Very scarce - especially in this colorway! This vintage pin is done in layers of transparent enamel on a guilloche ground. Unfortunately, the term 'guilloche' is a very misused and misunderstood term - even within the antiques/collectible trade. By definition, the guilloche work refers to the machine-engineered pattern that is in the underlying metal (in this case sterling silver) and what gives the unique appearance of veins, in leaves or butterfly wings, for example. Therefore the term 'guilloche' refers to the metal - not the enamel. In this pin the guilloche work is made to mimic the look of feathers in the hummingbird and veins in the leaves of the flowers.
The entire pin is gold washed. In the recesses there is tarnish which lends a good contrast to the overall design.
Most often this pin is photographed in a horizontal position with the flower on left side and the bird to the right. In reality, the way the (c-clasp) pin is set, the pin is meant to be worn in a vertical position, with the flower bud upright and the hummingbird in its normal 'hovering' position next to it.
There is the D-A hallmark on the reverse which also includes the words Norway, Sterling, and 925S. It is in excellent vintage condition with a tiny area on the top tip of the leftmost leaf vein showing as a white spot. And to be really picky - the central high points of the two leaves next to it on the right have minor scuffing. Absolutely no other anomalies in the flower bud or hummingbird. The condition as described is taken into consideration with the price. If we considered it 'mint' we would ask at least $100.00 more due to its scarcity. In fact, since this was originally listed we acquired another one of these hummingbird pins but with a red body that we are in the process of listing.
It measures 2 1/4" x 1 5/8".
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