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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. The cameo is molded resin, not carved shell. The little squared off wings are usually associated with Psyche, although I'm not sure that was the idea here.
  2. From what I can see, the little stones are marcasites. The stamp is probably '800' for the fineness of the silver. Dates to 1940s/50s.
  3. The dark background layer says the source of the mother of pearl is not abalone. Possibly black lipped oyster. The cameo is from the 1950s/60s.
  4. Late to the party. The cameo is cut in tiger cowrie shell.
  5. If the clasp & hinge are original to it, puts it solidly into the 20th century.
  6. The scene is a famous one, 'The Seller of Cupids'. The original is a fresco at either Pompeii or Herculaneum, I forget which. The frame is unusual & attractive. I like it even if it is gilt brass...
  7. This is a rather free adaptation of the much copied painting by Correggio of Mary Magdalen Reading. https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/opere/mary-magdalene-reading/
  8. Perfect that your grandmother has the name of a Greek goddess. :)
  9. She is a dancer, based on one found in a fresco at Herculaneum. Wonderful piece to have with the family provenance. No niece to pass it on to? As much as I sometimes benefit when they come on the m...
  10. The cameo itself appears to be glass or ceramic. Be careful about getting it wet; it may be painted with water soluble pigments. The metal is probably brass, with glass cabochons meant to look like ...
  11. How are the cameos affixed in place? I have seen a salesman's box for Czech glass cameos, but it is what you would expect, with the same models in different colors & style numbers written next to the...
  12. Hello, Victoria. How lovely to have something with so much family & personal history connected with it. Since you wrote it as 'diamonds', I'm assuming you realize this is a beloved piece of costume ...
  13. I can see from the photos that it must be very pretty when worn, but they are not sharp enough or close enough to say much more. Walburn is correct that there are other floral cameos with exactly the...
  14. The cameo is plastic/resin, relatively common as a brooch. This is the first time I think I've seen it as a pendant watch.
  15. He really is a delightful piece. Thanks for all the love; it's nice to have in this strange time. It feels like the gods are messing with us here in 2020.
  16. https://www.antiquers.com/threads/please-help-object-identification.50884/#post-2309555
  17. What's disappointing is seeing a professional auctioneer handling a piece with this F/1882/St Petersburg tag assume it must be Russian & 19th century without taking other features into consideration.
  18. Last link above should work as https://www.antiquers.com/threads/numismatic-fraud-mystery.31383
  19. If anyone is reading this after all this time, thought I'd add the little I know, which is that this is a mass-produced resin item that has nothing to do with St. Petersburg & certainly not with Faber...
  20. Painting by Albani: Amorini celebrate the rape of Proserpina.
  21. Carved in helmet shell. Often given the title 'Sisters' but as far as I know imaginary figures. The fancy word for a composition like this with two overlapping profiles is 'jugate'. I would put it ...
  22. 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...
  23. Italian helmet shell cameo. Setting probably brass & era circa 1920s - 30s.
  24. 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.
  25. 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...
  26. Gudrun & all, This is of interest: http://www.ebay.com/itm/143435986443
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. Thank you for looking into her true nature & sharing what you learned with us. It helps to train the eye.
  30. Etsy seller's photos & description make it clear the label on the back actually says La' Gatierre, which is even more pseudo-French.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. When not hidden by the reflection of the potted plant, is there anything on the back?
  35. '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...
  36. 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...
  37. You are very welcome. Will add that while it may be vintage, it is not old enough to be antique.
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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
  43. It is a version of the painting by Raphael, Ezekiel's Vision. http://totallyhistory.com/ezekiels-vision/
  44. I should add, her sister Polyhymnia is the Muse of Sacred Music, traditionally shown veiled, pensive, & not carrying anything.
  45. The first figure is a bacchante/maenad carrying a fennel stalk thyrsus & a tambourine. Her companion is Clio, Muse of History.
  46. 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.
  47. 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: ...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
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