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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Must have been my lucky day, because no matter the broken night this night, my head was clear enough to find this lovely victorian horseshoe stickpin at a thrift shop earlier today.
    Normally its a bad thrift shop where I hardly find anything, but today was an exception.
    I always look at the jewely cabinets, but I didn t find anything but junk, so I went away to look at the rest of the shop. on my way out I took another look, and suddenly I spotted this stickpin. it was a bit hidden behind some other stuff, thats why nobody else snatched it away I suppose.
    Its a victorian seedpearl and gold stickpin. I think it dates from around 1840- 1880.
    it has a twisted patern around the upside of the pin.
    The horseshoe tested as 18 carat gold and the pin tested as 9 carat gold, a bit odd.
    But for 0,5€, it was a real steal, dont you think?
    Normally I NEVER find gold, so,I m really happy with this one.
    Hope you like it!

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    1. Newtimes Newtimes, 7 years ago
      Thanks aghcollect, ivonne and kyratango for the love!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      It's gorgeous. Well found!!
    3. DangerDana DangerDana, 7 years ago
      Don't worry about the mixed metals. I see stick pins all the time here in England. The stronger (lower carat) metal always makes up the pin since it takes the most abuse. The twisting pattern was abandoned in later days. Often back then if a lady loss an earring, or something became broken or lost what was left would be refashioned in a stick pin or a shank added to become a ring. I wonder if that is the case here since one end of the horseshoe is rounded and the other squared off. That is as unusual as all the seed pearls looking orginial (which these do).
      A great find. Well done.
    4. Newtimes Newtimes, 7 years ago
      Dangerdana, thank you very much for your interesting comment!
    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      Beautiful pin, lucky you, that because the find your new symbol of luck.

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