Georgian Black Dot Paste Stick Pin Circa 1810
A finely made cravat pin from the 1800-1820 period. Although untested we purchased this wonderful item as silver and have no reason to believe otherwise. The four petal shape with central paste is perfect in its simplicity....remember this would have been worn by a gentleman, set within his crisp white stock (neck scarf). The twisted design on the shaft to prevent from slipping.
The five clear paste stones with their high lead content are crimped collet set in silver foil lined cavities within a white metal, closed back setting. Each silver collet is crimped (cut back) to give a claw setting illusion. The base of each cullet (bottom pointy bit of the paste stone) each has a circle of black dots with a central dot painted around it before insertion. This process gave the paste stone extra depth and extra refraction qualities that made it sparkle as much as a diamond. The pastes all expertly cushion cut with a flat table.
Size: 2.5" long in its entirety. The paste design measures 9/16" diameter. Weight 3 g
Condition - This is a two hundred year old example and so regrettably there are a few teeny flea bites to some of the stones, the smaller center stone for example. However, these imperfections are ONLY visible with a magnifier and not with the naked eye. Please study our images and zoom in, we think that you will agree that this is a gorgeous piece.
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