By far, this is the largest, most grand Vintage marcasite and sterling silver salamander, lizard or gecko brooch I have ever seen! Imposing in it’s size, this mythological lizard like creature was said “to live in fire or to be able to withstand its effects.”
Always a subject of interest and appeal, the organic presence of this example is an impressive statement.
Measuring from one eye to the tip of it’s tail, the approximate measurement is 5 7/8.” The spread from foot-foot on the top is 1 ½.” The spread from foot-foot on the bottom is 1 9/16.” A single marcasite is missing on the brooch which is not very noticeable and does not effect the overall glitter and sparkle. On the underside of one of the hind legs, some numbers are stamped but a bit blurred. However, this piece has been assayed and it is sterling silver.
With it’s natural patina from being in a private collection for 45 years, it presents a soft, naturally blackened silver with a very distinguished body of sparkling and glittering marcasites. The faceted red eyes are probably glass.
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