A beautiful and early sterling pin in the form of a salamander or lizard, with green and colorless paste stones. Marked STERLING and with an illegible additional mark. Circa 1900 or 1910, with an early C catch and safety closure. Possibly French.
A classic collectible Art Deco piece, and currently perfectly of the moment as well. The fashion world is in the midst of a major Art Deco revival, with top houses such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, and Gucci showing jewelry and accessories with a glamorous graphic moderne edge.
2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Excellent condition. Some of the stones are darkened. Photos enlarged to show detail.