Saturday, November 24, 2012

19th Century Bird Brooch

Here's a beautifully executed silver wash brooch of a pheasant. I purchased this several years ago at the Rhinebeck Antique Show, well known for its Hudson River Valley paintings. According to the dealer, it had been part of an estate of an established and wealthy nearby family. I suspect it might be European. The safety clasp on the back tells me that it was done by an accomplished jeweler. At some point, the hinge pin came off and was cleverly replaced with a regular straight pin. What a beautiful piece when displayed on a dark blazer or dress. Measurements are 1 1/2" x 2 1/4".

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