At this point, you can say that we have a collection of orchid pins! Having fallen in love with one, we have sought out others and this is the latest variation. We do this because there is, thankfully, quite a demand for them!
This wonderful orchid pin is a unique variation to the others in the collection in that instead of the stamens being marcasite encrusted, these are enamelled. It 2 1/2" x 1 3/4".
The lavender petals are accented by rows of shiny faceted marcasites. The 800 silver has been modelled to make the petals appear ruffled in a very skillful way to emulate the way the real-life cattleya orchid is formed. The petals are enamelled in shades of purple and the leaves are a great complimentary contrasting green. The center of the orchid and the part leading up to it is a deep shade of purple. In the book, 'Antique Enameled Jewelry', a similar orchid pin is depicted.
You will be thrilled with this pin. A true knockout. When you search my site for the other pins in the collection you will see that this can be grouped with one or more of the others to make a real statement!
The condition is very good except for the tips of the lime green stamens where some of the enamel is chipped. Priced accordingly and because that area is an opaque enamel, readily repaired. Frankly, the reason I have not had it repaired is that I feel it adds something to the look of the piece as it shows good, honest, wear exactly where you would expect it - on the high point of the pin.
On the back side there is an impressed '800' mark and on another part the impressed letters 'GB' for the unidentified maker. We believe this was made in Germany and likely modelled after others designed by Alice Caviness. Over the years we have had other enamel and sterling orchid pins and most have been marked Germany.
To see the others, search our site with just the word 'orchid'.