Today I am selling a stunning and rare Victorian stick pin by William Essex. William Essex was the 'Enamel Painter in Ordinary' to Queen Victoria and family starting in 1839. He is considered to be the greatest enamellist of his time and taught William Bishop Ford, among others. This particular stick pin depicts the head of a white terrier dog, made famous as 'Impudence' in the famous Landseer painting 'Dignity and Impudence'. It is enameled on a round piece of porcelain and bezel set into a 14k gold frame. It is signed 'W Essex 1858' on the back of the porcelain plaque. It is not hallmarked but the top passed the acid test for 14 karat gold,, while the pin is either gold filled or low carat gold. The pin is straight until the tip, where it is bent and slightly blunted.
CONDITION: Excellent for its age. Light scratches to the enamel but no other damage. Any white spots in the photos are due to the reflection. Minor tarnish to the 14 karat gold frame. A small amount of crazing to the porcelain on the back (see photo #4). As stated in the description above, the gold filled pin is bent and slightly blunted at the tip.
MEASUREMENTS: Top is 1 1/16 inches in diameter, the plaque itself is 7/8 of an inch in diameter, and full length is a little over 3 13/16 inches, weighs 8.2 grams