Monday, October 5, 2009

What is Pot Metal Antique Vintage Jewelry.

Pot Metal Antique Vintage Jewelry.
I'm sure everyone has heard of a pin or vintage piece of jewelry being made of Pot metal, and wondered exactly what that term meant; it is made of all different kinds of metal dumped into a vat and melted together to make costume jewelry, it usually has a dull silver gray look, but some of the designers put a shiny metal such as gold or silver over it to give it a bright finish. This fur clip is an example of the early pot metal jewelry with a silver wash or layer over it. I have this beauty in my store...

What a beautiful antique fur clip it has nice bright rhinestones that may be paste stones, it is from the 1920s-30s, I don't see a designer name but is quality jewelry and is 2 inches by 1 1/4 inch the clip is 1 3/4 inches long and has a nice design on it , also the clip isn't tight till you get something in it when you go to open it its easy to open for 1/8 inch then you have a hard time trying to open it, all the teeth are there so would hold tight, just thought I would mention that, it is a white metal over pot metal and it's in very good condition other than mentioned, on a scale from 1-10 I would rate it a 9 because of the clip, it has a curve to it so it does not lay flat, no stones missing and gorgeous jewelry and reminds me of the old Trifari clips.

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