This great pin is primarily made of sterling and done with double wall construction (hollow center). The backside of the pin is flat and un-patterned. But the top of the pin has wonderful curved dimensional rims giving me an illusion of clouds. The center of the pin has an overlay of a very fine thin sheet of 14kt. gold. The gold's main purpose was to highlight the center motif of the Deity with their bow and quiver of arrows. Rich believes it to be Diana, I believe it to be Apollo. The sheet of gold has been blended/thinned outwards combining with the sterling to create lightly curved background lines leading into the sterling curled rims.
Both precious metals are in excellent condition with no rips, holes, dents, scratches or repairs. The pin hinge, pin stick and C clasp all appear to be the originals and are in smooth working order. The pin stick has some wave but still retains a good point. That tiny hole you see on the backside is original to manufacture. It is to allow heat to escape during solder work. I have no idea what the gold motif of the God/Goddess looked like new. Today the definition lines in the hair and robe are very light. But the facial features and the curved line of the jaw are very strong.
Holding the pin in the position it would be worn it measures from point to point 1 3/8" tall and 1 1/8" wide. The backside of the pin has lovely swirling engraved presentation. The first letter appears to be an M but I can't define the remaining two letters. Below the presentation are the STERLING and 14K marks as seen in the photo. The pin has no makers mark but Rich said he has seen this exact pin with a Shiebler hallmark. Regretfully sometimes marks were missed being applied or were not applied because a jeweler wanted to claim the item as an exclusive. A super pin for a man or woman in outstanding condition and of course, much less expensive than if signed.
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