This is one of our favorite of the mosaics that we recently acquired. Stamped on the back simply "ITALY", this has an amazing combination of color, shapes and materials.
Tiny skinny tubes of white with black lines are in the corners, millefiori pieces dot the sides and are set into tiny bits of twisted rope motif metal.
Measures about 1 and 3/8" across by about 1 and 1/16" high.
These tiny works of art known as mosaic pins came into vogue in the 1860s to the 1880s. Travelers happily brought them home from Rome and Venice, these were often cherished souvenir pieces. Since this piece is less "tight" than others from that period, we estimate it to be later, approximately from 1890-1910.
These were most commonly worn on a blouse (also called "waist"s) at the nape of the neck.
We are certain that the (later) clasp (locking c) is a replacement as it has a more silver tone to it than the backing of the pin itself.
This is in very good condition, with the back showing age (not visible when worn).
These are once again more sought after as collectible jewelry pieces, to be gifted to daughters and grand-daughters to cherish and bequeath to theirs in turn.
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.