This estate find is totally hand painted. No transfers were used in this piece at all. Measuring 2 1/2" x 2 ", this sash pin can be dated from 1890-1910. This type of painting was so popular , that many people partook of classes to teach them how to paint these plaques. Kits were sold in stores featuring Limoges china plaques that could be painted upon. While it is not known if the plague reads Limoges--I will leave that for the purchaser--this beautiful pin is housed on a pronged brass backing. None of the painting is damaged in anyway. A lovely thought. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, Blue Violets stand for faithfulness or "I'll Always Be True." White violets, also depicted mean "Let us take a chance on happiness." What a better way to give tribute to the woman in your life who has always stood by your side--whether mother, sister, friend or lover than this timeless work of art?
Examples of these can be found in Warman's Jewelery by Christine Romero on page 111 and the 6th Edition of Answers to Questions about Old Jewelry by C. Jeanne Bell.