Wait...before you scoff at how dark and grungy this pin looks, read on and maybe change your mind. Yes, it's old and unpolished but that's by our choice. We want you to see the age and patina and character of this piece before its history is polished away.
No ordinary pin, this was designed (and signed) by Charles Layng in the 1920s. Layng was a New York jeweler and originator of something called 'The Coolidge Pearl' (that's President Calvin Coolidge). In a photo we found online, Mr and Mrs. Layng are shown with a box of his pearls
as he reads her the letter he received from president Coolidge, giving him the honor of naming beautiful pearls in his collection the "Coolidge Pearls". No doubt, this was a great honor for Charles Layng.
Layng jewelry is rare...we can't remember ever having anything he designed. This is a great pin. It's heavy solid sterling silver. The back has a worn rodium plating.
The rose in the center of the bar-shaped pin is detailed with many petals. There's a small rose at each side of the big rose.
The pin measures 3 inches across by 1 inch high. It weighs 31 grams. The back is marked STERLING - CHAS. H. LAYNG. Secure rollover clasp.
So that's the background on the pin. Of course it would look good polished up to a bright silver. But we leave it up to you because we kind of like the dark and grungy. It took decades to look like this (much like our happy wrinkled faces).
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Old 1920s Sterling Silver Rose Flower Pin by Chas. Layng