A striking antique lizard brooch from the late Victorian era, circa 1900 or so! The 935 silver brooch possibly originates from Germany, and features bright green and clear foil-back paste stones encrusted along the top of lizards body.
The lizard is supremely detailed, including webbed feet, partially open mouth, a forked tongue, long curved tail, and pink stones depicting its eyes. Adding further charm is the etched pattern along the sides of head, tail, and feet - the pattern depicting the texture of scales of a real life lizard! The lizard, otherwise known as salamander, looks incredibly 'lifelike' with its sinuous curves, three dimension profile ... right down to the tail end where there is a grooved pattern!
The underside of the brooch reveals a sturdy pin with 'C' clasp, allowing brooch to be fastened to a favourite garment. The brooch is stamped "935" in the concave underside, along with another stamp - possibly makers mark - albeit difficult to decipher. The good-sized brooch measures 6cm (2/30" inch) long.
A wonderful and very impressive piece, it would make a dazzling addition to any collar, and collection!