Erwin Paltscho Brooch, ca. 1930
This was given to me by a dear friend. It came from her mother's estate and her mother had recently passed away, and so she wanted me to have it.
So what we have here is a platinum, diamond, and carved agate Art Deco brooch.
Dates to probably the 1920s to 1930s period. It is by a fairly rare Austrian maker, Erwin Paltscho. And we know that because it is signed, very clearly, along the back here. While it's signed clearly, it's very difficult to see…
Yes it is.
…because it's quite small and the back is beautifully textured. It's very rare to see this maker in the United States.
Oh, really? Oh, wow.
They weren't around for very many years. They didn't make very many things. What they did make is just this style. The agate would be dyed to enhance its natural color. These textures, the natural motif, very common of Paltscho jewelry. He did a lot of beautiful carved flowers. At auction today, I would estimate this to bring somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000.
(laughing) Oh, wow! That is amazing. I am going to have to have someone go with me every time I wear it! (laughing) A bodyguard-- oh, my.
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