This Satsuma brooch depicts an enameled multicolored floral composition on a soft cream background, and features Moriage detailing in gold. It illustrates the four seasons in red, blue and gold accents on a deep blue border. It has a circle with a cross stamped impression on the back which represents the Shimazu family crest. Many Satsuma brooches like this one are back-marked with a mon (the crest of a Japanese family). The piece has the original safety clasp, and dates from the 1920s. The piece is in excellent condition with no wear to note. Dimension: 1-7/8” diameter.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection