This delightful lady came in several different sizes. This is one of the medium sized pins. It measures 1 3/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide. The sterling is in excellent minus condition. It is comprised of what is called hollow wall construction. Meaning they stamped (poofed) her out & then soldered a plain thin sheet of sterling to her back. It is hollow underneath that wonderful bulging design.
That lovely nose & chin, rounded cheeks poofy hair & hat rim are well defined & without dents. She does have a couple of those pin point sized faint dimples (see one in her cheek) and a couple of those 1/32" shallow indentations from normal usage. There appears to be a faint loss of fine definition lines to the roses, some of the basket weave of her hat & some portions of her hair from usage & old abrasive cleaners. But we find no holes from wear in her surface. The backside of the pin does have it's original to manufacture air hole. This was for heat to escape when soldering the front to the back & the pin stick and clasp to pin. Pin hinge is original & smooth working. Pin stick is straight with a good point. The C clasp has been replaced with a more modern sterling locking clasp. Don't let this bother you-we never do. The backside of the pin has some of that uneven surface towards the rims. Some is original to manufacture & some is from usage.
The backside has a strong Unger Bros-Sterling hallmark. Unger's Art Nouveau items are some of the best from that time period & are avidly sought by collectors. Per Rainwater the dies for the Art Nouveau jewelry were no longer used after 1910. A great pin by a highly desirable company at a super price. We currently have the bonnet lady watch fob for sale - Item 475.
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