Here we have a beautifully handmade Arts & Crafts (1893-1924) brooch. The artistic reticulated leaves are made of a delicately thin metal, perhaps silver-plate. Brooches during this era were often formed using very thin metal as heavy brooches caused damage to delicate fabrics and tended to sag on the material. Unfortunately, thin metal often became dented or broken and few survived in very good condition. Behold one that did and there is not one dent on it.
Sitting atop the center of the leaves is a faux?mabe peacock pearl. Now, identifying pearls is not my area of expertise, so this beauty may be cultured or simulated. Whichever, it is lovely indeed.
Moving outward to each leaf tip you will find subtle, whispy designs that are such a pleasant surprise as they are unnoticed at first. It is these whisps and the flower stem that attach themselves to the chainmaille frame which has a woven feel to it - Such a nice touch. The entire piece has an open, airy and natural feel.
Turn to the backside and you'll find an old lever catch in superb condition. Some of the black oxidized detailing has come off, but it does not detract from the beauty and you will find this piece in phenominal condition for a pin this old.
As I hold this this object of beauty and age, I wonder about the first woman who owned it and what her life was like. I feel such reverence for the piece and give it a bold HURRAH! for having survived so long, virtually unscathed by time. Ah, if we could all fare so well! This must have been tucked away and hidden from the elements to be in such excellent shape...Truly an exciting find!
*Typical age-wear. It is VERY RARE for vintage/antique jewelry to entirely escape the tolls of time. :(
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