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Griffin Pin by Riker Bros.

Fiery griffin pin from Riker Bros. (J3578)

The Griffin and the Sword

Griffins, chimera and other mythological creatures have often inspired the creators and admirers of fine jewelry.   This wonderful brooch features a winged serpent with the head of an eagle.   He is angrily coiled around the blade of a bejewelled sword, while a fiery red stone flashes as his eye.

Created by Riker Bros. during the 1920s, this griffin brooch is strongly reminiscent of the serpent jewels they popularized during the late Victorian period.   We date this charming brooch to the later period because of the characteristics of the serpent and the type of clasp on the back (see photograph below).

Crafted in 14kt gold and set with four small diamonds in the handle of the sword, this piece is representative of the craftsmanship and artistry with which Riker Bros. created all of its wonderfully whimsical jewels.

Cost:  Although this brooch has sold,  you will find many more beautiful brooches in the Antique Brooch Gallery.

Measurements:  This stylish 14kt gold pin is 1.0" from the tip of the griffin's wings to the lowest point of its belly.   The jewel encrusted sword is 1.25" long.



Rear-view of estate griffin pin. (J3578)
This view of the back of the pin shows how well the piece was constructed.   Even from the rear you can sense the wonderful three-dimensional impact of the design.

Also, note the sturdy safety clasp and chatelaine hook from which a lady's pendant watch can be hung. These elements help us date this piece to the early 20th century.



Here is a close-up of the Riker Bros. hallmark - an "R" above the curved blade of a saber - and the 14kt gold mark.   Riker Bros. was one of the leading American manufacturers of fine gold jewelry during the late Victorian and Art Nouveau periods.   The firm was especially well known for whimsical griffin brooches and delicate jewels created in enamel.

Close-up of griffin pins hallmark and gold stamp. (J3578)



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

Art Nouveau brooch of woman. (J9316)Antique serpent and wings stickpin. (J9003)Alling basilisk and pearl stickpin. (J9025)



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