In terms of classic antique jewellery, they don’t come more classic than this gold stock pin. There is a misconception that these gorgeous little treasures are called stick pins BUT: they were originally used for securing the stock of a gentleman’s tie or cravat so technically they are stock pins. However, conjugation means they have become known as stick pins. This beauty is exceptional, it has the usual gold staff with spiral cut into it and a large rounded dome head in textured gold. The head is set comprises nineteen little turquoise cabochons, very delicately claw set. This is a true piece of jewel craft.
As with so much Victorian jewellery, the gold is rose gold (meaning it has a high copper content) and though unmarked, tests securely around the 15 carat mark (this is a signature of age being pre-standardisation). The pin comes in a slender crimson leatherette case with silk and velvet lining. Although less practical these days this is still a fine example of the stock (or stick) pin and a wonderful collectors piece.
The pin itself is in fabulous condition. The staff is straight and the spiral clear and not polished out. All stones intact and soldering undamaged making it a still very usable piece. The box, as is common, does show some signs of age related wear and tear, though this is hardly surprising. The hinge is a little, but not dangerously, loose but the push clasp mechanism is still in good working order. Internally the silk and velvet lining remain intact.
- 2.8 inches (7.2 cm) long
- 0.3 inch (1 cm) head diameter (approx)
- 19 turquoise cabochons
- box is 3.5 x 1 x 0.75 inches (9 x 2.5 x 2 cm)
Letter A – £8.50
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