A baroque pearl is about to take flight in this winged Edwardian 14 karat gold watch pin by Carter, Howe & Co. The brooch has beautifully detailed wings, a bloomed gold finish, and its original "C" clasp.
Carter, Howe & Co were one of the oldest and largest manufacturing jewelers in the United States. They were founded in Newark, NJ in 1841 by Aaron Carter and remained in business until the early 1930’s, a period of time that coincides with Newark being the fine jewelry manufacturing capitol of the US. During the firm’s long history it went through many name changes as partners came and went. Among them are Carter, Sloan & Co from 1881-1896; Carter, Hastings & Howe & Co. from 1896-1902; Carter Howe & Co. from 1902-1915; and Carter, Gough & Co. from 1915-early 1930’s. Carter, Howe & Co. were known for their gold jewelry, most of it in 14 karat gold. Given the design and construction of this brooch it most likely dates from the Carter, Hastings & Howe or Carter, Howe period.
SIZE: 1-5/8" wide x 1/4" high
MARKS: the Carter, Howe maker's mark of a "C" inside and arrowhead; and "14K"
AGE: early 20th century (pre-1911, when safety clasps were invented)
CONDITION: excellent antique condition. There is a little glue visible on the underside of the pearl, suggesting that it was re-glued at some point.
Edwardian Winged 14 Karat Gold Watch Pin with Baroque Pearl by Carter, Howe & Co.