Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin

Cobalt blue antique stick pin made by the Blois ceramics factory (founded by Ulysse Besnard in 1862 and operated after his death in 1899 by his former apprentice, Emile Balon) features a faience medallion depicting an white ermine with upraised foot standing beneath a gold fleur de lys. The medallion is signed "Ulysse Balon sr. Blois" and dated to 1901, and the 4 prongs holding it in place are in the shape of fleur de lys.

The faiencerie often decorated its ceramic wares with heraldic emblems taken from the nearby Chateau de Blois, a residence for the French monarchy since the 14th century. The fleur de lys had long been associated with French kings and the ermine was associated with Anne of Brittany, twice a queen-consort of French kings; it was the device of the House of Brittany and likely symbolized purity (the motto of her house was "Death, rather than a stain"). The walls of Anne's bedchamber at Blois were decorated with both fleur de lys and ermine tails.

The faience medallion measures 5/8" in diameter, and the stick pin is 2 ¾" long. There are no (legible) marks on the stick pin or medallion frame, but a jeweler has examined and confirmed them to be sterling.

Condition is excellent.

Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild

Item ID: auny25


Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: cobalt blue, white, gold, silver, Size: 2 3/4"

Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin

Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin
Antique 1901 Ulysse Blois Emile Balon Faience & Sterling Stick Pin

Cobalt blue antique stick pin made by the Blois ceramics factory (founded by Ulysse Besnard in 1862 and operated after his death in 1899 by his former apprentice, Emile Balon) features a faience medallion depicting an white ermine with upraised foot standing beneath a gold fleur de lys. The medallion is signed "Ulysse Balon sr. Blois" and dated to 1901, and the 4 prongs holding it in place are in the shape of fleur de lys.

The faiencerie often decorated its ceramic wares with heraldic emblems taken from the nearby Chateau de Blois, a residence for the French monarchy since the 14th century. The fleur de lys had long been associated with French kings and the ermine was associated with Anne of Brittany, twice a queen-consort of French kings; it was the device of the House of Brittany and likely symbolized purity (the motto of her house was "Death, rather than a stain"). The walls of Anne's bedchamber at Blois were decorated with both fleur de lys and ermine tails.

The faience medallion measures 5/8" in diameter, and the stick pin is 2 ¾" long. There are no (legible) marks on the stick pin or medallion frame, but a jeweler has examined and confirmed them to be sterling.

Condition is excellent.

Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild

Item ID: auny25


Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: cobalt blue, white, gold, silver, Size: 2 3/4"

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