Posted 3 years ago
When I was 13, in 1985, I was on a driving vacation with my parents up the East Coast. They are huge History buffs and did tours of all the historic homes along the way. Being the cranky teenager that I was, I had enough of mansions and when they got to Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY, I opted to stay in the car and read my book. The parking lot was really just a lawn area with some trees near the Mansion - I guess it was on the grounds but I seem to recall it was a bit of a walk to the mansion. It was hot that day and I opened the door to let some air in while I read. This tiny glint of metal caught my eye in the grass below. I got out and tried to pick it up. This pin was tangled deep in the dirt/roots of the grass and I had to really tug and dig to pull it out. It was caked in dirt and brushed it off and here's the pictures. I have always been really curious about it. Was it a real antique? was it a pin that fell off a fancy hat on a fancy lady who was strolling the grounds? Or is it a cheap piece of metal jewelry with a broken stone that doesn't matter? The stone is a pale green, or at least it looks green. It could be a clear stone with a patina of green from corroded metal behind it? The way it is made it just has to be handmade. It just doesn't look like a machine could have made it. Looking back I guess I should have given it to the tour guide or something, but I didn't. (It was 27 years ago and I wanted to go home!) Will someone PLEASE tell me what this is??? Thought about putting it on Ebay, but I don't know if I should put a reserve of $10 or $10,000. :) Thank you!