It’s a little guitar pin to wear decoratively done in Damascene. Featuring silver leaf on what appear to be ivy vines and green enameling in the scrollwork center. The strings of the guitar are actually done with wire work. Everything has been done by hand by a skilled artisan.
Measures just under 2” L x 3/4” W. Artisan workmanship is finely detailed and labor intensive. Some wear on the back. My photos were taken at a very close range and the back looks much, much better in person and will not affect wear. It is a well done beautiful pin.
Read last paragraph to see information about Damascene.
The art of applying gold or silver leaf on metal to produce a very decorative pattern is known as Damascene. The process involves using a steel cutting tool to score a design on the metal (steel) surface. After which the steel is dipped into an acid solution that darkens the background. This enables the pattern to stand out when the 24 karat gold or silver leaf is applied to the inscribed designs. Then the leaf is hammered into the design with tools that were made for use of this application. The final process involves mounting the piece onto brass. They used brass because it is long lasting and does not tarnish. Brass is also used in making fine costume jewelry because of this reason. During the 8th and 9th century, the Arabs brought Damascene work to Spain. Damascene got its name from the city of Damascus, where over 1000 years ago, the Arabs had journeyed to Spain. Ultimately the industry was located in Toledo, Spain. Sometimes Damascene jewelry is also known as Toledo jewelry.
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