Dating brass

Several variations of this mark have been found: some have raised circles with recessed lettering as in this example, in others the circle is recessed and the letters raised, and in still others, the raised letters are encircled by a raised ring.

This mark is found on bookends, vases, candle sticks, andirons, and fireplace tools.

dating brass-61

This version of the triangle/lantern mark is found on brass ink wells, candle sticks, and lamp bases.

The basic elements of this mark are the letters "B&H" with printer's flowers above and below.

The hook and box clasp (also called “fish hook” clasp) was commonly used on pearl necklaces or necklaces with gemstone beads.

Often oval shaped, the long hook was inserted and locked into place.

It eventually evolved into the modern locking clasps in use today.

Safety pin clasps were also popular and were used from the late 1800s until the early 1900s, and are still used on some hand made pieces today.

It had two scissor-like hooks that opened in the middle, then overlapped each other when closed. Monet had a patented, rounded sister clasp used in its jewelry in the 1950s and 1960s.

As with bracelets, commonly used vintage necklace clasps include ring clasps, foldover clasps, and box clasps.

They are commonly found on hand made brooches from the mid-20th century era, such as painted wooden brooches from Russia or micro mosaic brooches from Italy.

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