Vintage Sterling Silver Cannetille Dome Brooch.
A small but beautiful pin. Intricately woven threads of silver surround a center dome with the brooch standing 5/8" or 15mm above the 1" or 25mm diameter base. Cannetille work dates back to the early 1800's and was originally a method of translating an embroidery technique to metal. A very creative idea from our early artist and fashion predecessors. While wildly popular at the start of the 1800's, the technique and designs would spurt up every now and then, into the early to mid 20th century. This little pin has the combination of an early tube hinge (1850 to 1910) with a safety C clasp. It's very possible that this clasp was replaced early in it's life but it's also possible that the silversmith used an older hinge. That said, I'm comfortable dating it to the 1920's or 1930's, but it could be a somewhat older.
It is unmarked and has been tested for silver content with results showing sterling (92.5%) or higher.
The clasp is secure but is not a locking clasp. There is a small dent to the top of the dome, as seen in the photos and I have only lightly cleaned it. It is in otherwise, very good condition for it's age.
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