This is a unique and unexpected design by German heraldic artist, Van H. Nowak. He created it at the beginning of the 20th century at a time when jewelry, interior design, and architecture were very much influenced by William Morris' Arts and Crafts Movement. At first glance, this cypher can be confused with the Art Deco style, but with closer inspection, one can see that while the design is geometric, its lines are finer than those featured by Art Deco designs. This crown indicates the royal rank of Marquis.
Monogram by heraldic artist, Hans Nowack, from the 1903 – 1905 book, Schriften Atlas – Eine Sammlung Von Alphabeten, Initalen und Monogrammen, published by Julius Hoffmann
Weight: 10.4g – Sterling Silver
Size: 44 x 24mm
Inventory #: TP088
A Market Stroll
Walking through her preferred marketplace in Egypt, Fatima greets all her favorite vendors. As she nears the end of the second row, her eye is drawn to a table containing some silver jewelry. As she moves in closer to inspect the jewelry, her eyes focus on a intriguing pendant. It contains a crown and letters that were hard to read because of its heavy tarnish. Signaling the vendor, she asks if he might know the history of the piece. He says unfortunately he does not. He had purchased it from estate sale and all the remaining family had moved on. Fatima is enchanted and decides to purchase the necklace. After bringing it home she polishes it and slowly the monogram is revealed. To her great delight her first initial is contained in the FFOE monogram. She may not know the history of this beautiful pendant, but through her, it has received new life, and its story can continue to be written.
Historical Fiction by: Amanda Ashmore