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Victorian Griffin Pin

Victorian Griffin Pin (J2290)

Victorian whimsical Griffin Pin/Watch Chatelaine

This whimsical 14kt yellow gold griffin pin is a wonderful example of late Victorian Jewelry (circa 1900).   During the latter part of the Victorian Period, the jewelers created many whimsical scatter pins and watch chatelaine pins in the form of animals, birds, insects and fantasy like creatures.   The griffin was a common design of the period and is seen in many forms of jewelry including pins, watch chatelaine pins, brooches, hat pins, watch fobs and pendants.   The maker is possibly American.

Chased and repoussed, this griffin has a wonderfully textured body and wings and a serpent like coiled body.   He holds a small baroque pearl (possibly natural) in his mouth and has a small round cabochon green stone set in his eye.

This diminutive pin is very well made and has exceptional detail and design.

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

Measurements:   1 inch wide from wing tip to wing tip; 1 inch tall from head to tail.

Rear view of Griffin Pin (J2290)

The back of this pin has a  "c"  shaped clasp, hallmarked and a later hinge.  Also, there is a sweeping chatelaine hook for suspending a small pendant or lapel watch.  Watch chatelaine pins were very popular during this time.  The watch would be suspended from a decorative pin and worn on one's dress or lapel.

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

Carter dragon and crescent brooch. (J9384)Antique serpent and wings stickpin. (J9003)Alling basilisk and pearl stickpin. (J9025)

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