Art Deco Sterling & Real Butterfly Wing Teardrop Earrings
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! English in origin, these stunning teardrop earrings are crafted in sterling silver and hang from simple wires at the top. Covering the front of each teardrop link is a genuine butterfly wing preserved behind glass. The butterfly wings have vivid blue and peacock green colors and display remarkable iridescent properties, causing the surface to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. Stamped on the back of each earring is "STERLING SILVER" and "ENGLAND." A beautiful natural design, the earrings would make a gorgeous and colorful everyday accessory!
Measurements: The earrings hang 1 3/8" long (including the wires at the top). The teardrop links themselves measure 1" tall, 3/4" 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. There is some light surface wear to the back of each teardrop link, which is not noticeable when worn. A natural patina on the surface of the setting gives the silver a darkened antique appearance, which is normal and adds depth to the design.