This hand-made lady's stick pin depicts a domed lotus blossom and is bead-set with 20 natural seed pearls,four in each of its five petals. all but one apparently original, each measuring about 1.5-1.6 mm.
Measuring about 13 mm. across by 12.7 mm. x vertically x 5 mm. deep, each petal is beautifully bright cut around the pearls and has crisp milllegrained edges. An additional single pearl is also crown-set at the blossom's base.
The pin stem, at 2 5/8", is very long, the better to pierce the heavier clothing that was worn in the Victorian period, helping to date this pin in the late 1800's. I have shown in one of the pictures that it is a bit bent. Because this evidence of wear does not impede the items' function, I have not chosen to have it straightened, but a good jeweler can easily correct this defect.
The pin stem is stamped "19K" and I have confirmed this as likely by acid testing. The back of the lotus is stamped with a marvelous trademark showing three or tour structures that may include a clock tower. I have researched the mark, to the extent of contacting the old U.S. manufacturer whose mark it most closely resembles, but it is not theirs. I believe the 19-karat fineness almost certainly points to European origin, possibly English or Portuguese.
The total item weighs 1.5 pennyweights (2.4 grams). A yellow plated end clutch, apparently original, is included. For the collector of stick pins or anyone who fancies an accent of antique charm.
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