Mystery Jewellery, Vintage, Brass figure, Dash Kitten

We have some mystery jewellery and would love your help!

Meet our small unknown figure, a piece of jewellery given to us by our friend Pearl. It is so well made that we know it must be genuine ‘vintage’, which means over 20 years old, and we need your help, working out what it is, so grab those thinking caps!

It is not a brooch, there is a loop behind the head (see the picture below), so we think it would be part of a necklace….

  • We are hoping this blog post on our Jewellery Mystery will allow us to reach out to our pals worldwide! Sass, in the comments, suggests it is part of a ‘Mother and Child’ jewellery piece. We have not managed to find an image yet – it you find one let us know. There will be a $20 reward voucher for jewellery from Mum’s shop!

Here are the details of the mystery jewellery figure, and we are hoping you have a mum or family who might be able to help.

  • 2.5 ins/6 cms high
  • We believe – Brass
  • A loop at the head (soldered) and possibly a faint off mark/word E (?)
  • Tapering sinuous figure shape
  • Possibly one of a pair – the arm curls into a hook indicating possible attachment to another figure/element.

Mystery Jewellery

If it is valuable we intend to donate the sale proceeds to charity. We at Dash Kitten are curious about its history, as it is well made and intrigues us enough for us to play at detectives!

Can you help? Let us know in the comments!

Miranda Kitten Miranda Kitten Blogger



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    Bev Green

    September 10, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my we have no idea but what a unique and beautiful item..i hope someone out there can help you identify this..very different 🙂 and please pop by my bloggie and enter (easy just comment) as i have something to give away and would love you to win 🙂 hugs Fozziemum
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    da tabbies o trout towne

    September 11, 2015 at 4:05 am

    guys…how kewl iz thiz !!!! de food gurlz knot sure; maybe mum could search on ebay like her iz gonna buy sum thin… & a similar piece will come up ??? insert hearts ~~


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    Thomas Archer

    September 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    OOhhhh, a jewellery mystery! We shall ask our pals on FB Aunty, see if anybuddy knows.


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    September 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Might it be in an Art Deco or Art Nouveau book or site? I keep thinking I should KNOW!

    KOVELS ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES might have it & even an old one at your library might have it?


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    September 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    We have no idea, either. What a mystery!

    I did a Google Image search, in the hope that I’d find something similar. Sadly, I did not find a match. 🙁

    Good luck! We hope you can figure it out, pals!
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    September 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    It’s part of a ‘mother and child figurine. You have the ‘mother’ half.


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    Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats

    September 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Looks kind of like an ear cuff to me. I googled “figure ear cuff” and found things that look kinda similar.
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      Dash Kitten

      September 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      We thought that too, but the loop behind the head made us think again…..


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      Dash Kitten

      September 23, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Ahh a new search term for me to try too. Thank you.


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    September 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    How unique! I think it is wonderful that you will be donating the proceeds from the sale to charity. I hope someone will be able to identify it for you.


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    Stacey Loring

    September 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    It looks like a broach, and my first impression was a mermaid, even though it doesn’t have a fin. Regardless what it is, it’s really pretty.
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    Callie (CreaTEAvity) Carling

    September 23, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    How intriguing! It’s a beautiful piece of art, whatever its original purpose – I do hope you get to find out its history and purpose. It looks very much like something you’d find from the 1930s but I have (alas) no knowledge of vintage jewellery – just an appreciation of the beauty from that era.

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    September 26, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I don’t think it’s part of a mother & child figurine unless it is a hanging figurine because there wouldn’t be a loop on the back of the figure’s head – plus I think it’s rather small to be a figurine.

    It *could* be part of a mother & child necklace where both figures have a loop through the head or it could be a set of 2 necklaces – a mother and a child separately that you can “hook” together using the arms.

    I tried to Google search it but came up completely empty for an image that matched your little mystery figure.
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    da tabbies o trout towne

    September 26, 2015 at 3:01 am

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    Kari @The He Said She Said Experience

    September 26, 2015 at 3:20 am

    At first I thought it had to be a brooch or a pendant, but now after reading the other comments I agree that ear cuff seems like a strong possibility.
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    September 26, 2015 at 4:20 am

    That is so interesting!! To me it looks like a half of something. Kind of like the “best friend” necklaces that you share. Would love to see the other side! 🙂
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    Shauna S.

    September 26, 2015 at 4:50 am

    That is a cool piece of jewelry. It’s so fun to find and get vintage pieces. I enjoy that style of art work.
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    Patti Barnes

    September 26, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I have no idea what it might be but I can see the beauty of the piece. The rear loop suggests that it may have hooked onto something?
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    September 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I have no idea what it is but it’s beautiful! I hope you figure it out.
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    Jay | Relaxed Thairapy

    September 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Unusual and definitely unique! Cool. #commentathon
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    Raquel C

    September 28, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Wow, that is a tough one, but I am so intrigued to find out. Please let us know when you find out. Maybe a magnet?


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    Brooke Bumgardner

    September 28, 2015 at 3:59 am

    What an unusual piece! I hope you solve the mystery. I’d love to know how this one plays out. Sometimes, even with all the search engines and thinks available, it is hard to find an answer. I agree, it does look like it is part of a set.

