This gorgeous antique pin made of 14K gold (tested) is set with a luscious large cabochon of angelskin coral, the most precious type. A stunning adornment for your lapel, scarf or hat, it dates circa 1870 and measures slightly more than 2 5/8 inches long. The gold frame that surrounds the stone has a lovely hand-chased edge and measures a little more than 5/8 of an inch tall by half an inch at the widest. Probable origin would be American (most likely New York, given the quality), since European gold usually has a phalanx of hallmarks.
As you see, the pin is in superb condition. It even comes with an antique fastener of the same period, although we can't be sure it's original to the jewel. The locking neb slide, which appears to be made of gilt brass, bears its manufacturer's name, HOLD-ON, along with the Patent number 3009. Assuming this is an U.S. design patent, the number dates it to 1868. (As a standard American patent, that number would date it to 1843, which seems a bit too early.) The mechanism is self-locking; you need to pull on the small end piece in order to slide it off, so you can enjoy this treasure without worry about losing it.
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