Antique Edwardian dragonfly with pastes in sterling silver. Covered in bright clear pastes, with a large ruby thorax and green paste eyes, this brooch is a delightful example of Edwardian insect jewelry. It is well contoured, with slightly undulating double wings and tail, and protruding antennae. The large ruby paste and emerald green eyes add a nice color contrast.
The brooch measures 2-5/16" across the wings and 1-11/16" from antennae to tip of tail, so it is a nice size for sitting on the shoulder, collar, and lapel. The back is marked for Fishel-Nessler, a fish shape with STER inside and attached letter L; as well, there is a Patent mark for April 14, 1908.
The brooch is sparkles beautifully. All the stones are original. You can see a slight variation in the pastes if you look very closely. The ruby paste is chipped on one side, and one green eye is an old replacement, but these are not noticeable without loupe-scrutiny.