This Victorian era stick pin features a hunting theme arrangement; a riding whip, a horse shoe and a horn. The stick pin is made of 14 KT Gold and platinum, and has been acid tested as such. The stick pin measures 5 grams. The horse shoe and cluster measure approximately 5/8 of an inch. The stick of the pin makes the piece measure 2-1/2 inches. The pin is in great condition and is quite elegantly made with nice details and a shift in colors. It would make a wonderful gift for a hunting or riding enthusiast.
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.