This pretty little antique pin is a pointed oval shape with amazing dimensional detail. The top has a raised oval area with 3 tiny prong set stones, 2 look like rubies and the other looks like an old diamond. There are tiny little decorative balls artfully place along the outer edge. There is a small loop soldered on at the center back of one side for hanging something else (chatelaine items?). The back has its original framed glass locket section for holding hair or other keepsakes complete with a little bit of old silk. I neglected to take a picture of the locket frame & glass when I removed it from the back, but the old silk is very fragile & I don't want to remove it again. The pin closes with a ‘C’ clasp.
The pin has English hallmarks in 3 places. The primary mark is under the ‘C’ clasp end of the pin with ‘a shield containing 3 figures; “9”; “.375” and a capital “B” in script. I’m not an expert in English marks, but I think the shield represents the town of Chester and the capital script ‘B’ the date 1798-99. The other side, partially under the stick pin, has what I think are the maker’s marks. They are difficult to read, maybe “AJS?” or the other way around with the “S” first? The top side of the pin is marked again with “9” “.375”.
Measures: 2” (50cm) across x about 3/4” (12cm)
Condition: There is a tiny dent on the back out edge by the pin hinge. The 'pin' of the c-clasp is a little bent. The silk inside the locket is very fragile and one bit is missing.
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