Vintage FRENCH FIX Stickpin/Stick Pin - Saint Cecelia, Patron Saint of Music & the Blind
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AGE: C.1930 or so
ITEM: In an Art Nouveau style, here's a lovely gold filled stick pin/stickpin from France depicting Saint Cecelia, patron Saint of Music and the Blind. The lady appears in the manner of a Roman Lady and holds a harp or lyre. With the Saint's profile to the front, the back of the top bears a violin, laurel leaves and a ribbon banner.
CONDITION: Very nice with no problems I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: French Fix (the French version of English pinchbeck). This is a metal combination that has the look/appearance of 18K gold but has a rose gold underlay. If the yellow gold wears, the rose gold appears giving the pin the most unusual color combination. However, the yellow gold layer was usually so thick that this usually never happened. Some dealers argue that FIX is a gold filled material, others will say it's a high gold overlay over a secret formula base. Whatever anyone decides, it is what it is - a piece of jewelry that has already lasted for many, many years with no dark spots!
HALLMARKS: At the back of the top, FIX on the lower bottom.
SIZE: Length of the pin is 2-5/8". Pin top measures 1/2" high/wide.
WEIGHT: 1.4 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: St. Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, even if the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. According to the story, despite her vow of virginity, she was forced by her parents to marry a nobleman named Valerian. During the wedding, Cecilia sat apart singing to God in her heart, and for that she was later declared the saint of musicians. When the time came for her marriage to be consummated, Cecilia told Valerian that she had an angel of the Lord watching over her who would punish him if he dared to violate her virginity but who would love him if he could respect her maidenhood. When Valerian asked to see the angel, Cecilia replied that he would see the angel if he would go to the third milestone on the Via Appia (the Appian Way) and be baptized by Pope Urbanus. After his baptism, he found an angel standing by the side of Cecilia, and crowning her with a chaplet of roses and lilies. The martyrdom of Cecilia is said to have followed that of Valerian and his brother by the prefect Turcius Almachius. The legend about Cecilia’s death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church. Her feast day is celebrated in the Latin Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox churches on November 22. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.
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