Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Victorian 14K Gold Branch & Leaf Stick Pin
This lovely naturalistic antique pin featuring a leaf twisting around a branch is made with nice hand engraved details and much care. This is a fine example of Victorian era jewelry that was made with superb craftsmanship. The leaf that curls around a realistically rendered branch is made of 14 karat yellow gold. There are no marks on the stick pin but it has been acid tested. The stick is made of 10KT gold and has been tested. The stick pin measures 3-1/2 inches and the branch measures approximately 1 inch in size. The pin weighs 2.5 grams.
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 secure 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. This first generation of pins were made with gold, pearls, precious stones and gems. Over time, stick pins became less ornate and more subdued. To this day, collectors from around the world seek antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty.
This stick pin is a fine example of a Victorian antique, as most jewelry was inspired by nature and had a romantic touch. Circa 1880. This piece wakes a great addition to any antique collection.