The pendant/pin on this genuine baltic amber necklace is vintage 1960's, purchased from an artisan in the Southwestern U.S., near Mexico. Artisan's mark is a fiery sun, cut out on the back of the brooch. The pin/pendant has a background fan of copper and sterling silver with a large rounded pentagon shape of composite baltic amber (27mm X 38mm), an old orange baltic amber round cabochon (19mm), and a smaller yellow or honey baltic amber cab (12mm), all prong set in fancy sterling silver filigree. The largest stone at the bottom is adorned on top center with a single, round moonstone (7mm), also prong set in sterling filigree. The entire pendant/pin measures 2.5" inches tall X 2.75" inches wide.
A genuine amber necklace was later added in the 1970's, so this pin could be worn as a pendant. Wearable length of necklace with pendant is 20" inches. Thirteen sterling round beads are strung near the brooch converter, and 17" inches of small, chunky amber stones are strung with two sterling spacer beads in-between each one. Clasp is vintage sterling silver filigree, marquis shape. This one-of-a-kind piece is in excellent condition.
This unusual and striking piece an interesting provenance. It came from the estate of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon family, from the lady whose father knew Winston Churchill well (She showed me the sterling silver and carved jade dragon handle humidor box gifted to him by Mr. Churchill, as well as a photo of her father playing badminton with Churchill (wearing Bermuda-style shorts, no less!) , circa WWII era. This amber pin/pendant was purchased by her in the late 1960's. Winston Churchill visited this family several times during World War II, regarding production of steel for the war industry for Great Britain under the Lend-Lease Act (1941-1945).
Item ID: RL-3781
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