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 pair of real butterfly wing earrings from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! These lovely picture frame-like earrings are crafted in sterling silver and hang from simple wires via a fancy double figure-8 chain accented with silver shot balls. The sterling frame around the butterfly wings features a beaded border. The butterfly wings encased in glass have vivid blue and peacock green colors and display remarkable iridescent properties, causing the surface to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. With this gorgeous and natural design, these unusual earrings would make a colorful everyday accessory!
Measurements: The earrings hang 1 1/2" long (including the wires at the top). The sterling frames with the butterfly wings inside measure 1/2" long and 3/8" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or butterfly wings, which are well-preserved behind their glass frames. The earring wires are secure and in good condition.