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Unusual Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif

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Unusual Early 19th c Pin Crescent and Vines Motif
This enchanting antique Victorian pin from a Philadelphia estate features a crescent moon embellished with an elaborate floral design and wreathed in twining vines with fabulously detailed tiny leaves. Its romantic style, restrained size (1" x 1 1/4") and layered "architectural" construction lead me to believe it's Early Victorian or perhaps even older. Further, based on a few areas with deep green patination, the metal beneath the gold surface appears to be bronze, which also suggests great age.

The only thing that keeps me from declaring this brooch Regency or even 18th century Georgian is the hinge; it isn't an old T and is probably original. Obviously the present safety clasp of silver metal was a 20th century addition, and the pinstem was shortened to fit the new catch (not a bad idea, since very old ones were so long they can easily draw blood). These changes aren't apparent when worn and make the jewel more secure and comfortable, but our price reflects them as imperfections. There's also age-appropriate loss of the gold finish here and there, but most can't be seen without extreme magnification. In fact, the brooch still glitters like the dickens. This is a fascinating, high-quality jewel that's without a doubt hand-crafted.

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