled one, so don't know if...
The artificial materials suitable for making molded cameos that were available prior to WWII, as far as I know, were not this sophisticated. Gutta percha, Vulcanite & similar that made reasonable fac...
Thank you for looking into her true nature & sharing what you learned with us. It helps to train the eye.
Etsy seller's photos & description make it clear the label on the back actually says La' Gatierre, which is even more pseudo-French.
Give me strength. I do hope no one falls for that description. As with Incolay, I believe pieces from this mystery source have their own interest & value. Have never seen any one of the pieces I ...
It is unfortunate that photos cannot be added in replies, which would make it easier to support my line of thinking. Over time I have come to believe there was a single maker of cameos like the 'La G...
Blue (dyed) agate is a fairly new material for making ultrasonically cut cameos. I think your understanding of the nature of this one is pretty much correct. Figure has a 1950s look to her (how came...
When not hidden by the reflection of the potted plant, is there anything on the back?
'but they may still be making them the same now,' They are. Without seeing the one you used for comparison, I can't know what my assessment would be. Seller descriptions are not always correct, a...
I now have a new link for the SKD's site, which I added to the main description. Here it is as a hyperlink: https://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/Details/Index/219599 A better bit of news fr...
You are very welcome. Will add that while it may be vintage, it is not old enough to be antique.
Hello, Bill. No reason to think it is not 'lava', a generic term which in this case means solidified volcanic ash, as most lava cameos are. The only 'clay' cameos I see are pottery by Wedgwood & oth...
Hi Ms. Crystal - I don't check here regularly either, & e-mail where notifications come in gets cluttered with messages that do not require reading, so the occasional useful one can get lost. Faun wa...
I check in from time to time, but mainly the cameo board. Just came across an e-mail notice that you had posted recently here. Earring or necklace, either way, would have been meant to be used as a ...
The material is helmet shell. The figure is not anyone you can put a name to. She is a pretty lady in a style that was popular in the 20s & 30s. The lady is under the influence of art nouveau; the ...
He looks rather like Vaslav Nijinsky in Afternoon of a Faun: https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/05/29/3202983_custom-5c710a32bd1d88b49118c1a7cbe9ff99f3eee05a-s800-c85.jpg
It is a version of the painting by Raphael, Ezekiel's Vision. http://totallyhistory.com/ezekiels-vision/
I should add, her sister Polyhymnia is the Muse of Sacred Music, traditionally shown veiled, pensive, & not carrying anything.
The first figure is a bacchante/maenad carrying a fennel stalk thyrsus & a tambourine. Her companion is Clio, Muse of History.
This is 'Mexican onyx', a calcium based stone related to marble & alabaster & unrelated to true onyx, a form of chalcedony, which is a form of quartz & silicon based. The banding causes the confusion.
Just passing through, so missed the party, but I would consider tourmaline for the stone. Some green tourmalines are 'chrome tourmalines'; these look deep red under UV light. From a gemstone site: ...
Hi, Ms.CrystalShip - If we're talking about the round one described as Creepy Devil Cameo Brooch, Devil with Woman And Child in the Garden, Silver and Celluloid Cameo Pin, it is a contemporary mass pr...
A helmet shell cameo, cut in Italy, set elsewhere. The addition of the necklace that makes her en habille was also done after she left the cutters hands. I agree that there have been no alteration...
Helmet shell cameo, cut in Italy, set elsewhere, probably 1890 - 1910. The lady is neither mythological nor Biblical, so either taken from other literary source or a work of imagination. I'm incline...
It is an earlier 'resin' (generic term for what are basically plastics) cameo, probably 1950- 65. The ones being made now are frighteningly realistic in coloring.
A lovely 20th century Flora. There is too much glare in the photo for us to read the signature. What do you make of it?
The central coin is copied from one of the ones struck at Syracuse with the head of the nymph Arethusa. Maybe like this one: https://www.vcoins.com/fr/stores/apollo_numismatics/12/product/sicily_s...
I always see Lea Stein cats. I can't recall seeing a piece like this before, attributed to anyone. In the way of the universe, just in the past day read that Lea Stein used Celluloid, & this certa...
These resin cameos of Diana hunting with her hound are still being made in various colors & tend to be set in vintage looking mounts, more often now as pendants, since brooches are out of fashion. ...
See I gave you my thoughts/observations a while back, including the ID of this guy as Homer, although could not see the Pichler signature then. Reviewing, mcheconi gave excellent guidance. I still a...
Czechoslovakia was a major supplier of glass cameos for use as jewelry elements. A cameo that itself is wearing jewelry or other personal adornment is said to be 'en habille' (an accent on that las...
The subject is the poet Homer. This particular one was taken from a cast of the intaglio by Giovanni Pichler. https://stock.adobe.com/images/homer-engraved-gem-by-giovanni-pichler-from-meyers-lexik...
The link to the SKD seems to be no longer functional. Schwartzeburger's statuette of the Emperor Domitian can be seen here: http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2016/02/14/33371716.html
'Do you have any suggestions on how we can stop peeps from coming here, just getting a value, or lots of information that they can use in their listing.' It seems to me the main point of Collectors...
If you use eBay's advanced search so you can select for sold listings & put in this number 233113943381 you will see what happened to a cameo similar to yours.
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Thank you, kyratango, for the chorus of praise. :)
Thank you, valentino97. :)
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...
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...
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