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Antique Austro Hungarian brooch with garnets and turquoise. Lacy and complex, with the most unexpected confetti colored enamels. Bright pale turquoise, and dark garnets. Ornate silver setting has deepened to a beautiful pewter color. Hallmarked on pinback. Trombone closure. In good condition with minor enamel loss. Upper right turquoise appears to be a replacement - the bezel is open, and on close inspection, a bit of glue can be seen. Central floral form is mounted/soldered to a tube which moves little, held secure by a pin setting that runs through its center. A spectacular and handsome piece, in such unusual colors.

There are four marks on the pin of the brooch.

The third mark is the shape of the dog head mark, the mark for 800 silver from 1867 to 1922. It is so very tiny, it is hard to identify whether the micro tiny city letter is present in it or not. If not, this would date the piece to the period of 1867 to 1872, which seems correct by the style of the piece.

The first mark has two initials ending in S. The first is J or I or L. Considering the number of Josefs and Ludwigs and Johanns working in Vienna at the time... this narrows the extensive list of makers whose last name begin with S, by about half.

The second mark is 800, for 800 silver, and the fourth mark is half on and half off the pin. I cannot make this one out - possibly two cursive Ls within an unusual frame. Any leads on this mark would be warmly welcomed.

1 7/8 inch wide

Austro Hungarian Brooch . Garnets Turquoise . Confetti Enamel .

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: silver, enamel, garnet, turquoise
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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