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Posted 2 years ago


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This is a so-called Blackamoor stick pin or hat pin. Gold or silver (it's so tiny I can't make out even the color, but it has a gold color even after polishing) enamelled with a Ruby or Garnet. The head is of onyx or black chalcedony with coral on the head. I would really like to get your opinion on this. There are two obties as far as I am concerned.
The first is that this is a French gold enamelled Blackamoor dated c 1870. The second option is dated mid 1930. How can I date and know what material the head itself was made of. It's all so tiny. Please your opinion !

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  1. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    How long is the stick pin?
  2. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Hello bratjdd, Thanks for your quick reply. The pin itself is 6.5 cm(2.5"). The whole Blackamoor pin is 8.7 cm (3.5").
  3. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    WOW!! I love it ,Thanks i would like to post what i believe is a pin to can you give me advise?? Thanks again.
  4. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Thanks Kevin, again you are right it must indeed be a stick pin. But please could you also explain what is crimping?
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Hi Kevin, In general I understand English well and after you explanation my first idea was right. This stick pin, the watch fob and also a large beautyful Satsuma brooch I could buy a bargain. It strikes me that many people actually often sell antique jewelry and are unaware of the value. At least in my area. Is this also the case in the U.S.?
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Here in our country we don't have often garage sells. And if there are there is old furniture and paintings and so on. But we have a "local" version of eBay. When I started my serious collecting I sold also a very very old Micro Mosaic pendant for a good price but far under the really value. So, I've to learn also!
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    I just discovered that my very nice Micro Mosaic dove brooch (also here on CW) was sold at Christies in London for the amount of $3002, lucky me! But I don't want to sell I love it too much!
  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Thanks all the fans who loves this blackamoor stick pin!
  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Thanks Bellin68, we share this love
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Thanks scandinavian_pieces for your kind words!
  11. Agram.m Agram.m, 9 months ago
    Dr. Fluffy did you see the comparing earrings? Please take a look?
    Thanks for looking and loving.

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