What a wonderful and rare find for your collection of fine antique jewelry! Offered is a chimerical stickpin by turn of the last century French jewelry firm Plisson et Hartz. It is a sea creature in 18K gold, holding a red stone in his mouth. The stickpin is 3" long and weighs 6.4 grams. It is marked with the French eagle hallmark for 18K gold, the Plisson Et Hartz makers mark of a cat between the letters P and H, and is numbered 2966. The stone tests to spinel.
Plisson et Hartz excelled at making beautiful and creative jewelry. Plisson et Hartz was the first to produce chimerical jewels, with gold griffins and mythical monsters. Using the goldwork techniques developed in France during the 1870's and 1880's Plisson and Hartz worked together to create their wonderful jewelry between 1898 until the death of Plisson in 1904.