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Posted 2 years ago


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I bought this pin this afternoon at the Goodwill store.
I was intrigued by the design and asked to see it, thinking it might be a new piece.
Happily I discovered that it was quite an old piece, solid, and unmarked,( not happy about the unmarked part :)
I think it's brass, but I'm not sure,......of course I was hoping it might be silver.
It measures 1 5/8 " X 1 7/8 "
I believe it depicts blacksmiths at work.
Would love to know what others think about it.


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  1. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Thanks Stef!
    Have a great night!
  2. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Before I went to bed last night I examined this piece thoroughly to discover nothing.
    The longer I have it,( not yet 24 hrs ), the lovelier it becomes:)
    I tried an acid test for silver with no conclusive results, except that when I rubbed a corner on the testing stone it didn't wear through to the brass color that I expected.
    We'll see.
    Have a great day everyone!
  3. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Thanks Lulu and Packrat!
    Have a great week full of great finds!
  4. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi Burdek, that is a really nice piece.., English? If you can find someone who can weigh it in air and then in water (needs a balance set up for this) and post the weights (best to be in grams to two decimal places) I can tell you if it's brass or silver, and if neither, some likely alloy matches. Best wishes, Jim
  5. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Sorry, I meant budek, J
  6. Militarist Militarist, 2 years ago
    Two comments. See all the grapes in the frame? The guy on the left is holding a cup. I think this is wine related. Grape press?
    For E A; have you ever heard of white brass?
  7. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Thank You Jim! If I can get the piece weighed both ways I'll let you know.
    Happy 4th!
    and Militarist, thanks for your comments. I think you might be correct about it being a wine related subject, seems to make most sense,( looking at it again ).
    Best wishes both,

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