Dating to the 1860s, thisVictorian 14 karat gold and red branch coral lace or bar pin features 2 chased grape leaf designs on front, and a third on the gold band wrapping the cylindrical coral nugget.
Horizontal brooches like this—worn at the throat over a high collar—were just coming into vogue. The pin is imbued with meaning as well as lovely: Coral jewelry had protective properties for the Victorians, and grape leaves were associated with Christ.
The back of the pin is monogrammed with the initials “G.C.” and dated 1867. It has a tube hinge and modified trombone C-clasp (more secure than a simple C-clasp but not quite a safety clasp either).
Measuring 1.75” long and 1/3” wide (coral nugget is 1” long), the pin weighs 9.3 grams. A professional jeweler has tested the metal fineness at 14K.
Excellent condition, with a bend to the pinstem that does not affect functionality. (Please note that photo #8 is a non-flash picture of the reverse, to make the engraving stand out; color is not “true” in this photo).
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