All the rage in the '40s, king and queen crown pins often were fabricated in sterling during the war years. Set with colorful rhinestones and art glass imitating gem stones, the pins came in myriad sizes to satisfy appetites of the powers that be. Their popularity continued well into the '60s.
The sterling silver example presented, circa 1940s, features blossoms and bead finials with a fleur de lis topper. Three majestic pear or briolette shaped unfoiled and open back set art glass stones in sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green add rich color and subdued sparkle. Four variously colored chaton rhinestones accent at base while a row of pave set clear chaton rhinestones rim.
The crown pin measures approximately 2 inches x 2 inches with a 3/8 inch profile or height. Briolette stones are about 25 millimeters x 8 millimeters; chatons, 4 millimeters. Weight of the pin is 24 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. Pear shaped art glass stones and chaton rhinestones free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. All settings secure. Stones retains colors and sparkle. "White" pave rhinestones uniformly clear and brilliant. No dents or improper bends to sterling base. We have opted to leave the pin's patina intact. As preferred by most, polishing is left to the buyer's discretion. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The pin is signed within a round cartouche on reverse of fleur de lis topper: "STERLING". It is faint in the photo and much more apparent in person. Circa 1940s.
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