Offered is a charming Victorian era sterling silver figural cowgirl brooch. I have no proof ... but I think the lovely lady portrayed in this brooch is Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was tremendously popular in the late 1900s thu the 1920s. Victorian to Edwardian eras. Annie Oakley had a bit of a prominent nose and the profile seen in this lady shows just such a nose. Typically antique brooches of this style portrayed ladies with more delicate features. The lady in the brooch is definitely a cow girl ...... she has the large hat, the wind swept hair and the a knotted kerchief. I've enclosed some photos in the listing, both of Annie Oakley and of a Victorian cowgirl post card.
This pin is not marked as far as maker goes, but the workmanship is very fine, in line with the quality of Kerr and Unger Bros. The brooch is only marked "Sterling Top". It fastens with an old "C" clasp. This pin is in very good vintage condition with no damage, no dents, really quite pristine for it's age. It is VERY 3-dimentional! It measures 1 1/4" tall x a little over 7/8" across, just under 1/2" thick.
This is a wonderful old piece, sure to appeal to anyone who collects antique, art nouveau or Victorian era sterling silver jewelry. Or if you are an avid fan of empowered women, women's rights or even cowgirls, Annie Oakley did much for these causes. At a time when women did not even have the vote, Annie Oakley did much to help women's causes, not only contributing from her hard earned fortune but to go on to say that all women should learn to shoot a gun because it very empowering.