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Edwardian 14K Gold Hand-Engraved Horse Shoe Nail Pendant


This long horseshoe nail has been converted from a pin and hangs from an oval bail like a dagger. The pointed shape of the nail connotes power, while the piece also expresses delicacy with the intricate hand-engravings of a flower and scrolling foliate. The dynamic is compelling, and the engravings are mesmerizing to look at, clearly done by a master, their details emphasized by a beautiful patina. 

Though unmarked, we suspect the piece was most likely made by L. Fritzsche, circa 1908, a jeweler who was known for a horseshoe bracelet with similar engravings as this one, and who was responsible for much of the equestrian jewelry created at that time.  

The pedant weighs 2.5 grams. It measures 2 1/2” in length, not including the 5.3 x 7.5 mm bail. It is 3/8” wide at the top, and 1/16” wide at the bottom. It acid tests as 14k. 

Emblematic of the popularity of equestrian jewelry, this piece also denotes power, accomplishment, strength, and skill. A great talisman that looks perfect alone on a chain or stacked with other pendants. It’s pictured here with the Victorian 18K Gold Pearl Crescent Moon, 14K Gold Signature Galaxy Moon and Stars Pendant with Diamond and Enamel, 14K Gold Edwardian Pearl and Sapphire Crescent Moon Pendant, and Vintage Handmade 22K Gold Belcher Link Chain. 

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