This beyond rare, original, as good as undamaged surprisingly heavy 19 grams solid silver & Paste Ciro brooch is an absolute beauty, a pair of doves or swallows? Highlighted with minute pink eyes, sit either side of a small nest holding 3 faux pearl eggs. These brooches were expensive, probably half a weeks wages for the average worker, were a token of love, traditionally given as a gift on the birth of a baby & would have been a highly valued & treasured piece in its day.Note the design, the female bird to the right sitting quietly & proudly by the nest, the male with wings outspread in a historical form of protection. Beautifully finished throughout with lovely workmanship, & as much care going into finishing off the back as to the front.
I have been collecting CIRO for years & this is one of the rarest examples I have seen & have never seen another. The brooch is encrusted with pastes, I have gone over this with a toothcomb & there are only one or two stones which have any nibbles, the pin which also looks to be silver is as straight as a rod. Clearly hand finished throughout, with sublime workmanship, measures exactly 3.7 cm 1.4 in diameter, you can clearly read most of the stamp SCP to the back of the mount & ENGLAND.
I have given this only a very light polish, as the back was black & I was desperate to find markings.. There is as good as no sign of wear other than a few of the pasts having been scuffed, with no repair marks, this is fit for the serious Deco / Retro jewellery collector. The pin having a flip-over safety catch, not sure if the pin is silver (they rarely are being that silver is too soft). This does what it was intended to do, to replicate diamonds & looks simply astonishing under artificial light.
(I recommend you measure against other brooches you own to give an idea as to the size). CIRO vintage silver & Paste brooch. I WILL HAPPILY POST WORLDWIDE Will Uk & worldwide buyers PLEASE please be aware that these are bieng posted Registered, tracked & signed for from Spain using the incomparable Spanish postal service. The item "Vintage CIRO Rare Love Birds Nest Solid & Pearl Eggs Silver Paste Brooch Nr Mint" is in sale since Saturday, October 21, 2017.
This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\1950s". The seller is "sam_in_barbate" and is located in Barbate. This item can be shipped worldwide.