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antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt putti Pin Brooch with garnets and pearls

on Nov 15, 2018 in Pins/brooches, US/European

A beautiful survivor of a by-gone era known for its magnificent jewelry, this Austro-Hungarian silver gilt brooch features cast little putti holding pearl disks in their hands against an open-work, layered background. The brooch is in fact one half of what used to be a two-part belt buckle. Its pair lost who knows when and how, it was converted into a pin so we can still enjoy it. Adorned with garnets and possibly some black enamel that shows signs of its long life, the brooch is generous in size and adorable…

 

Size/Weight: 2 1/6″ square; 34.4 grams

Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content (at least not this part of the original belt buckle) yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 purity which was the standard for Austro-Hungarian jewelry of the period; late 19th – early 20th c.

Condition: very good vintage with no damage, great patina that has mellowed the vermeil finish, having nice casting and all its garnets and pearls present; I believe that at least one of the pearls might be a replacement since it’s not as flat on top as the rest but it is a good enough match and does not attract the eye in any negative way

 

 

Offered at $135.00

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