Butterfly Wing Pendant with Two Drops
The acclaimed Morpho butterfly of Brazil is the basis for a type of jewelry produced in the earlier part of the 19th century. Traditionally English or European in origin, it uses the iridescent wings of the insect and encases them under glass usually set into silver as is the case here. This one is a particularly lovely example with a top mount in roundel form, a middle silver section and a bottom drop with flower and leaf motif silver all with twisted silver work borders.
Hallmarks: "Sterling" marked on the reverse of the top drop.
Measurements: Chain is 8 inches (19.5 cm) in length on each side or 16 inches (39 cm) in total. The drop is 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) long including all three sections.
Date & Origin: Circa 1930 and is English in origin.