Art Deco FRENCH FIX Stickpin/Stick Pin - Joan of Arc
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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 the Blessed Saint, Joan of Arc. With the great lady's profile to the front, the back of the top bears a sword and banner. The designer of the piece is Edmond Becker, famous French medallist.
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. Artisan signature of BECKER on the front.
SIZE: Length of the pin is 2-9/16". Pin top measures 1/2" high/wide.
WEIGHT: 1.3 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Such a beautiful reminder of a heroic woman!
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