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Old 10-04-21, 04:09 PM
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Default Royal Air Force -Mother of Pearl broach

I thought this might give someone a lift! I am amazed in the workmanship for these Mother of Pearl broaches! (I couldn't do it!)

It is really thick and am not sure what Mother of Pearl is? think of a shell (Oyster Shell?)

Hope you enjoy it as much as I, billy
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Old 11-04-21, 07:54 AM
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Hi

Many of these seem to have been made in the Middle East, with varying degrees of skill. They often have catches to the reverse that look as if they have been made by a beginner in metalwork class!

I think that the average oyster wouldn't yield a large enough piece of shell, so it is:

Pinctada is a genus of saltwater oysters, marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. These oysters have a strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as "mother of pearl".

Good old Wikipedia to the rescue!
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Old 11-04-21, 08:12 AM
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The clasp is very basic! But the broach is stunning!
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Old 11-04-21, 08:26 AM
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Very nice, what sort of fitting does it have on it's reverse?


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I thought this might give someone a lift! I am amazed in the workmanship for these Mother of Pearl broaches! (I couldn't do it!)

It is really thick and am not sure what Mother of Pearl is? think of a shell (Oyster Shell?)

Hope you enjoy it as much as I, billy
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Old 11-04-21, 11:18 AM
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Hi Frank, here is the Clasp fitting, small and flimsy! You can see how thick the Mother of Pearl is though, at least in the centre!
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Old 11-04-21, 01:17 PM
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Very nice and typical, a really lovely brooch.
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I do like mother of pearl sweethearts - they are impressive.

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Hi Frank, here is the Clasp fitting, small and flimsy! You can see how thick the Mother of Pearl is though, at least in the centre!
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Yes, typical of the Middle Eastern made sweetheart badges although this catch is actually quite a good one I have to say!

Mother of pearl is a rather problematic material to work I'm told and produces a dust that can be quite abrasive to the lungs.

The H & S Department of this maker probably didn't have much of a say in the production however....
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Old 12-04-21, 12:55 PM
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No Health and Safety I'm sure where involved! Wonder just what did it cost? But cheap I think, I like the fretwork, this is the best I have in my collection now, am sure there are other's out there? All the best Billy
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