New England Glass Works operated in Providence, RI from about 1911 to 1958. It became Rice Weiner in 1938, yet continued stamping it's jewelry with the original "NE" Chalice logo. Distinctive cast metal pieces are often in filigree floral and foliage designs set with colorful glass stones and / or rhinestones.
The slightly domed buckle shaped brooch presented, circa 1930s-1940s, in cast metal with a deep patina, akin to an anodized finish, features raised, interconnected floral blossom rosettes. Blue, purple, red and green oval glass stones dominate the surface Four additional round glass cabochons in pink and green accent at corners while small multi color chaton rhinestones dot the blossoms.
The brooch measures about 3 inches x 1 7/8 inches with a 1/2 inch dome or profile. Largest oval glass stones is approximately 10 millimeters x 8 millimeters. Peripheral oval stones are about 9 millimeters x 6 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is about 32 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All stones intact, retaining color and sparkle. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. Metal has a dark patina, perhaps a bit deeper than the photo shows. Brooch retains shape with no dents, improper bends or collapse. Pin shaft has slight bend not affecting performance. No verdigris. Normal age commensurate wear. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed "NE" within a chalice logo. The "NE" is very difficult to discern. The pin's design, style, materials, and construction, in conjunction with the chalice logo and available references indicate New England Glass Works as the maker. It dates circa 1930s-1940s.
Incorporating colors into classics. New England Glass Works. From Cody's.
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