This is another of my items that's sold, this time without any hitches. It's been knocking around in my 'stock' box for a couple of months now and I was a little sorry to see it go. The pendant dates from the 1930s or 40s and is from Siam - or Thailand as its known now. Just before and during the Second World War troops went there for R&R and often sent home jewellery gifts of this type to their loved ones. A lot of the pieces were decorated with Niello, a type of black enamel but this one's with its textured turquoise enamel is a little more unusual. It depicts Nang Fa, the Thai fairy of happiness, sprinkling stardust from her hand. Isn't the story behind some of this old stuff part of its fascination?
Orno ring so deeply that I had to stop myself getting carried away and making a huge bid. Sadly it went to another buyer and I hope they gain a lot of pleasure from it. The unusual design has given me an idea of some pieces of my own though - so watch this space!