A very curious vintage 'mystery' piece I have owned for many years....
It was assessed by a specialist on a well known TV antiques show who was also unable to shed any light on it at all. Since then it has been buried in my collection...now to find a new owner who may be able to decipher the mystery!!
Here is what I know....
The cameo plaque is of a gentleman and is made of bois durci (an early plastic material made of compressed sawdust and animal blood). To the bottom is some lettering which reads MARSHALL & TAGG with some more letters and numbers.
The cameo is mounted in a sterling silver brooch frame stamped MADE IN ENGLAND STERLING SILVER Pt 220213. However, this patent is a recognised error stamp patent of Shipton & Co, Birmingham & Co England, who produced butterfly wing jewellery in the early 1920's....the number should have read Pt 202212....Pt 220213 was the patent for Corona typewriters!!).
Yet we do not have a butterfly wing brooch but a bois durci cameo plaque which is French!! It fits perfectly in the frame and looks all original.
Hence the confusion....
Who are/were Marshall & Tagg?
This is where you have to do your own detective work!!!
Measurements: 2.4" by 1.75".
Tube hinge, pin and 'c' catch to fasten.
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Whatever the history, a hugely interesting & unique piece!
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