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

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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
Good Ol' Buckle - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Venus & Cupid - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Triumph of Wine - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Luigi Rosi Maenad & Putto - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry

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  1. I agree, the mark looks like the one used by the Laahtes. Think you can mark this mystery solved. If, as it says at the link you provided, the sunface is a favorite motif of their work, not surprisi...
  2. I don't know whether the artist assigned this figure a particular identity. Wedgwood does not seem to have an official Flora, nor a Spring/Springtime, & their Aurora is the one in a chariot, not a fl...
  3. You can't do much cameo sleuthing without learning something about Josiah Wedgwood's work. Early on, before they became competitors, Wedgwood bought designs from James Tassie, who made & sold impress...
  4. Possibly tourmaline? If color on my monitor is faithful, does not look like peridot/olivine, although these are possibilities if color is more of a yellow-green than I am seeing.
  5. There does not appear to be a Sainte Muguette, so presumably this is the Virgin. Given the decidedly female name of the former owner, more likely the medallion is French, a birthday gift, perhaps.
  6. Labradorite?
  7. BTW, if it were gold plated silver, it would be marked for the silver content. Egypt does not really mark for gold plate.
  8. Nefertiti is marked as 18K, probably assayed in the Cairo office. :)
  9. The 'daisies' & the mark as well are all sunfaces & really go the other way up. The 'cross' of the mark is made by the stylized rays of the sun. The sunface is an important image for all the native ...
  10. One of the several hallmarks surely indicates the year the ring was made. An exploration of English date letters may be fruitful. Although antique in style, my sense is that it is more contemporary ...
  11. Think yours is very similar to this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/322055210204 Her unbound hair, thrown back head & tiptoe posture suggest she is a bacchante/maenad, in the throes of Dionysian ec...
  12. Yep, Her Crystalship is definitely becoming a cameo convert. This one is indeed a jewel, in every sense. It is the most opulently set of any I own, yet still perfectly wearable. The rest of the tim...
  13. Think we are drawing Ms.C. into the cameo fanatic's world. :)
  14. We are quite a rowdy household. If this will open for you, you can see some of the other inmates here: https://i.pinimg.com/236x/d6/fa/b3/d6fab35e089af0c355ae982675428bea.jpg Hitting the plus sig...
  15. My first thought had been scales, but...? He is wearing the crown of Upper Egypt. Occurs to me that he may be standing on the boat that takes souls to the afterlife. I'm reaching, but see, e.g.: h...
  16. Thank you, MsCrystal - he is indeed an imp. You can see some of the company he keeps here: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/227192-triumph-of-wine?in=696
  17. Size & style suggest a sash pin, I think.
  18. Phil is correct that the piece would have little monetary value. Nonetheless, it has interest in its own right. The image of a pharaoh fighting from a chariot drawn by caparisoned war horses is a po...
  19. Love the ramekin. Think the word you need to describe it is 'reticulated'. It works quite well as a frame for the cameo, which is probably from the 1930s.
  20. Not an anvil. Did my utmost with my best photo, oriented with the star on top. Below the star is something with 3 distinct rays, points or knobs, attached to something that is just a blob to me. I ...
  21. The marks are unbelievably small. My camera does supermacro, but my skills & lighting resources are very limited. Do have a photo editing program that let me see both marks better than with eye & l...
  22. And I was just writing another message that would have been out of synch again. Have made major revisions to whole listing, all your fault, all your credit. :)
  23. You are such a presence on CW, they might accept the suggestion, if it came from you. :)
  24. Strike that - rotated the best photo I could get - boar's head. Makes much more sense. What grade of silver does it indicate?
  25. The title reflects my ignorance. I spotted those 2 small depressions, praying for French marks. They are so tiny, could not get good resolution under 10x magnification, decided, in disappointment, t...
  26. Oops - see you pointed out the open backs on the triangles. :)
  27. So glad you have imposed rigor into this investigation by examining him much more carefully than I had. In doing my best with less than perfect eyes, going over him with a loupe & comparing the brooc...
  28. Tango, tango! Thank you - you are absolutely right. Think I never looked with a loupe; silver beneath the stones has darkened, making them look silver-grey; eyes not the best; marcasites so common i...
  29. Appears to be what Wiki calls a 'pinhole gnomon', no additional parts needed. Question is, how does '48 degrees' help a user to orient it to get the correct time of day?
  30. Thanks for all the love. Does anyone else think CW should make 'entomological jewelry' its own category?
  31. Thanks to all who love this little critter. :)
  32. Thanks to Caper, Celi & Pease for the love. It's what the world needs now...
  33. That even sounds nice backwards - thanks!
  34. Thank you, PCC, & everyone who has loved him so far.
  35. Then I'll take a bow before I take a powder! Thank you. :)
  36. It has been a very long time since piano keys were made of genuine ivory. The grain on the one in the link does not look like any natural ivory I have seen. The 'grain' your closeup shows is also no...
  37. Thanks racer & FS. It occurred to me last night that since it is marked simply 'Korea', it may not be, as the etsy listing described that one, from the 70s, but from before the Korean War & partition...
  38. Thanks, you devil, you. And thanks FS for the additional info. Does anyone know how these would have been worn, where on the garment. Collar? In a swarm on the bosom?
  39. Thanks - me too. You can almost hear it. :)
  40. Wow, you two are fast off the mark! Thanks for the love. Put them up specially for you, kyratango. :)
  41. If you can't have this one... http://labellush.com/fine-18k-gold-sea-urchin-brooch-with-diamond-accent.html
  42. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
  43. Another of these was sold on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/504607976/vintage-enamel-fly-pin-korean-insect
  44. What is the diameter of this? Think I can only raise questions, not answer them, although agree the lady has the character of art nouveau. When you say it is hard to see the wavy grain, do you mea...
  45. The rug or piece of furniture glimpsed at 5 o'clock is also foil backed. A still photo does not fully capture the way this glints & gleams as the angle of light changes Thanks all who also love it...
  46. I can't weigh in on the marks, but love your husband's grandmother for having this beautiful & amusing brooch of a European porcupine. Maybe this link also gives a clue to country of origin? http:...
  47. Thank you, Tassie ma'am!
  48. I haven't, but was just thinking as I had it in my hand - it is palm size - that since it takes loose powder & it's no problem finding an applicator that would fit, it really would be fun to say, I'll...
  49. Thanks to all who have given her their love.
  50. Thanks for the love, Lisa!
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