This blue wonder recently flew in and is open to finding a new place to alight!
This magnificent azure blue Marius Hammer butterfly is stunning and of a great, large size at 2 3/8" from wing tip to wing tip.
The underlying, machine-engineered veining (guilloche) shows through beautifully through the transparent enamel work. It doesn't get better than this in terms of color and condition and it's a very good, wearable size. This shade of blue is glorious on everyone - no matter your eye, hair, or complexion - just magnificent!
Just as an aside - This is the 'large' size butterfly pin. Many were made much smaller - as small as 3/4" (recently sold one like that) and the rarest size is in the 3" - 3 1/2" size (like the cobalt blue one in our logo). This particular azure blue pin, if in the 3" size would sell in the $800-900.00 range. If multi-color like one we currently have available, it will exceed the high end of that range!
The butterfly body is in a more muted shade of blue.
The condition is 'pristine' - as mint as mint can be! (light flare on right wing is just that ). At nearly 100 years old, it is a wonder! The enamel is fabulous and the original gold wash has darkened to a deep dark tarnished surface which I would advise to leave alone. You can see a hint of the gold wash on the back side through the patina. It features the typical C-clasp found on original Marius Hammer pins. It bears the Marius Hammer hallmark as well as 930S indicating a higher grade of silver than just the minimal 925 which is the sterling standard.
As you might know from reading other of my Marius Hammer listings, he was a contemporary of David-Andersen, Carl Faberge, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Georg Jensen. During their lifetimes, the art of enamelling and the use of it in jewelry making rose to the top and ever since has become something sought after and highly respected. I like to say that Marius Hammer was to Norway what Georg Jensen was to Denmark - a very fine and innovative silversmith. In addition, Marius Hammer is undeniably the finest artist of enamel jewelry from Norway and many of his plique-a-jour pieces challenge or exceed the quality of L.C. Tiffany. His works were produced from ca. 1867-1927 (he was born in 1847).
As an aside, many of our butterfly pin collectors love to cluster these pins. Some do it by color (all blues, for example) or shape or size. Others prefer to mix the rabble (great word, eh? it means a group or 'flutter' of several butterflies) with a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. The last photo shows a small array of pins we have had (and may still have available). Search our site with the word 'butterfly' and you will find others we have available for sale.
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