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tomsantiquesetcetera replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"Like Jeff says it could be a reproduction, copy, or fake.  It's difficult to say definitely what it is, or isn't, from pictures. Look closely at the 3 round balls; how are they attached? You have 4 choices, 1) welded, 2) soldered, 3)…"
Jun 15
Jeff Guy replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"Sorry, but this is NOT an ancient pre-Columbian piece. You should have it tested, but it doesn't look like its made of silver. It may be an Inca-style reproduction, but I would have to see some references or links before I would be sure of even…"
Jun 15
Michael replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"And here's me thinking it's very similar to the modern day fad of making ever more fancy bottle openers as necklaces, rings, keyrings and other jewellery."
Jun 15
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"Vicki and Mark are correct, it's not from Mexico. But it is from ancient Peru, the Incas, Pre-Columbian times. Hard to date it but prior to the discovery of Christopher Columbus of the new world in 1492. Metals were not marked then but gold and…"
Jun 15
Mark D Swartz replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"  I spent over 40 years stopping by a variety of local thrift stores in Northern Virginia and likely have at least 50 or more pieces of Mexican jewelry most of which is clearly inscribed "925, Hecho en Mexico and sometimes the city where…"
Jun 13
vicki hufstetler replied to emily purpura's discussion Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection in the group Whadja Find Today
"Hi Emily, I've got a hunch that what you have here is not Mexican jewelry at all. It may have just got mixed into a lot. Instead what I think you have is Middle Eastern or India origin. The crudeness of the hand-done work is typical of those…"
Jun 13
emily purpura added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Pendant from Mexican Silver Collection

Hello, I have a pendant that came mixed in a collection of Mexican silver jewelry. It measures 4 3/4" by 2 1/4". It appears to have markings on the back in a series of dashes and dots. Does anyone have any clue about this piece's cultural origins or markings? Thank you for your input.…See More
Jun 13
Linda Cosgrove replied to emily purpura's discussion What is this gadget? in the group Whadja Find Today
Jun 7
Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium replied to emily purpura's discussion What is this gadget? in the group Whadja Find Today
"it is a sheet music holder"
Jun 7
emily purpura replied to emily purpura's discussion What is this gadget? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Bravo! Thanks for the tip! I found a link to a similar shaped item https://www.etsystudio.com/listing/524092495/vintage-sheet-music-holder-lyre-clip"
Jun 7
Fred Thompson replied to emily purpura's discussion What is this gadget? in the group Whadja Find Today
"My guess is music holder for a tuba etc.."
Jun 7
emily purpura added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
Jun 7
Michael replied to emily purpura's discussion Is this really a Whatsamajig? in the group Whadja Find Today
"http://recycled-relics.myshopify.com/products/antique-electric-knob-and-tube-glass-doughnut-insulators-set-of-6-608-12 Here is a link to more of these glass items you have there. An antique glass insulator. In the image I linked to, the smaller…"
Mar 16
emily purpura replied to emily purpura's discussion Is this really a Whatsamajig? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Fascinating! Can you recommend a source where I can read about this? I love studying turn of the century industry! I've studied the coal mining industry and the slaughthouses of the midwest. Both quite gruesome. I'd much rather read about…"
Mar 16
LB Laub replied to emily purpura's discussion Is this really a Whatsamajig? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Hi again! It is probably a glass counter from the late 1800s. Workers at glass factories used to use glass rings as counters to keep track of their output."
Mar 16
emily purpura replied to emily purpura's discussion Dresden Plate Identification in the group Decorative and Collectible Plates
"Thank you for your help, LB Laub! "
Mar 16

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