ITEM: Art Moderne Brooch with Stylized Vinca - Periwinkle Blossom - Circa 1930
COMPOSITION: Sterling Silver
CONDITION: Estate Item, Excellent
MEASUREMENT: 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Comments. We are so pleased to be offering from our Estate Jewelry Department this terrific early Felch & Co / Dannecraft sterling brooch with a stylized Vinca Blossom. The brooch is perfect. The craftsmanship superb. The brooch is worn on the diagonal creating wonderful visual appeal. The detailing in the flower blossom and leaves is quite realistic. The flower is placed strategically inside the pretty sterling frame. The frame has just enough detailing to make it interesting. This is a very well done brooch and will make a delightful addition to your jewelry box.
The brooch is in excellent estate condition. It has developed a lovely aged patina. The safety clasp is secure and it opens and closes easily.
An interesting side note:
Gardeners and herbalists cultivated vinca for centuries in Europe, India, China, and America. In Europe and elsewhere it was used, along with its cousins, to treat all kinds of diseases. Vinca was used to treat everything from coughs and sore throats to eye and lung infections. Most interesting was its folk use in treating diabetes. In the 20th century, researchers discovered the plant contains dozens of alkaloids. Some of the alkaloids lowered blood sugar levels (providing folk remedies with scientific provenance) and blood pressure. In the 1950's, they discovered two alkaloids that are the source of anti-cancer drugs.
Leave the use of vinca in medicine to the professionals! Enjoy them in their modern forms in your gardens for their beauty, or even better, wear it in style when you purchase this beauty from the past.
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