Squirrel

This small brooch is by the sculpture Harriet Glen who is based in Dorset in the SW of England.  The brooch is made of 18ct gold with a sapphire eye.  Harriet lived in Australia before moving to the UK, she…

Boater

This boater brooch is from the 1980s; though it’s not marked so I cannot attribute it to a known maker it is a well-made and weighty piece, which is often a good sign quality.  The main part of the brooch…

Snowflake

This is an Eisenberg Brooch dating from the 1980s.  Eisenberg began in 1914 selling ready to wear ladies fashions.  Jewellery was soon added and in 1935 the name Eisenberg Ice was introduced.  Nowadays much of the Eisenberg jewellery business revolves…

Mouse in a Tea Pot

This is a small mechanical brooch.  The mouse goes up and down – so you can just have a straight tea pot or the mouse poking out.  Mechanical jewellery is not uncommon and has been around for decades.  It is…

Oh Christmas Tree

Monet started life as Monocraft in 1927 or 1929 (depending on which reference book you read) founded by Jay & Michael Chernow in Rhode Island, the costume jewellery business took off in 1937. During the 1980s Monet produced jewellery for…

Love Birds

These two little birds are a classic example of not being what they seem.  I bought them at a local antiques fair from a dealer who I have known for some time.  The conversations went something like this. “That’s rather…