Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver and 14kt. yellow gold Gorham Victorian era figural stick pin circa 1880. This stick pin features a sterling silver mouse on a 14kt. yellow gold pin. The mouse is very dimensional on the front. He stands 5/16" tall. Figural stick pins were widely popular in jewelry during the 1860-1900's. The mouse is 5/8" tall X 1/2" wide (maximum dimensions). The entire length is 2-3/16" overall. The reverse of the mouse is marked "Sterling" + "Gorham". The piece weighs 3.8 grams.
Gorham has been in business since 1831. It was a major manufacturer of silver during the heyday of American silver production, 1860-1940.
Victorians used everything as symbols. Mice are the personification of self reliance. They are small and have many enemies, but have strong instinctual traits which help them survive. This stickpin was probably given to someone who was able to take care of themselves.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
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