Sandor Sterling Brooch, ca. 1940
This was my mother's. I inherited it from her. I'm not sure when it's from. Maybe the '40s, the '50s, that's all I know about it.
This piece is by Sandor Goldberger. When he signed his jewelry, he just used the term "Sandor." And it says, "Sandor sterling." He was a New York City artist. And this piece is extremely rare. He is known for delicate workmanship in sterling silver and using the blue crystal rhinestones and the mother-of-pearl petals on the flower pin. And this is very, very '40s. The jewelry didn't have a lot of stones, but it had a lot of metal. In a good retail setting in today's market, this piece would sell for $1,000.
Oh, my God. $1,000?
Yes, that's right.
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