Lovely sterling pin by Erik Magnussen called the "Five Wild Swans."
This spirited pin of 5 swans flying together is enameled in red, white and blue and was made by the self-taught Danish silversmith, Erik Magnussen (1884-1960). He was well known for his naturalistic brooches. Magnussen opened his own workshop in 1909 and produced extraordinary naturalistic silver-gilded and porcelain brooches on insects for the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactury . In 1925, he moved to New York City to become the artistic director for Gorham Silver Company. In 1929, he opened his own shops in New York and Chicago. He returned to Denmark in 1939 and crafted enamel jewelry.
The pin measures 2.25 inches long and does have some enamel missing on the neck of the leading swan. It is estimated that he was created in the 1940s. On the back of the pin is the famous EM mark of Magnussen, his full name, Sterling and the word Eneret which means exclusive use of design.
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