This Fahrner pin is so inventive with it's various components that you can easily understand why Fahrner was so popular in it's day and is widely collected now. We start with a cast 935 silver (a hair better then sterling) open work mounting. In it's center is what appears to be a collar mounted, oval, hand carved, black stained or naturally black piece of wood. In it's center is a 1/8" dia. round chrysoprase cabochon. On the outer border of the mounting you find two oval buds and ten leaves covered with cream colored enamel. The final touch is strategically placed tiny marcasites accenting the open work border to give the pin that bit of shimmer to draw your attention.
The silver is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, nasty scratches / abrasions or repairs. The pin hinge, pin stick and clasp are all the originals in smooth working order. The pin stick has a hint of wave thru out and has a good point. There is a bit of un-even surface to the collar from hand crimping the wood oval in place.
The carved wood is all intact with no missing / broken off pieces. There are two cracks at opposite ends located on the outer edge rim border of the wood. It is un-know if this is from age or a deliberate spacer for crimping the wood in place. What ever the reason they are minor and you need magnification to really see them. The motif measures 1 1/2" long x 9/16" tall. The cabochon at the wood floral motifs center is without cracks, chips, scratches or abrasions.
The enamel on the border is done in the flow on style. It is intact with the occasional pit or uneven edge rims as is commonly found with this type. The enamel is all original with no cracks, crazing, chips or repairs. All of the marcasites are there with maybe one being a replacement.
The pin measures 2 1/4" long x 1 3/16" tall. The backside border of the mounting has the marks as seen in the photo and read: 935 for silver content and the TF circle. The TF is a little blurry as it was stamped on a curve but is definitely Fahrner. We have the matching earrings listed - Item # 579 - which have a much clearer hallmark. A great Fahrner pin to wear or put in your collection!
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