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    Denise Murray Wong

    September 28, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I am soooo intrigued! Luckily, with technology and your blogging platform, we can help to get this post into the right hands to solve this mystery.
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    September 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Hmmmm, a mystery indeed. I really have no idea of what it could be ??? would love to find out. Please post once you know….sounds like quite a few of us are up for you solving the mystery and knowing what it is. Best of luck!


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    Shann Eva

    September 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I would have to agree that it looks like it came from a Mother and Child set. Maybe some sort of charm from a bracelet or necklace? It’s really cool, and I hope you can find out what it is and it’s value.
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    September 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    No luck on my eBay search. I love finding out about funny pieces like this though.
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      Dash Kitten

      September 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Ashley, we know that, worldwide, different things come up in the same search so thank you.


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    Jeryl M.

    September 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I can’t help solve your mystery, but it is a really interesting looking piece.
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    September 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I have no idea on this.


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    Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal

    September 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    No idea over here either other than that my mom-person think´s it looks Art Deco style.
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    Ellen Pilch

    September 29, 2015 at 2:05 am

    That is nice of you to plan to donate. I tried a Google image search with no luck.
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    September 29, 2015 at 4:45 am

    It looks like something I would have found in my grandmothers jewelry box. If it has the loop behind the head I would thing it would go on a choker necklace. Beautiful.

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    September 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

    This piece is beautifully sculptured. It lies flat suggesting maybe it’s for a necklace with a heavy chain.
    I will ask my friends if they have seen a piece like this. It definitely is a mystery!
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    Kimberly Ann elizabeth

    September 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I’m fairly certain this is an ‘Ear Cuff’


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    September 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hmm.. That’s definitely an interesting piece! I too would have to agree that it’s either part of a necklace. Good luck finding out!
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    September 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I have no idea what this is but I’m leaning towards the ear cuff like the lady up top suggested. It is cute though.
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    Megan The GypSeaFoodie

    September 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Tried doing a google image search as well, no luck! Hope you find something out soon. It is a very interesting piece.


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    September 30, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I have no idea the origin, but it is beautiful. Perhaps a necklace or a brooch, my grandmother had several, she used to wear them daily.
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    September 30, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I have to admit I’m stumped, but it is a lovely piece! I thought ear cuff too, before I noticed the loop behind the head, which also makes me think pendant. Whatever it is, I really like the design!
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    September 30, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Aw how individual, I’ve never seen anything like it! Lovely piece, thank you for sharing 🙂 xxx


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    September 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    WOW what a unique piece.. I love the look and color of brass never thought it would work for a piece of jewelry..but it does.#commentathon


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      Dash Kitten

      September 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Same here Andrea! We have had commenters doing searches on the piece from the USA – which is great as different places get different results to us in New Zealand.


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    September 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I don’t know much about vintage jewellery but this is a beautiful piece. It does look like its part of a necklace.


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    September 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I can’t tell how small it is but perhaps it is one of those earrings that wrap around the lobe?
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    September 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Definitely an interesting piece!


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    September 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Very pretty! And I hope that the sales do end up going to charity.


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      Dash Kitten

      September 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      You bet Miss Tanya! 50% to Place for Cats a small NYC foster network (501c3), and 50% to our local Rescue (NZ equivalent). We are proud of our record in fundraising!


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    Yona Williams

    October 1, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I tried to do a search to see what the ‘E’ would stand for, but with no luck. I do agree that a piece is missing which would indicate a mother and child arrangement. It looks like a pendent for a necklace.
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    Natalie G

    October 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I’m wondering where you found this? I’m afraid I cannot be of any assistance on this one. Good luck!
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      Dash Kitten

      October 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Natalie, it was sent to us by a friend in the USA, so I appreciate the comment by USA folk who are searching from their side of the Atlantic!


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    Nicole (@AlwaysReiding)

    October 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Hi! What a great logo. I also really like the ISO post. This looks like an ornament I saw once, but there was an extra piece. on the side and I think that part had a clear thread on it.
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      Dash Kitten

      October 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you for the gracious compliment, and We WILL track this beauty down!


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    Kari Ann

    October 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I have no idea but I sure hope you find out what it is and that its valuable!
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    October 2, 2015 at 6:53 am

    An interesting piece. Sorry to say that I’ve no idea of the value. Perhaps take it to a antique jeweler to asses its value?

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:19 am

    How interesting! I tried doing a Google image search and found nothing! I am very intrigued as to what it is!!
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    Rena McDaniel

    October 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Wow what an original piece I’ve never seen anything like it. With a loop in the back I could only guess it would be a necklace. Or maybe goes through the buttons of a ladies jacket. That’s my guess.
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    October 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I honestly have no idea!
    Good luck with finding out and solving the mystery!
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    April Grant

    October 3, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Sorry, I can’t help. What a wonderful challenge? Have you checked to see if it can be appraised by an antique jeweler?
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      Dash Kitten

      October 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      April, that will be a next step for us, several have advised this so we think it may be worth doing!


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    October 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    not able to help – but what a wonderful cause!
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