One of several newly acquired butterfly pins, this David-Andersen pin is in the large size, 2 3/8". It features distinctive reddish-orange areas contrasted with a touch of aqua blue and gold. There is some olive green towards the outside edge which has a thin line of black. The veining is done in black. The wings have a very 'stained glass' appearance because of the black outlining. The body is an amalgam of the brown-olive-black colorations.
As a bit of background...
Along with contemporaries, Marius Hammer of Bergen, Norway (Andersen was from Oslo) and others from other lands (Tiffany, Faberge to name just two) David Andersen founded and led the field in beautiful enamel and other silver works. He lived from 1843-1901. His company was founded in 1876 and by 1892 he opened a second shop. Following his death, his son Arthur took over and the company is still in operation today. The success of the designs and wares of the David-Andersen company has become synonymous with many types of enamel wares including jewelry, utensils, and figural salt and pepper sets. A variety of hallmarks were used over the years with two in use since 1925 which makes it very difficult to specifically date.
Also, the technique used to create these multi-color David-Andersen butterfly pins is to apply transparent coats of multi-color enamel on a 'guilloche' ground (a machine-engineered pattern in the metal that in this case, depicts the veining found in nature).
The surface of this pin is very, very glossy (thus some 'flares' from the camera) which gives it a liquid-y appearance. It is in excellent condition with a wonderful 'patina' that has developed over time on the gold-washed sterling. That can easily be polished but we leave it to the buyer as some prefer the patina that only age can bring and feel that a polished finish makes it look too 'new'.
The last photo shows a small array of David-Andersen butterfly pins. We have many butterfly pins by other makers such as Marius Hammer, and John Atkins & Sons, so please make sure to search them out here in my shop.
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