Beautiful 14k Riding Crop Stick Pearl Pin
Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Stickpins’ traditional purpose was to secure a tie or scarf but they are now currently worn as a lapel ornament, either singly or in groups. The motif atop these pins can vary widely from a simple pearl or gemstone to whimsical designs, just about anything. Stickpins all have one thing in common, the long pin that completes them. This pin can be straight or twisted (for security) and sometimes has a protective cap to place over the pointed end to help keep the pin in place.
From Elle's personal collection, this glorious 14k crop has it all, even a very small inscription for 1889, NI, likely the owner's initials. I've had this treasure in my collection for many years, I love the languid end of the crop and the stick details at the base.
Materials and Features: six pearls, 14k gold
Age/Origin: American, c. 1890
Measurements: 0.8 grams, 2.25"
Marks: inscription for "1889, NI"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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