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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-21-2020 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is an incredibly lifelike c1880 sterling 3D grasshopper brooch marked by William Wilson & Son. I'm not sure if it was made in the Wilson shop or not--the detail and casting remind me of some of Peter Krider's figural critters on table silver. It is apparently a very accurately rendered grasshopper, most likely a horse lubber. It is 2 3/4" long with a weight of 23g.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-22-2020 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fabulous! cool cool cool

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-22-2020 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2020 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! That is an amazing piece.

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Polly

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Good heavens! That is almost terrifying.

It must be hard to wear--it looks like it would flop over.

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Paul Lemieux

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i wore it on a suit lapel recently. the middle legs come down far enough on each side to keep it firmly stabilized.

the little bead holding the back legs together is the only non-anatomical detail in the design. i believe the maker thoughtfully added it to prevent the long legs from snagging on something & breaking off.

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Polly

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It's extraordinary, Paul. Wear it in health and (grass)ha(o)ppiness!

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