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Moving on the the early 1800's, examples wanted, Dawn? Caitlin?

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  • #16
    Glad you enjoyed them...

    Very interesting look at the back of the brooch. I love seeing how everything is put together. What is it strung on? It looks like some sort of nylon, so I am assuming it was restrung recently.
    The back is messy, I think it's been repaired.....there's an awful lot of glue in there too!! I just googled 'catgut''s quite a process...and animal lovers, rest easy...there don't seem to be any cats involved!

    The flower rings all have apertures at the back for a locket, which sadly are missing in all three :-(


    • #17
      Catgut never even crossed my mind but it makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
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      • #18
        Hi Helen, lovely examples, thanks so much.

        1) The necklace is interesting and I'd say late Georgian / Regency. Are they diamonds or pastes?

        2) I'd say the brooch is same period. It would've originally been threaded with horse hair and looks like someone has replaced the horse hair with fishing line nylon. It looks like pearls are all there, and of course looks good from the front just as it is. It would be a labour of love to remove the glue and re-do it a bit more sympathetically - a project for a week of winter's evenings with strong magnifying glasses required.

        3) And a great group of rings too!
        New Zealand


        • #19
          A Georgian Love Token 18k Gold, Pearl and Turquoise Locket and Chain

          When the recent article on Romantic Era pearl jewelry went live I was still looking for that "killer piece" featuring pearls to illustrate the period.

          It's strange how wishful thinking sometimes bears fruit, because the following week I found the perfect piece.

          Once a year the Vintage Textile Fair comes to town. It's a one day celebration of costume and accessories, with stall holders and attendees dressed up from Little Bo-Peep to Art Deco vamps.

          A few dealers come out of retirement just for this show and sell some treasured items to pay the bills for another year. One of these vintage dealers sold me this necklace from her personal collection.

          I knew it was good when I saw it, and moved fast to close the deal before someone else swooped from the feeding frenzy around her stall. What I didn't realize was how good it really was.

          Later in the caf? I looked at it under a loupe, and saw the Georgian hallmarks hiding among the rich repousee decoration.

          Genuine English Georgian period (1714 to 1830) jewelry is RARE. A locket and chain like this could only be owned by a wealthy family. In late 1700's England there were only about 40,000 families (about 3% of the population ) earning more than ₤200 per annum. So the number of their jewelry items that survive 200 years later is relatively small.

          We'll update the 1800-1850 Romantic Era article to include this locket, and decipher the symbolism of its lovers' message in the next couple of days, check it out here.

          Until then if anyone wants to try and work out the symbolism, I welcome suggestions.

          Last edited by kiwipaul; 09-03-2014, 06:16 AM.
          New Zealand


          • #20
            Great Paul, I look forward to getting your update!