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    Auspice Maria symbol?

    I've been told, "this looks like a variant of an Auspice Maria symbol" on a pendant I found last week.

    My question is... does anyone have any knowledge of what this symbol might represent or is it just decorative?
    Here's a link to the original post... C1850 House Hunt - Pendant, ’28 Dog Tag, ’16 CDN LC

    If you want to take a guess on when it dates from, that would be great too.

    Thanks,
    Dave
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    I'm not seeing initials. There is no distinctive overlap you typically see with Victorian/Edwardian intertwined initials. I looked at "A M" examples but I think the similarity is coincidental.

    I'm thinking it's just a fashion pendent. Possibly a transition piece from art nouveau, with the feminine scroll design, to the geometric patterns of art deco. 1920 give or take a decade...

    It cleaned up rather nicely. Any evidence of gilding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    I'm not seeing initials. There is no distinctive overlap you typically see with Victorian/Edwardian intertwined initials. I looked at "A M" examples but I think the similarity is coincidental.

    I'm thinking it's just a fashion pendent. Possibly a transition piece from art nouveau, with the feminine scroll design, to the geometric patterns of art deco. 1920 give or take a decade...

    It cleaned up rather nicely. Any evidence of gilding?
    Thank you so much for this information Matt.
    When I found this piece it did have evidence of a silver wash on it, but most of it washed off when I cleaned it.

    Based on the design, I had the same thought as you as far as the date goes, first quarter of the 20thc.

    Thanks again for your help,
    Dave
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    Dave, I have to agree with DCMatt. I examined several Auspice Maria symbols and can't quite convince myself yours is a variant. Unfortunately, I can't offer an alternative ID. Cool find either way and great job cleaning it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by invent4hir View Post
    Dave, I have to agree with DCMatt. I examined several Auspice Maria symbols and can't quite convince myself yours is a variant. Unfortunately, I can't offer an alternative ID. Cool find either way and great job cleaning it up.
    Thanks for your post buddy.
    I don't think it has a religious significance either, it's probably just a fashion-related piece.
    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Cleaned up nice!
    Thanks Cru, I appreciate you mentioning this.

    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”

    ― John Wayne

 

 

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