French ART NOUVEAU 18K Gold Filled Pin - Basket of Flowers, French Fix
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AGE: C.1930 or so
ITEM: A sweet little pin/brooch from France made of that wonderful gold filled material with the tradename FIX. The design is of a basket of flowers and the back of the pin has a simple c-catch. The pin is not overly "bright shiny gold" instead, it is more of a Rose Gold hue that is perfectly lovely! The pinstem is silver colored rather than the yellow gold coloring of the pin itself.
CONDITION: Very nice, very clean front. Nice detail/strike. The back has a little discoloration to the pinstem - perhaps something that can be cleaned but so as not to disturb the patina there is, I will leave polishing to the new owner. There is also discoloration to the top left corner - it looks like an old test mark from some jeweler who did not know what FIX was.
METAL CONTENT: French Fix (kind of a French 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: FIX within a oval cartouche
SIZE: 1-5/16" x 11/16"
WEIGHT: 2.3 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Ready to wear!
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