For your pleasure, this Toledoware Brooch or Pin and Teardrop Dangle Earrings set from Toledo, Spain is not to be confused with Damascene.
The circular pin with lightly scalloped edges measures 1 1/2" across and boasts 18 sections delineated by silver colored painted “V” s of beading. Inside each section are Moroccan like designs that look like inlaid wire. Two designs with 9 of each around the inside and outside circles. The inside of each section is filled in with black enamel and thus highlighting the golden colored threads of the design. In the very center we have an open circle that is approximately 5/8” wide and is also circled with the same silver colored painted beading.
Turning it over we see the word SPAIN clearly imprinted. We also see the pin mechanism has been soldered to a crosspiece that has also been soldered to the back of the broach. The clasp holds nicely as one would like a clasp to hold so no chance of it popping open.
Turning attention to our Teardrop Dangle Earrings, which measure 1 7/8” long and 4/8” wide at the widest parts. They are screw backed, with the uppermost piece (that is attached directly to the screw finding) in a slightly different but matching V shaped sectional. We see the same silver colored V beading has carried over to this and the descending dangle that is attached by a gold colored jump ring. The jump ring allows the teardrop to dangle and catch the light. It really is quite lovely. The design is not as raised as on the pin but the enameling is the same. They are also done in a gold tone metal and the back is not decorated.
Condition of the set is excellent vintage. In my photo’s you will note only one small section on the pin at the silver colored “V” that has lost the coloring. It looks quite glaring in the photos, but do consider that I take extreme close-ups in high definition, meaning that you are seeing more than your eyes can see when you hold this set in your hands. The darkening you see on the back metal of the pin and the earrings is mostly shadow, and partly needing a light polishing. And Yes, you do note that one earring screw mechanism is a different barrel size than the other. This is because these older pieces were hand made in Toledo, Spain.
Old world craftsmanship is evident, however Toledoware is the "Redheaded Stepchild" of the jewelry world from Spain. Mostly because unknowing or uneducated sellers commonly call it "Damascene". It is from the same city, and at first glance does favor the more expensive Gold and Silver inlay that makes Damascene sought after, however it is not. It is rather a closer relation to Nelloware than Damascene to my mind.
It is beautiful, well made and brought over to my Mother-in-Law Catherine during the war years from her cousin serving in the European campaign. Unfortunately, these are the only details I have of its past.
But don’t take my word for any of this, see for yourself. Take it home and make it yours, feel the quality of the workmanship and live with it for several days before you decide. Returns are always a breeze as you don’t need a reason why you don’t want them; you only need to let me know you would like to return them. Do read my return policy in the drop down to the right of this listing for full details.