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This is one of the prettiest brooches I've seen recently. It's a brassy beauty, probably gilded (though I would not swear to it), in an interesting art nouveau design of buds nestled in filigree and lovingly encircled by a twist of metal rope. It reminds me of those beautiful wax-flower bridal crowns from the 1930s and 1940s; it would make a lovely companion piece to one of those. It also has a bit of art nouveau revival flavor and would go well with an outfit in that style, perhaps something Edwardian and flowing.

So what is the flower in this graceful bouquet? Perhaps it's pussy willow, perhaps orange blossom buds ... something gentle and curving and romantic. The photo on the red background has the best highlight of the little leaves that trim the bouquet--one of those almost-hidden touches that truly endear a piece to its owner.

The size is nice, about 3.25" inches long at the widest--great for anything from a hat to a dress or a coat lapel. It closes with a safety clasp, which means it probably dates to the 1940s or 1950s. Condition is very good; the front looks excellent, but the back (which no one will ever see) shows a little bit of verdigris that you could clean up or leave as is. The verdigris may show a little deep in the crevices on the front, but you have to look very close, as in these photos. It was sold to me as gilt, but I don't want to make a promise I can't prove, so I'll just note that the brass has been covered with some other nice metal.

The pin is straight and strong and ready to anchor this bit of beauty to your favorite garment ... so let it do its job soon!

SALE gleaming golden buds ... large art nouveau / deco vintage brooch with gilt over brass filigree


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: brass, possible gilt
  • Only ships within United States.
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