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.
A gorgeous butterfly wing and tortoise shell pendant from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This stunning piece is made of sterling silver and forms the shape of a large teardrop. Bezel set at the center is a genuine butterfly wing that is preserved behind glass. The butterfly wing has vivid blue and peacock green colors and displays remarkable iridescent properties, causing it to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. The butterfly wing rests atop a hand-carved tortoise shell base. The deep brown and caramel colors of the tortoise shell contrast beautifully with the vibrant butterfly wing, creating quite a dramatic effect! The pendant hangs from a simple sterling bail at the top, and the back of the piece is stamped "STERLING SILVER." A beautiful natural piece, it would look gorgeous worn everyday and would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 2 1/8" long (including the bail), measures 1 1/8" 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, tortoise shell, or butterfly wing is well-preserved behind its glass frame.