I bought my first piece of butterfly wing jewellery almost 20 years ago. I was drawn to the beauty of these pieces and have been collecting butterfly wing jewellery ever since.
Offered here is an example of a reverse painted butterfly wing pendant. Ladies in fancy dresses are often the subject of butterfly wing pieces, but here we have an unusual woman: she is very thin and elongated, and her tall sun bonnet reflects the shape of her body. This woman is also holding a bouquet of flowers, which is reverse painted on the glass. Her blue dress is formed from shimmering butterfly wings, which change from turquoise to blue to purple, depending on how the light hits them. The domed glass is in a bezel that is decorated with an attractive rope-like border.
This oval pendant is not large, measuring app.1.12 (excluding the bail) x .75 inches, and weighing 5.2 grams. This pendant is in very good vintage condition, with some signs of age to the butterfly wings.
The pin is signed SILVER PAT. 202213. The patent was granted to the Shipton Company of Birmingham, England on August 16, 1923. The patent was for "Improvements in or relating to the production of coloured pictures on glass surfaces." The Shipton Company was one of the best known and most accomplished producers of butterfly wing jewellery, which was produced from the 1920's to the 1930's, although more limited production continued after WWII into the 1950's. This a rare opportunity to own a highly collectible butterfly wing accessory.
You will receive this item in a gift box. I will combine purchases to save on shipping costs.