20s DECO Mary Gregory Glass rhinestone stickpin
What an adorable Victorian child in her ruffed dress and bonnet! This is reverse painted and it measures 1 ¾" long. I think it may be a Mary Gregory piece because she is easily recognized by simplicity and naïve charm. There is a myth that Mary Gregory (Miss) was an old lady who painted the children she longed for but never had. The painted and enameled decoration consists of children in silhouette, typically Victorian and quite similar to the illustrations by Britain's Kate Greenaway. These children could be flying kites, bowling hoops, blowing bubbles or simply playing, usually surrounded by grass, foliage or fern. They are dressed in typical Victorian 'Sunday Best' clothes, usually knickerbockers, sailor suits or crinolines.!This is a reverse etched intaglio glass head two piece stick pin. THe bottom part has a screw on piece that is of paste rhinestones. The top has the large glass head piece that is 2" long and has a paste rhinestone upswept setting. The total length is 4". IT is a rare fine to get one that is not broken much less one with the ornate setting this one has.