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French Chimera Stickpin

French chimera stickpin. (J9247)

La Chimère II

A French chimera hungrily pursues a small golden ball.  This fierce gargoyle has the head of a an eagle and body of a serpent that morphs into a vine decorated with acanthus leaves.  The acanthus leaf above his watchful, hooded eye is an especially nice touch.  Crafted in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

French jewelers of the late 19th and early 20th century created a fantastic menagerie of creatures and mythical beasts.  This beautifully designed, richly detailed stickpin is a wonderful example.

The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) illustrates the care and sturdy manner in which the jewel was created.  The French assay mark for 18kt gold (an eagle's head) and an indistinct maker's mark are stamped on the upper pin stem.

Cost:  Although this elegant stickpin has sold,  you will find many more beautiful stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.

Measurements:  This 18kt gold stickpin is  just under 3" long and weighs 3.0 grams.  The fierce chimera measures  9/16" by  1/2".

French chimera stickpin. (J9247)

French chimera stickpin. (J9247)

The small indentations along the upper left of the pin stem are the French assay and maker's marks.  The upper reverse of the chimera is stamped "DEPOSE" indicating that at one time the design was registered and protected in France.



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

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