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French Chimera Stickpin

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

La Chimère !

A fierce French chimera vigilantly guards the top of this golden jewel.  With the head of a lion, wings of an eagle and body of a serpent, this little fellow is the perfect personal gargoyle to keep evil spirits away from one's lapel or tie.  Crafted in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

Toward the close of the 19th century French jewelers created a golden menagerie of fantastic creatures and mythical beasts.  This richly detailed stickpin is a wonderful example of the work of the fin de siecle jewelers.

The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) illustrates the care taken in the jewel's creation.  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:  $725

Measurements:  This 18kt gold stickpin is  2 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 grams.  The fierce chimera top measures just over  5/8" by  9/16".

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

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