Rare 1830 William IV Coronation Lapel Pin Enamel Silver
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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 691596
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So your ancestors weren't on the royal guest list in 1830? Well, it's still not too late to "inherit" this extraordinary antique enameled silver pin.
Given the high quality of the jewel, it was most likely produced in a very small quantity for the new monarch's guests at some special event marking his succession. I've seen none like it before and don't expect to see another.
As 1830 was the year when King George IV died and his brother William IV succeeded him, it's certainly a commemorative jewel. Adding to its rarity is the fact that the actual coronation didn't take place until almost a year later in September of 1931, which is the date seen on the usual souvenirs available to the public: medals, tankards, plates, jugs and such
This brooch has further historic interest as a gorgeous example of the enameler's art -- which faded with advances in gem-cutting. Ornately enameled settings were essential to important jewelry, until more brilliantly faceted stones could command attention on their own. Here see a wide array of enamel colors -- royal blue, golden yellow, orange and green -- which required a great deal of expertise to combine. All remain vivid and losses are slight. The brooch was obviously prized and well cared for. We obtained it from an estate in England, naturally enough.
Measuring almost 1 1/4" (3.17 cm) round, it has the open C clasp, T hinge and sturdy elongated pinstem one expects in a piece of such antiquity. It would be splendid lapel accent and conversation piece for any collector, whether man or woman.
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