This fantastic stick pin is of an authentic antique bike or automobile horn with a long trumpet and rubber bulb. The bulb is made of 14 karat white gold, the trumpet in 14 karat rose gold, and the stick is 14 karat yellow gold. The stick pin is a lovely Victorian era piece, circa 1880, which today is in great condition. This delicate stick pin has fantastic detail and a nice variety of gold colors. It measures 2-3/4 inches in length and the horn is approximately 7/8 of an inch. The stick pin weighs 2 grams. It makes a wonderful unisex item, a perfect gift for someone who is a bicycle of automobile enthusiast. This piece is unmarked but has been acid tested to 14KT gold.
Stick pins have a rich and interesting history. In the early and mid-1800s, it was customary for upper class men to wear tie pins to secure their cravats. Women also took interest in these ornamental pieces and began to procure them for themselves. They began wearing stick pins to tie their scarves, however, the functionality of these items quickly evolved. Soon enough, these pins were worn on the lapels of coats and incorporated into hats. Stick pins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. To this day, collectors from around the world seek antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty.