Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Antique British Sterling Silver Four Pence Coin Stick Pin
This is a fantastic four pence coin stick pin from the Victorian era. The penny or groat silver coin is a nice antique one, made of sterling. The work on this simple looking pin is actually quite elaborate as the coin hags from a ball at the top of the pin and this joint enables the coin to move independently of the stick . When worn, this pin has nice movement, which allows for both of the sides of this coin to be seen. The penny measures 3/4 of an inch; the stick of the pin measures 2-3/4 inches. The stick pin measures approximately 3 grams. It is in great condition, with the silver having a nice color. Around the coin is a twisted silver rope design which accentuates the medallion-like qualities of this piece. The coin featured on this pin is from 1848, as is marked. The stick of the pin also has a nice twist in it, a design element that was quite common during the 1880's on all elegant stick pins.
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. Stick pins make great tokens of friendship and memorable gifts.