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Antique Arts & Crafts c1900 Gilt Metal Mother of Pearl Shell Brooch

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A striking antique mother of pearl shell brooch from the Art and Crafts era, c1900! The lovely brooch is hand wrought and is made of a combination of mixed yellow - rose hued metals. The eye is drawn to the lustrous mother of pearl shell at the centre. A hollowed cabochon and classic oval-shaped pie ...Read more
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A striking antique mother of pearl shell brooch from the Art and Crafts era, c1900! The lovely brooch is hand wrought and is made of a combination of mixed yellow - rose hued metals. The eye is drawn to the lustrous mother of pearl shell at the centre. A hollowed cabochon and classic oval-shaped piece of luminous white shell displaying hints of rose, blue and silver which roll across the surface when viewed in daylight! The mother of pearl shell rests in a collet setting and is surrounded by two rows of undulated lines of wire with four large granules placed at each interval. The elegant sinuous design and cabochon MOP all characteristic traits of the wonderful Arts & Crafts era! An older style pin and 'c' catch attaches to the back, as well as a loop which a safety chain connects to (for added security whilst wearing). Of course, the safety chain could easily be replaced by a jump ring and be converted into a pendant... if that is more your style! No stamps are sighted to the piece, albeit has been tested. The piece has had a light buff and beams with a subtle surface gleam along with darkened patina tinges … adding nice antiquity character!

A beautiful Art and Crafts antique brooch. Perfect for any pearl lover!

Late Victorian - early Edwardian, c1900
Mixed metals - yellow to slight rose colour
Mother of pearl shell of approx 31mm x 22mm
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8.08 grams
Mother of pearl shell of approx 4.20cm x 3.20cm
The overall condition of the brooch is very good. Besides surface wear, there is no dents or notable damage to the piece, albeit there's a tiny edge nick to the shell (possibly there from day dot). A wonderful antique brooch!

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