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18K Gold Victorian/Edwardian Enamel & Diamond Bird Stick Pin Flea Market Find $1.00

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    Posted 5 years ago

    Efesgirl
    (1013 items)

    This is one of my finds from today's markets. There is a little bit of enamel missing from the wing, but I expect I can repair that. Even the back of the bird has been enameled. Looks like gold. No marks. I will get it tested this week.
    This is the first stick pin I've seen with tiny rivets in the back.

    Thanks to the sharp eyes of Kyratango, I now know the era when this pin was made and that it contains rose cut diamonds. I had a closer look and, by golly, they are rose cut diamonds!

    UPDATE 3/17/2016: Had the stickpin tested. The actual bird is 18K. The pin itself is gold filled.

    Thanks for looking! ~Bonnie~

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    Comments

    1. TinMachine60 TinMachine60, 5 years ago
      1 dollar? What a bargain!!!! Looks like a keepsake.... with rivets....impressive
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      TinMachine60 - yep, $1.00. Yesterday I bought 14k gold for $4.00
      :-)
      I posted that yesterday.
    3. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Upon first sight, this hit me with one of those nostalgic feelings. Just for a fleeting moment, and then it was gone. Been trying to recapture that feeling and figure it out, but I guess it'll remain a mystery to me. Thanks for sharing, Girl. [;>)
    4. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      It is a wonderful stick pin!!!
      I think you got a solid gold and rosecut diamonds tweetie :-)
      It would stick perfectly in my collection ;-)
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      kyra - I had a closer look and you're right. The stones have the pyramid cut of rose diamonds. How about them apples. The construction of the pin is what made it stand out among a bunch of costume jewelry on the seller's table.
      Never had a gold stick pin before.... :-)
      I will find out the gold content this week and let you know.

      :-) :-)
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      NevadaBlades - I know just how you feel. :-)
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      kyra, is this one also decorated with Champlevé?
    8. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      I bet you'll find it is 18 carats gold :-)), first of a collection?

      When hunting I caught many among crap, could ifentify as good only because of the construction, the famous "too good to be brass" ;-D

      For the enamel, I won't call it champlevé, though on the wings it hat been applied in kind of cells.
    9. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      And perhaps, at one time, he held a tiny dangling pearl in his beak...
    10. Junkman60 Junkman60, 5 years ago
      Fantastic Find!!!! You really do shop like me!!!! The best things I own were purchased for very little money at the flea market and yard sales!!!!
    11. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      kyra - this pin does have the richness of 18K, now that you mention it.

      I wondered why the beak was bent. I should find a tiny pearl on a gold chain and add it, yes? :-) You're just super, you know that? :-)
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Junkman60 - Oh yes, we are two peas in a pod!!
    13. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Lucky girl!!!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Bonnie, if you find a pearl something like on this bird... Will have to be super tiny!

      What! I'm super??? Oh, no, just an awful, ugly, troll, cockroach! LOOOOL ;-)
    15. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      oops forgot the link :-/
      https://www.rubylane.com/item/784631-419/Antique-Sterling-Silver-Iridescent-Enamel-Swallow
    16. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      OK , you ugly old awful cockroach troll....I LOVES YA! :-D
    17. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      I have a new avatar, accordingly to Auntie's feelings towards me... MWAHAHA!

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