Written in cursive with copper or brass wire, this vintage pin can be a perfect remembrance of your Mother. The antique pins were often won or purchased at carnivals and fairs at least as early as the turn of the century. These pins can range in age from Victorian to new but in lieu of the natural patina to the wire sculpted "Mother" this is certainly not a newer one. The mother of pearl leaf is iridescent and the shell probably hand carved. The pin measures 1 3/4" x 5/8".
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