The brooch has two small chips one on the left leaf, and below the cherub. All Gutta Percha was molded and you can see how smooth the lines are and especially the round beads, the face features of the Cherub. This is a beautiful piece, and what I have learned is that Gutta Percha normally is black but through the years the Gutta turns brown as this brooch has. The picture shows a green spot which could be paint and I did not want to damage the piece so left it alone. Gutta Percha is sap from the Niato Tree, so therefore it is a hard rubber substance so will cause damage. The back of the brooch has a pin hole as shown in the picture. Another test is Gutta Percha has a salty taste when tested with your tongue which I did it has a salty taste. The pin closure is held in place with two tiny flat head screws which I believe is what holds the center flower and what it sits on as well. C closure. With the findings I can safely date this brooch to Mid 1800's. I did rub a little olive oil over the brooch to shine it and hoping I did the right thing. Price will reflect the damaged areas. Measures 2" x 1 3/4" wide.
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