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Item/Description: Antique ca 1800s (Victorian-era or older) sterling silver & colorful enamel Maple leaf inside an ancestry-style escutcheon/crest/shield-design lapel pin/pinback (pin back).
***This exquisitely stunning Canadian/Canada-style “Maple Leaf” pin is breathtakingly colored a dazzling array of hues - royal/cobalt blue, lawn green, golden yellow, burnt orange, and snowy white.
Excerpted Online Research Information About Various Types of Antique Jewelry Closures, Clasps, Catches, Hinges, Findings, & Fastenings/Fasteners (attributed to http://vintagecostumejewelryinfo.blogspot.com/2009/10/brooch-clasp-types.html AND http://reviews.ebay.com/Dating-Vintage-Jewelry-Victorian-Clasp-amp-Hinges-AB-apos-s?ugid=10000000021198683): “A C clasp is a piece of metal or plastic in the shape of a C that catches the pin on a brooch. Most C Clasps were used pre-1900 as the rollover or safety clasp was invented and in use by 1910. The use of a C clasp usually indicates an older piece of jewelry, especially when the pin part also overhangs the side of the brooch. However, because c clasps are still occasionally used (usually in plastic), you should not rely on the clasp alone when dating a piece of vintage jewelry.
Victorian & Edwardian Hinges. Victorian hinges were primarily tube hinges and were quite wide. These pins taken at various close-ups all feature the early tube hinge which is a long tube shaped metal to which the pinstem is attached, often hand made. Tube hinges came into use in the Georgian era and were used almost exclusively until the late Victorian era when they started being replaced by narrower hinges.
In the 19th Century a variety of hinges came onto the scene. The one thing Edwardian hinge designs had in common was their narrow width compared to the Victorian hinge. The tube hinge while still in production became much smaller and riveted hinges were introduced as shown in the left picture below. Edwardian brooches often had the old c clasp although the pinstem was shorter and not extending beyond the brooch. The shorter pin as well as the new advent of hinges will help you distinguish your Victorian pieces from Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco...”
Age/Period: Antique - ca mid-1800s to Victorian-era (pre-1900s/19th century)
*We arrived at this time period estimate based upon the type of fastening/fastener/finding on the back side of the pin - a “C” clasp/catch, with a pin shaft that protrudes well beyond the end of the “C” closure. The longer the distance that the pin protrudes beyond the “C” closure, the older it is.
In addition to the “C” closure, the handmade/hand made hinge used is a somewhat wide “tube” hinge to which the metal pinstern/pin stern is attached. .
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Reverse side of pin is marked with the embossed/raised relief wording “Sterling”.
Material(s)/Format: Sterling silver & enamel
Size/Measurements: Just over ˝"H x nearly ˝"W
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Decorative face/front side of pin is near mint, evincing no noted enamel loss, cracks, dings or dents. Sterling silver back side of pin exhibits a smattering of dark marks &/or rubbing. The old fashioned pin closure locking mechanism remains intact, closing securely.