Here is a beautiful antique stick pin that features a dazzling Dragon's Breath glass cabochon. It may have been used for a lapel pin for a woman's ascot pin.
Sometimes referred to as "Mexican Opal" or "Foil Opal", Dragon's Breath glass stones were a favorite among jewelry makers of the later 19th century. It is important to remember that the stones are glass and not actually opal.
The stones are made by adding metal to molten glass.
This is what gives them that bewitching blue flash.
Most Dragon's Breath stones vary from shades of orange and red to light yellows with the glittering purple-blue flash underneath.
This exquisite Dragon's Breath cabochon is an opalescent shade of light yellow and sits in the center of a distinctly Art Nouveau brass setting.
The setting is stamped with a unique geometric pattern which is surrounded by tiny flowers. The cabochon is held in place on all four sides by tiny prongs.
There are two raised manufacturer's marks on the reverse of the setting, both of which read "Pat.Apd.For".
The brass shows some slight oxidization. We love the "aged" look it gives the stick pin as well as the fantastic depth and dimension.
The pin remains in very good antique condition overall. It's a really pretty representation of Art Nouveau style.
Measurements: Total length is 3 1/8", Brass setting is ¾" long, ½" wide and 5/16" deep, Dragon's Breath cabochon is 12mm tall, 5 ½mm wide and approx. 2 ½mm tall Weight: 2.6 grams (0.09 oz)
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