Today I am selling a stunning Victorian gold banded glass bar pin. The smokey grey colored rectangular piece of glass is thick and heavy, possibly lead glass. The wide bands of etched gold on either end acid test positive for about 10 karat gold. Three squarish unfoiled faceted paste stones in a pale peach pink are prong set into etched gold cups with scalloped edges that look like flowers. The flowers are anchored into depressions in the glass. Since the gold flowers are set into the glass, I cannot test them to determine if they are also 10 karat gold like the bands or gold filled. The pin is tight and stays securely in the wide C clasp.
CONDITION: Good for its age. Two small chips to the corners of one side (see photo #2). One larger chip to the back corner of the other side above the hinge (see photo #3). Light scratches to the glass in various spots. The middle paste stone is slightly paler than the other two, but I don't think it's a replacement. Very little wear or tarnish to the gold.
CIRCA: Late Victorian era
MEASUREMENTS: 2 15/16 inches long and almost 1/2 an inch wide