T.L.M. Art Deco English Sterling & Real Butterfly Wing Pendant
Thomas L. Mott (also known by "TLM") was an English jewelry maker during the 1870s, and is known for popularizing natural butterfly wing jewelry. A surge in the demand for butterfly wing jewelry rose in the 1920s after a collection of pieces were shown at the 1924 British Exposition. In addition to his butterfly pieces, Mott also produced jewelry with colorful island-influenced motifs during the 1960s and 1970s.
This gorgeous pendant from the Art Deco era (ca1920s) is a wonderful example of real butterfly wing jewelry by Thomas L. Mott! English in origin, the piece is crafted in sterling silver and features a genuine butterfly wing that is preserved behind glass. The butterfly wing has intense shades of vivid blue color and remarkably strong iridescent properties, causing it to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. The polished glass frame rests within a closed back setting, and is surrounded by a milgrained bezel and lightly engraved border. The pendant hangs from a skinny bail at the top, and the back of the piece is stamped "TLM STERLING MADE IN ENGLAND," now partially faded due to normal wear. A very vibrant and unusual piece, its beauty is natural and breathtaking. It would look gorgeous worn everyday, and would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 2" long (including the bail). The oval frame measures 1 1/2" tall, 1 1/4" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the butterfly wing, which is well-preserved behind its glass frame. There is some light surface wear to the back of the pendant, including some light fading of the stamped signature, which is normal for a vintage piece.