Enameled stickpin, circa 1900 - 1915. The head is 1/2" x 3/4", and the total length is 2 1/2". The metal is not marked, which is not unusual for the time period. The pin is in excellent condition, with signs of very mild use, especially on the reverse of the head and the pin stem. The guilloche is intact.
The flower is a snowdrop (Galanthas nivalis), one of the very first flowers to peek through in the spring, and a symbol of hope and new beginnings.
Guilloche enamel is made with a machine milled base, which produces the wavy lines and details under the clear enamel. The snowdrop is crafted in the manner of cloisonne; the flower outlined in very thin silver wire. The various glass enamel colors are applied by hand.
This labor-intensive process was first popularized by Faberge in the late 1800's. Nearly all lovely hand finished pieces, such as this one, were made prior to WWI.
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