Hard to resist ANY early 19th Century pin! They have so much genuine charm, especially when they are religious pieces like this one, with a cut out scalloped border inset with garnets.
The pin is from the 1830s, and is a portrait of a French Saint, the "Cure d'Ars" (also known as Jean Maris Vianney) famous for his generosity, his schools and miracles.
The pin has been tested and is silver on brass.
The garnets are somewhat dull, as this is more an object of devotion than an aristocratic piece of jewelry,
but the shape and proportions are just beautiful.
Rare and poetic!
Diameter : 7/8". ( 2.25 cm)
In good condition.
2 small repairs: one garnet was replaced with what looks ike a spinel. The pin at the back was replaced. Both, some time in the 19th Century.
The pin closes well.
HOW TO WEAR THESE EARLY 19TH CENTURY PINS
These pins cannot compare with our contemporary sizes.
But with a little bit of creativity, one can still keep their spirit alive. And I really believe they deserve it.
These pins can be worn as lapel pins, or in a creative assemblage with other antique pins of a similar size.
3 or 4 can easily find their place on a garment, and will of course attract A LOT of attention!
I noticed they mix fairly well with some bar pins of the Victorian or Edwardian times, including those with gems or pearls..
Also, one can display them around a delicate gold or silver necklace or a chain with a pendant.
Last, but not least, they make delightful collections, there are so many varieties!
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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