These historic treasures will delight anyone of Polish heritage and can be worn equally well by a man or a woman. Both feature the crowned eagle associated with Poland and its royals for more than a thousand years. The bird's stylized form is most like the versions favored by medieval monarchs Przemyslaus II and Wladyslaw Lokietek for their coins and coats of arms.
As noted in a separate listing, the pre-Victorian pin has certain details of fabrication that let us date the jewel very precisely to the time when a wave of patriotic nationalism swept through Europe -- redrawing imperial maps in some cases, although the 1830 uprising in Poland failed. To compare this with our dated William IV coronation pin from England, type 1830 in the search box; you'll find the fastening hardware is identical: same old T-hinge, ovoid C clasp and thick, elongated pinstem. Most likely made for and prized by someone who participated in the uprising, the brooch measures 1 5/8" high and 1 1/4" wide and bears now-indiscernible silver marks on the clasp.
The early 20th century piece, already antique by American 75-year standards, presumably celebrated the nation's return to independence after hundreds of years of partition by its neighbors. This lasted through an interbellum (inter-war) period of about 20 years between the end of World War I and the start of World War II. Measuring about 2" x 2", with intricate details, the pin is evidently of heavy gilt brass and it still shines like the dickens. Quality this good would be associated with the 1920s, before the Depression struck. After the second world war, Poland was ruled by the Soviet Union until the late 1980s "Solidarity" movement brought independence again, and this piece is far too well-made to be so recent.
While the older brooch remains available on its own -- search "Polish pin" to see it solo -- we're now offering a particularly attractive sale price for the pair. It would be lovely if they could be cherished by the same owner.
There's no charge for U.S.shipping, with an equivalent discount for on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!