Art Deco Silver & Real Butterfly Wing Necklace
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 necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This stunning piece is made of silver, and is comprised of a beautiful butterfly pendant that hangs from a chain. The open wings are made of two genuine butterfly wings that are preserved behind glass. The real butterfly wings have vivid natural colors that display remarkable iridescent properties, causing them to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. Included are shades of vibrant blue, peacock green, and deep violet. Natural strands of light brown are visible throughout each wing. A textured silver border surrounds each wing, with the butterfly's body and antennae represented at the center. The pendant hangs from a modern silver chain attached to each wing, fastening with a simple spring ring clasp at the back. Stamped on the back of the butterfly is "SILVER 5." A beautiful natural piece, it would look gorgeous worn everyday and is perfect for any butterfly lover!
Measurements: The necklace measures 16" long. The butterfly pendant measures 1 1/4" wide (from wing to wing), is 3/4" tall, and measures 1/4" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting, or to the butterfly wing that is well-preserved behind its glass frame.The chain and spring ring clasp are secure and in good working condition.