Antique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin BroochAntique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin Brooch

Antique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin Brooch

A favorite of mine that needs to find a new home to care about it. This beautiful Brass French Champleve Enamel Saber Stickpin Brooch started out as a Stickpin. I am told by family it was converted to a brooch sometime around 1925 – 1935 give or take a year. My husband's family had members in the U.S. Cavalry going back as far as there were horses and Cavalry riders, so this being used by one of his relatives to show support is no surprise. I have no idea as to it's actual creation date, but from the workmanship one can assume it could be from the late 1800s.

It is wonderful, but does have a few condition problems I will make you aware of shortly.

First let me tell you that all of the light blue inlay enamel is present and in perfect condition with no color loss and no splits or cracks. The entire pin measures 7 ½ Centimeters long, or just under 3 inches, and 15 mm wide or approximately 5/8 inches at the widest part of the hilt.

Masterfully detailed to recreate an actual Saber the handle has texture as would a real sward to facilitate grip. I point this out because all other parts of the inlaid hilt are smooth as one would expect. Painstaking expert hands certainly crafted this piece. The hand guards are beautifully swirled and detailed too, so much to be seen and admired in this pin.

There are also 15 raised Marcasiet like fleurettes that embellish the sabers casing which is in two parts. At one time had a chain connecting the lower part of the scabbard or case to the top, this not only recreated an original saber but also kept the end piece from being lost. However at some point in its life the bottom holder broke where the chain would connect to the ring that held it. This perhaps being the reason it was converted to a brooch. Catherine was never sure of this point.

On the reverse we can see the mounted pin, which further indicates that this is was converted. Had this been manufactured as a pin this closure would have been quite different in that this kind of closure was sold to jewelry stores as a kit and using it requited mounting it on a platform. The pin action works perfectly as does the thumb clasp, it will securely hold your brooch in place for many years to come. Unfortunately the pin is not marked in any way as to a maker.

To recap CONDITION; all enameling is in place and intact. It is an early conversion of a stick pin into a brooch. I can not detect any damage except for the loss of the chain that once was on it and the ring that held the chain in place is broken. There is very slight age wear that should be expected in a piece of this age, but nothing that stands out. I take close up high resolution pictures and even the smallest mark looks large but to your eyes, you can't see it. The pin has been lightly cleaned, but can be cleaned and polished by a jeweler should you wish to make the metal shine again.

IMPORTANT CAUTIONARY NOTE: THE TIP OF THIS STICK PIN PROTRUDES PAST THE END OF THE SCABBARD. It is sharp as it was once the “pin” part of it. You can see this in my photo's here in the listing. Steps can be taken to render this dull, and any reputable jeweler can help you with this also.

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ITEM ID
RL20173511
ITEM SIZE
almost 3 In L
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
MATERIAL
Brass, Enamel
COLOR
Blue, Gold, White

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Antique Brass French Champleve Enameled Saber Stickpin Brooch

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