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SIAM Sterling Silver Vintage Mekkalah Goddess Folk Art Brooch (pre 1948) - Folklore story of Thunder and Lightning

15% Off, REDUCED from £30 to £25

This rare, unusually shaped and beautifully pattern etched white enamel and Sterling Silver niello work brooch was crafted in Siam, now Thailand. and tells the folklore story of how thunder and lightning were created. It was made pre 1948 as Siam finally became Thailand in 1948.

It depicts Mekkalah (Make-hala) the Goddess of Lightning, from Asian folklore, holding her magic crystal with intricate patterning around the brooch edges and over all the silverwork. This fine silver etching of Mekkalah and scroll detailing is absolutely beautiful, especially set against the glossy white enamel. I have used a jeweller's polishing cloth to put the shine back into this silver brooch, now beautifully bright.

This Siam brooch is more special than most. Strictly speaking it is not niello work as this brooch is infilled with a rare white enamel, not more common black niello, and its beautiful fine silver etching of hundreds of miniature dots over all the silver scrollwork patterning demonstrates a much higher level of artisan craftsmanship than most niello work brooches.

The brooch is stamped SIAM SILVER on the back. Please view my photos and use the lens option to see the brooch's fine detail.

****This beautifully intricate and unusual brooch is sure to get noticed and when it does you'll be able to share the story (described below) of how it was hand crafted and the folklore story behind it. It is absolutely stunning!

SIZE
5- 6cm across

CONDITION
Excellent vintage condition, no damage to silver or enamel. I have used a jeweller's silver polishing cloth to restore the silver brooch and it now shines beautifully bright and even, not fully shown by my photos. Brooch back - The silver around the clasp attachment points is duller but otherwise very shiny back surface. Pin in excellent working order with rollover locking clasp. ****Please see my photos.

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SHIPPING
1 Business day
**This brooch comes in a pretty drawstring ivory ORGANZA GIFT BAG (see Picture 5) and will be wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap. Please see my Shipping Policies and other policies before purchasing. If you have any further questions please ask.

MAKING NIELLO JEWELLERY
To make niello jewellery, a highly trained artisan carved out the silver metal brooch ensuring a raised border and raised character, picture and pattern. The 'hollows' were then filled with black niello compound (a metal compound) and it was fired and buffed. Final details to the characters and pattern were then engraved on to the areas of silver. ****Sometimes artisans made silver and enamel brooches, using the same carving technique but filling the hollows with coloured enamels but this was less common.

FOLKLORE STORY***** The Story of Mekhala and Ramasoon *****

Mekhala (Goddess of Lightning) and Ramasoon (God of Thunder) are the most popular folklore characters found on Siam Sterling jewellery. Their story is old and originated in Buddhist mythology.
Mekhala was a beautiful nymph, born of the sea and froth of the waves. Ramasoon fell in love with her and wanted to possess her but his love was spurned and she often mocked him before flying up into the clouds. One day Ramasoon set chase with his battle axe hoping to capture Mekhala. Dark clouds gathered round him hiding him from her so he threw his axe, but Mekhala had a magic jewel in her hand, a crystal which she used for protection. She held out her hand and a bright light flashed and blinded Ramasoon allowing her to escape. The axe missed its mark and rattled harmlessly across the heavens as she escaped. Thus we have the story of lightning and thunder.

RESTOCKING
I aim to add more stock weekly so please visit my shop to keep updated with my latest creations or vintage treasures.

Thank you for looking
Michele

Frequently asked questions about SawmillsVintage

Orders acknowledged within 24 hours of purchase. Dispatched within 2 working days, with proof of postage. Personal collection possible.

Royal Mail standard delivery for posting - costs include my p&p time. Recorded, tracked or next day delivery possible if requested before purchasing: postage quote sent. Shipping around holidays can be unpredictable and Priority Upgrades are recommended.

Please contact me if you wish to purchase more than one item or if you live outside the UK so I can quote you the best possible price.
Vintage Jewellery: comes in an organza gift bag or in its original box/bag if pictured. Chinaware is securely packed in bubble wrap and boxed. I use recycled boxes/bags and clean packing materials to be greener. Please say if this is unacceptable.

******Minor assembly required *******

Cake stands will arrive flat packed with the fittings and plates wrapped separately. This is to reduce postage and damage risk. They are very simple to assemble... Only requiring screwing together. If this is unacceptable to you please contact me so we can discuss alternatives.
Bespoke orders welcomed:

I have a wide selection of china and textiles in stock and am happy to make bespoke cake stands, bunting or dream catchers in a particular colour, size or design for special events or people, subject to stock.

Regarding chinaware I may have matching or mismatching tea cups, teapots, sugar bowl/milk jug or cake plates available and can send images of an item until it is suitable.

Please contact me for custom order inquiries or if you have any questions.
I aim to add more stock weekly so please visit my shop to keep updated with my latest creations or vintage treasures.
I aim to have happy customers. I don’t accept cancellations but please contact me if you have any problems during the purchasing process or within 3 days of delivery.

Although unlikely, if damage has occurred during transit please contact me within 3 days to discuss a replacement or refund.

I am happy to refund or exchange if you change your mind (on arrival).
A refund will be given upon the safe return of your item, in the original condition, as it left me.

The buyer is to pay return postage and the item must be returned within 30 days of receiving it.

Please ask for more photos and information in advance if you have any doubts about what you are purchasing.
Payment is via Paypal or Etsy Gift Cards. If you do not have a Paypal account you can still pay via Paypal using your debit/credit card by following the on screen instructions.

I ask that payment is made within 3 working days. If there is a problem please contact me or I may have to relist the item. I will send your item as soon as your payment has been cleared.
I endeavour to honestly describe the condition of all items for sale.

Please note that vintage china often show signs of gilt wear, rubbing, firing marks, pre-glaze marks/chips. These will be described, although I feel this is part of each pieces unique character. Any chips or cracks will be pointed out and I never knowingly sell china with this kind of damage.

All jewellery I sell is in beautiful vintage condition but please bear in mind that they have been preloved and may show usage wear associated with their age. Any wear, missing stones and significant damage will be noted.

Please check my photos and ask any questions to clarify concerns you may have before purchasing.

SALE...STERLING SILVER Enamel Brooch - Jewellery - Folklore Story - Niello work - Vintage Folk Art Brooch - Goddess Mekkalah - in gift bag

$31.69

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: White enamel, Mekhala Goddess of Lightning, STERLING SILVER, Organza GIFT BAG
  • Only ships within United Kingdom.
  • Feedback: 17 reviews
  • Favorited by: 2 people