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Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering an Aksel Holmsen of Norway gilded or vermeil sterling silver guilloche enamel brooch circa 1955. This is one of Holmsen's signature pieces. It features a sinuous wave topped with white guilloche enamel with an added flower bud completed in yellow enamel. The engine turned surface is visible through the enamel. The brooch measures 2" across X 7/8" tall (maximum dimensions). It weighs 6.1 grams. The back is marked "925S" + "Sterling" + "Made in Norway" + Aksel Holmsen's makers mark. There is a C- clasp closure. The enamel is in excellent condition.
Aksel Holmsen was a Norwegian maker of sterling silver jewelry. He trained under David-Andersen and started his own company in 1932 in Sandefjord Norway, but had his own workshop long before that. Holmsen's company was known for their enamel work and a modern style. Most of the jewelry produced was sterling silver with vermeil (a type of gold plating) and guilloche enamel. The shop closed in 1971.
Vermeil is also called “silver gilt”. It is sterling silver (or better) plated with a thin layer of gold. Guilloché is accomplished when a very intricate pattern is engraved in a meta. This pattern is called "engine turned". A transparent vitreous (glass) enamel is applied over the metal and the design is visible through the enamel.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling" and "925S".
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect.
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Quaint Aksel Holmsen Enamel MCM Brooch c. 1955