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Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291)

Winged Lion!

Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291) A fantastic creature with the head of a lion, wings of an eagle and sinuous body of a serpent coiled around a glowing pearl.  A striking example of the Victorian fascination with mythological creatures.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.

This miniature jewel was created by Alling & Company, a maker of fine stickpins, cufflinks and other jewels from 1843 to 1915.  The firm created jewelry for Tiffany & Company, Starr & Marcus and other fine jewelers of the day.  The Alling & Company maker's mark, a shamrock with "14" and "A" in the petals is stamped on the reverse of the lion-serpent.

The stickpin is beautifully crafted with a sturdy gold pin stem and solid gold back (see photo below).

Cost: $375

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 1/4" long and weighs 1.4 grams.  The coiled serpent-lion is  9/16" by 9/16".

Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291)

Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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