Antique E.A. Bliss Millegrained Rhinestone Brooch Rare Honeybee Mark

Early E. A. Bliss jewelry is incredibly collectible due to its rarity and unique, beautiful style.

This lovely antique Bliss brooch is marked with the company’s “honeybee” hallmark: one of the most sought-after by discerning collectors.

Soon after, the company became E.A. Bliss Co. This maker's mark was only used between 1875, and a little after 1920.

Through a series of name changes and owner changes, the company ultimately became the contemporary Napier Company.

This brooch is characterized by a long, rectangular frame embellished with delicate, pierced decoration inside.

Some of the metals have an elaborate millegraine effect while the four-petaled flowers in the center echoes the motif with elegant stippling.

The center of the brooch is set with a beautiful, champagne colored glass pearl which is surrounded by four sparkling, clear rhinestones.

The rhinestones are in-set in a small, millegrained bezel. Two more glass pearls are set on either side of the center, creating a fantastic sense of balance.

The brooch is made of silver-plated brass and features a rich patina. The face of the brooch is slightly worn and shows some mottling throughout the oxidization while the reverse is very dark.

You will find the “honeybee” hallmark on the reverse of the brooch in the center near the top. This maker's mark with the circle E A Co (the little "o" is inside the "C") with the little honey bee was used from the late 1890's until approximately 1917.

A classic “C”-clasp makes the brooch both easy and comfortable to wear as well as easy to display.

Though it shows a fair amount of wear and oxidization, the brooch remains in good antique good condition overall. The think the oxidized brass really adds to the overall character and personality of this dainty brooch.

It truly is an exquisite example of E. A. Bliss style.

It is very unusual and will be a treasure in your collection.

Measurements: 2 3/4" long, 5/8" wide, 5/16" thick Weight: 8.6 grams (0.3 oz)

Item ID: 6089

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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: One-Size-Fits-All

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