This delightful and large Antique Hatpin, was at one time a wonderful Oval Brooch, with a beautiful Pietra Dura Design of Violets or "Johny Jump Ups", as we call this particular variety with Multi Color Floral Petals.
The size of the Oval frame is just shy of 2"long x 1.5"wide, and is of 18kt Gold (we tested it)....the Pietra Dura inset is 1-5/8"long x 1.25"wide...and is in excellent condition. The Hatpin itself is over 12" long....a size that was popular in the 1880's, for those very large hats that were worn.
The Pietra Dura design of violets is in deep violet, white, with amber centers, and green leaves, all inlaid in a black background to offset the design....all in such a miniature size!!...hand made during the 1880's in France.
The Gold Frame of the brooch is a tad bit pinched and wonky in a few areas...on the back are the remains of a hinge part...but it is good condition in general.
A wonderful Hatpin for your collection.....