Antique c 1856-1880

Offered is one of the sweetest pins that I’ve had the pleasure to offer in my shop. Overflowing with symbolism, this marriage pin represents true love and good luck.

From the mid-Victorian era, 1856-1880, this pin is somewhere between 142 and 146 years old. Remarkable for its age, considered in excellent antique condition.

Representing good luck is the horseshoe. Designed with hand-applied adornments on both sides, while hand-engraved flowers are recessed between each adornment.

At the center of the horseshoe is the loveliest forget-me-not flower representing true love. Its petals are each adorned with 3 small natural seed pearls. In addition, a tiny natural pearl is buttercup mounted at the center of the forget-me-not flower. All pearls appear to be original to the pin, which is also remarkable. The flower’s stem is adorned with a flowing ribbon.

At the base of the horseshoe and beneath the flower is a small stippled heart. Extended from the heart is a small, 4mm hollow bead. The fact that this small bead is still attached AND has no dents or indentations is nothing short of a miracle after all these years. Under 10x magnification the little bead appears perfectly round. Proof positive that someone greatly cared for this sweet pin over the years.

Lovely size, the pin measures approximately 1-1/4 Inches tall x almost 1-Inch wide.

The pin’s finish has aged beautifully with natural occurring patina. Designed in gold fill, the color is simply spot on for age. We highly recommend that this pin be kept in original condition and not cleaned or polished. It has aged so beautifully, it would be such a shame to clean the age away.

At the backside is a very early handmade C-clasp, pin back fastener,
circa, mid-1800s. The hand-shaped pin stem secures with an early tube hinge also dating to the mid-1800s. Please note, the pin-stem does not fit tightly under the C-clasp. However, once it is pinned to a garment, the garment between the pin and the clasp will create enough tension to hold the pin ever-so- secure.

Simply a treasure and a wonderful keepsake.

Truly a treasure from days gone by.

Thank you for shopping at Ann-tiques and Fine Jewelry.

Questions are always very welcome.

Antique box used only as a prop and is not included with purchase.

ITEM ID
J-0005502
TYPE
Estate
COLOR
Bronze, Gold, White
STONE
Pearl
STYLE
Victorian, Wedding & Bridal
ITEM SIZE
1-1/4 Inches x almost 1-Inch
ITEM TYPE
Antique
MATERIAL
Gold-filled

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Antique Mid-Victorian Marriage Pin

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