Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a bronze mid-Victorian (or older) era figural stick pin circa 1860. This stick pin features a bronze head of Lady Liberty (Liberte) in the traditional laurel wreath and Phrygian or Liberty cap of the French Revolution. She has yellow gold and silver plating on a yellow gold plated pin. The head is very three dimensional. Figural stick pins were widely popular in jewelry during the 1860-1900's. The Liberty is 1/2" tall X 5/8" wide (maximum dimensions). The entire length is 2-1/2" overall. The pin is marked "Sterling", but is not.
This Liberty cap is an artistic representation of freedom and the pursuit of liberty. The Lady Liberty head was the model for the Statue of Liberty and is featured on the French seal of the Republic.
Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver, to make silver-gilt. It is done by chemical or electro-chemical plating. Gold-filled jewelry is composed of a solid layer of gold, constituting of at least 5% of the item's total weight, that is mechanically bonded to a base of sterling silver or some base metal. The related terms "rolled gold plate" and "gold overlay" may legally be used if the layer of gold constitutes less than 5% of the item's weight.
There is no wear on this piece. The stem is lightly tarnished
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Caroline's Jewelry with a Past has been on the web since 1995