Theda Gilt Sterling Peacock Figural Brooch Vintage Art Deco
Offering a fabulous vintage Theda gilt sterling silver peacock figural brooch. We've had a couple of these gorgeous brooches in the past and this one has the most gold wash intact, especially around the tail feathers. The two tone effect of the silver and gold is very appealing. This beauty dates to the late Art Deco period, circa 1940s. The tail and flowers are adorned with light blue aquamarine colored rhinestones and the head feathers have ruby red cabochons. All the rhinestones are prong set. A long and lean, graceful peacock brooch for your collection.
SIZE Measures just shy of 3 inches tall by 1.875 inches wide. Weighs 28.8 grams, close to a troy ounce of silver.
MARKS Hallmarked Sterling THEDA with Theda in a rectangle. This stands for the Ideal Jewelry Mfg Co of Providence, Rhode Island, in business since 1921. They are most known for their lovely religious sterling pieces making this peacock brooch very collectible.
AGE: 1930s to 1940s
SYMBOLISM or HISTORY The peacock is a symbol of immortality, with peacock images seen throughout ancient Christian paintings. It replaces its feathers annually and so is also symbolic of renewal. If you've ever been lucky enough to see a peacock in person with its full feather display, you know what a majestic sight it is! The peacock is associated with the Asian deity Quan Yin and is symbolic of love, watchfulness, goodwill, nurturing and kindheartedness. The story goes that she chose to remain a mortal rather than be immortal to aid humans in finding their spirituality.
CONDITION: The first and last photos show the brooch in natural light outdoors with no filter. The light box photos make the gold wash appear darker than it is in person. Some wear to the gold wash as shown in photos. Pin is slightly bent but roll over safety clasp is in good, working condition. Softened patina on the silver, we recommend only a light polish so as not to disturb the gold wash. Excellent, vintage condition.