This is a pretty and delicate-looking antique Art Nouveau brooch by Charles Horner of Chester.
It features an open entrelac design of sterling silver with an enamelled flower and turquoise cabochon. The flower is enamelled in pearly cream with the tips of the petals washed in a violet-blue enamel that has a slight pinky irridescence. The “turquoise” cabochon appears to be glass and is securely bezel set. The brooch is fitted on the reverse with a simple c-clasp.
3.3 cm (1.25″) wide by 2 cm (just over (0.75″) high.
It is marked “C.H” for Charles Horner with a full set of Chester hallmarks for 1908.
This brooch is in good antique condition.
There is some age-related wear to the enamel along the petal edges, including a petal edge that runs top to bottom on the right of the flower. This shows as a dark line but is actually exposed silver. Otherwise the enamel is intact. The turquoise cabochon is unchipped and the clasp works well with the pin staying securely in the c-clasp. For accuracy, there is a very tiny black dot on the front petal and another on the turquoise – both barely perceptible in real life.