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Polish Balalaika Pin

Polish Balalaika Pin

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Directory: New Century: Jewelry: Pins: Pre 1990: Item # 1316563

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This pin is a late 20th century rendition of a traditional Russian balalaika composed of sterling silver strings and fittings on a triangular piece of amber. The neck has a layer of what looks like pressed wood to serve as the fingerboard. There is a mark for sterling on the back of the frame and what are probably the maker’s initials of SP; the Polish mark for sterling, 1986 to the present, is on the pin stem. There is a small flake to the back of one corner of the amber body that is visible with a loupe. The pin measures, approximately 2 ½ inches long by 1 inch wide.