One of several butterfly pins currently listed, this David-Andersen pin is in the large size, 2 3/8". It features distinctive bright blue splotches in the center of the wings with a bright contrast of gray/white, gold, and dark brown. The body is also blue.
As a bit of background...
Along with contemporaries, Marius Hammer of Bergen, Norway (Andersen was from Oslo) and others from other lands (Tiffany, Faberge to name just two) David Andersen founded and led the field in beautiful enamel and other silver works. He lived from 1843-1901. His company was founded in 1876 and by 1892 he opened a second shop. Following his death, his son Arthur took over and the company is still in operation today. The success of the designs and wares of the David-Andersen company has become synonymous with many types of enamel wares including jewelry, utensils, and figural salt and pepper sets. A variety of hallmarks were used over the years with two in use since 1925 which makes it very difficult to specifically date an item. As far as we have been able to ascertain, this style butterfly pin is no longer made or sold through the David-Andersen stores.
Also, the technique used to create these multi-color David-Andersen butterfly pins is to apply transparent coats of multi-color enamel on a 'guilloche' ground (a machine-engineered pattern in the metal that in this case, depicts the veining found in nature).
The surface of this pin is very glossy (thus some 'flares' from the camera) which gives it a liquid-y appearance. It is in excellent condition with the gold wash over the sterling silver providing beautiful contrast to the enamels. If one didn't know better, you'd think it was solid gold!
The last photo shows an array of David Andersen butterfly pins from a catalog page. Over the years we have found and sold every one of those on that page plus many others! It has become harder for us to acquire at a price where we can still resell. Please search our site for more beautiful butterfly pins.
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