A spectacular 2-1/2x 1-1/2 Art Nouveau era brooch depicting a winged, lion-headed griffin, dragon or chimera, with a garnet or garnet analogue eye, clutching a brilliant in his claws. 10.5 grams in weight. It has not been tested, so it may be silver plate, or it may be sterling. It came from an American estate.The hallmark, which appears in a tiny cartouche on the back of the brooch, are the initials and bee logo of the E. Bliss Company, founded 1878 in Massachusetts as a maker of watch chains, and later of other small jewelry items and of metal mesh purses.
During World War 1 they ceased jewelry production. After 1920 they were merged into the Bliss-Napier Company.
I have never seen another figurative mythological creature from E. The most probable dates for this piece are between 1895 and 1910. Priced for rarity and not for silver content, since this is unknown. The item "WINGED GRIFFIN / DRAGON antique American Art Nouveau silver brooch E. Bliss Co" is in sale since Friday, February 12, 2021.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "stormcrowmoon" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.