Antique 10 Karat Rose Gold occupational pin was undoubtedly worn by a professional butcher. It was definitely a custom made piece that was worn with great pride - possibly at some sort of convention. There was a professional group known as the "Butchers National Protective Association of America". It reminds me of a piece that would have been worn by an early 'guild' member.
SUPERBLY Detailed Solid Gold pin depicts the "tools of the trade".... a meat saw, cleaver, carving knife & honing steel (sharpening rod). It is AMAZING that this Miniature tools badge has survived in such GREAT CONDITION for more than 125 Years! RARE surviving example of a C.1880 Victorian Butchers emblem MEASURES ~ 5/8 x 3/4 Inches and is unmarked (as was most 19th Century Victorian jewelry made in the United States). It has been professionally acid tested and I GUARANTEE it to be at least 10K Gold. Retains ORIGINAL Fully Functional tubular hinge, pin stem and 'c' clasp. I have not cleaned or polished it and it looks SUPER!
I have never seen another... would make a GREAT Gift for a butcher, chef ~ grill-master or addition to your Victorian occupational badge ~ pin collection!