Yet another variation on a beautiful theme!
The lavender petals are accented by veins 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. In the book, 'Antique Enameled Jewelry', a similar orchid pin is depicted.
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!
On the back side there is an impressed '800' mark near which are the letters H and F in italics. We have not identified that 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.
The pin measures 1 3/4" x 1 3/4". The condition of the enamel is excellent. If you look closely, you will see that there are several missing marcasites (only on the leaves - not on the top layer of lavender petals). Even a few inches away you cannot tell! Replacement marcasites can be purhased at several sites on the internet, and we would have replaced them ourselves but our antique eyes are not sharp enough to do the work! Besides we think the pin stands on its own and is 100% wearable 'as is'. Priced accordingly - if this pin did not have the teensy missing marcasites it would be priced at $450-500.00.
To see our other orchid pins, search our site with just the word 'orchid'.