No ordinary enamel pin, this red cardinal bird pin was made by the famous Fish & Crown company. They were originally Fish Enterprises of the UK and Crown Enamels of the USA and when they joined forces in the 1980s...well, cloisonné enamel pieces were elevated to new heights.
The cloisonne technique used involves fine wires to delineate the design with the spaces in between filled with high-quality enamel colors shaded in meticulous detail. And what better subject than a beautiful red cardinal bird with a vibrant red feather coat sitting on a branch of green leaves with red berries.
The pin measures 2 by 1 3/4 inches. The back is 22 ct. gold-plated with a secure rollover clasp. The back has the CROWN symbol with the FISH shape inside it. Many pieces were not signed...this one is...but you can also easily identify their work by the cross-hatch texture on the backs of all their pieces. This cardinal pin is in excellent condition.
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