I've never been one to watch for hat pins, though I know a lot of people collect them. But when I found this one with big bulbous and beautiful 18k gold top, I just couldn't resist adding it to my buys of that day. Entirely worked by hand, repousse' and engraved 18k gold (hollow worked) is mounted on the 9" long steel pin. Those 1890-1910 hats required long pins to hold them to the hair of the wearer, and this would have been from that era. Acid-tested, it is 18k solid gold, with a look of yellow washed gold over a pink gold body of the item, giving it some depth to the engraved florals. The 18k gold head of the hat pin is 1" long and 5/8" in diameter - nice and large. Lovely old thing!
Very good condition for age and type, you can see the layered yellow gold on the pink gold and how it was used initially to give color to the repousse and engraved flowers. Some rub to that yellow vermeil layer but the entire top ornament tests 18k. One petal has a push dent to it that I think is result of injury rather than original plan. Look at our images. Entirely hand made. The long 9" pin is steel, not gold.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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