I wish I knew the maker of this lovely 19th century unmarked German pin card. It is an unusual one, with its portrait front and a blank back with no advertising. Like those pins made by the Neuss Brothers in Aix La Chapelle, the heads of the pins on this card are made of glass. The glass was made especially for this purpose so that it was easily fusible and could also remain viscous sufficiently long for the forming of the head. It had to be bright without the necessity for polishing and yet not be brittle.
This pin card measures 2 ½” x 3 ½”. It is made of two pieces of heavy cardboard covered with white buckram and decorated on the front with textured olive green paper topped by a Dresden framed center cameo profile of a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite woman. The back is covered with maroon coated paper. Thirty-eight glass headed pins in multiple colors pierce the buckram around the edges.
The card is in excellent condition. The only flaws are is a bit of toning to the white buckram and a spot of discoloration on the back of the card. Please examine the photos and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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19thc German Glass Head Pin Card- A Pre-Raphaelite Beauty