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iconnumber posted 11-08-2001 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is a rather out-of-the-ordinary sort of pin. It is a large heavy brooch with a simple C clasp, set with glass "emeralds" and "sapphires", inscribed "MOTHER". The interesting thing is that, while there is no wear through, it feels like silver plate. There are no marks at all.

Was silverplate jewelry a common sort of thing in the Victorian era? I can't recall seeing other similar pieces, but my experience with jewelry is still limited. Any information on silverplate Victorian jewelry would be welcome. Thanks!


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iconnumber posted 01-17-2002 11:34 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not find silverplated jewelry from the Victorian times to be common. As substantial as this piece looks, it makes me think it is sterling. It is a fabulous looking pin with such charm and appeal! What makes you think it is plated if there is no wear?
Stacy LoAlbo
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iconnumber posted 01-17-2002 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though not as common as solid silver jewelry, silverplated jewelry still occurred in the Victorian era. Usually, I see either silverplated brass/copper, or silverplated white/pot metal. Brent, if your brooch is plated, I would guess it falls into the latter category. The plated white metal pieces are typically heavier than silver and not flexible like silver usually is; also, since the metal is harder than sterling, these pieces sometimes do not have the patina that sterling, a softer metal, acquires. So does your piece seem to be heavyish and solid, and does it have less patina than a sterling piece would probably have?

Incidentally, the plaque with "Mother" on it was applied separatetly to the rectangular portion. Other designs (e.g. different stones or different engravings) would have been available to the buyer. Also, if "Mother" was pre-engraved on the plaque, different names probably also would have been available. This kind of "customizable" brooch seems to have been popular from perhaps the 1890s into at least the '40s.

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iconnumber posted 01-26-2002 02:50 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How can you tell the difference between real silver and silver plated items

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