This beautiful butterfly pin is by David-Andersen in the large size - 2 3/8". It features distinctive markings in gold, green, light yellow, lavender, and black. The wings have a very 'stained glass' appearance because of the black outlining. The segments of the body are mostly pale yellow with a touch of the green. The eyes are lavender.
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.
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 this pin was made yesterday - it is that perfect!
We have many butterfly pins by other makers such as Marius Hammer, and John Atkins & Sons, so please make sure to search them out here in my shop.
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