Unique French World War I pendant showing a beautifuly detailed fighter plane, probably a Morane-Saulnier type N with its distinctive wire wing bracing, attacking a German plane to the left of the pendant, amongst clouds. The translucent blue enamel background is done using a diffficult technique known as plique-a-jour. As enamel is a powder until fired, it is necessary to back the piece before firing either with mica, which is heat resistant, or with copper, which is subsequently removed with acid. There is a French control mark on the ring, which even with a high-powered loupe I cannot make out-but the appearance of the metal is of platinum which I would expect given its strength for detail and the high quality of the work. The pendant is approximately 1 inch: 25 mm in diameter
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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