A fantastic carved skull stick pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era. A Victorian Carved Lava Momento Mori Skull Stick Pin in Original Coffin Jeweler's Box This collectible pin is an example of "Momento Mori" jewelry, which is a Latin phrase translating to "Remember that you will die." Very popular during the Georgian era, Momento Mori jewelry was meant to serve as a reminder of human mortality, and skulls were a common motif. The pieces features a small skull at the top of a base metal stickpin. The skull is hand carved from lava, which has a wonderful earthy color and semi-matte finish. The exceptional detail includes hollowed eye sockets, protruding temples, individually carved teeth, and a raised nasal bone, adding further realism to the 3-dimensional design. A fascinating and unusual historical piece, it would be right at home in any antique collection! The box itself is the original box and is from Schaefer & Martel, Jewelers, Rochester NY. It is velvet with a mother of pearl push in clasp. Momento Mori, Measurements:, Measurements: The entire stickpin measures 2 5/8" in total length. The carved lava skull itself measures approximately 1/2" tall, 5/16" wide, and 1/2" thick. , Condition: The stickpin is in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the pin base or to the carved lava skull, which is intact and free of chips or surface scratches. The coffin box is also in wonderful condition.

ITEM ID
USP05242022
ITEM TYPE
Antique
COLOR
Brown

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Victorian Carved Lava Momento Mori Skull Stick Pin in Original Coffin Jeweler's Box

$550


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