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Antique stickpins are miniature works of sculpture that sit atop gleaming columns of gold.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries fine stickpins were created in an almost limitless variety of designs, styles and motifs.  They are an elegant testament to the inspired imaginations, exquisite craftsmanship and stylish elegance of the past.
Gothic Revival Lady in Cloak stickpin. (J9009)



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Carrington dragon with diamond stickpin. (J9439)


Dragon and Diamond  A greedy dragon clutches an oversized diamond in its outstretched maw.  The beautiful sculpting of this chimera reflect the artistry and skill of jewelers in the past.  Created in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

French sea serpent stickpin with pearl. (J9129)


Serpent de Mer  A writhing sea serpent clutches a luminous pearl.  In the late 1800s French jewelers created a menagerie of fantastic and mythological creatures.  This boldly sculpted sea serpent with life-like fins and a tail that appears to be floating in water is a wonderful example.  Crafted in 18kt gold,  circa 1900.

French stickpin of rising dragon with diamond. (J9163)


Dragon Rising  A fierce dragon rises aloft clutching a diamond in its mouth.  The Medieval presence atop this elegant stickpin is beautifully sculpted in 18kt gold.  Created in France,  circa 1890.

Fierce lion stickpin. (J9216)


Fierce Lion  A fierce lion stares with fiery red eyes and a menacing maw.  The regal image is beautifully sculpted with a rich flowing mane, bristling whiskers and menacing teeth.  Guess who's for dinner!  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1910.   

Hans Brassler citrine stickpin. (J9377)


Citrine Embers  A vibrant citrine glows like a fiery ember with rich orange and honey tones.  The gemstone rests in a distinctive gold frame reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts style and early Art Deco.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   

Hans Brassler Egyptian Revival stickpin. (J9136)


Pharaohs and Scarabs  An Egyptian Revival stickpin with two Pharaohs flanking a heliotrope (bloodstone) scarab.  The two Pharaohs and other design elements are finely sculpted with a rich patina that throws the myriad details into high relief.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    

Gothic Revival Lady in Cloak stickpin. (J9009)


Lady in Cloak  A mysterious maiden stares outward from beneath a hooded cloak.  This late Victorian stickpin in the Gothic Revival taste is wonderfully sculpted and richly detailed.  A small diamond is suspended from a golden chain lying across the shoulders of the richly embellished cloak.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.   

Hayden Wheeler monkey and pearl stickpin. (J9189)


The Philosopher  A monkey contemplates a small pearl while nonchalantly scratching his back.  The Victorians loved jewels with hidden messages and secret meanings.  This beautifully sculpted stickpin offers a lesson in humility.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Victorian collie reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9049)


Border Collie  A vigilant border collie watches from within a Victorian reverse intaglio.  The pooch is beautifully sculpted with a finely detailed coat, whiskers and soulful eyes.  Crafted in 18kt gold,  circa 1880.

Alling & Co. dragon and pearl stickpin. (J9081)


Alling Dragon  A fantastic winged creature with the head of a lion and body of a serpent coiled around a pearl. A nice example of the Victorian fascination with mythological creatures.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.   

French Belle Epoque stickpin. (J9184)


Belle Epoque  A beautifully designed French stickpin from the Belle Epoque period set with sparkling rose-cut diamonds, a luminous pearl and bright ruby.  Finely crafted in 18kt gold and platinum,  circa 1900.

French chimera stickpin. (J9247)


La Chimere 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.  Crafted in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

Hans Brassler amethyst and diamond stickpin. (J9383)


Amethyst and Diamond  A rich purple amethyst rests between rising volutes accented with laurel leaves.  Beneath the laurel wreath a small diamond sparkles.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  

Hans Brassler peridot stickpin. (J9141)


Peridot Circles  Radiating circles frame a glowing green peridot cradled by sweeping golden bridges.  An imaginative wedding of Gothic Revival design and Art Deco geometry by Hans Brassler.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  

Art Nouveau bat stickpin. (J9470)


The Bat  A bat swoops down from atop a golden stickpin with beguiling charm and menace.  Created by Riker Bros. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.  

NY Yacht Club burgee stickpin. (J9301)


Burgees Aloft  An elegant nautical stickpin featuring the burgee of the New York Yacht Club and the commodore's flag in a beautifully carved reverse intaglio.  Created by Carrington & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Hayden Wheeler turquoise stickpin. (J9195)


Turquoise Earth  A dramatic turquoise floats like a small planet amid swirling curves.  This striking stickpin in the Arts & Crafts taste was created by Hayden W. Wheeler & Co. in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

Art Deco shield and spear stickpin. (J9137)


Tribal Arts  A bright, bold shield motif accented with stylized spear points frames a mysterious, dark blue sapphire.  Art Deco jewelers often found inspiration in what were mislabeled the "primitive" arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.  Crafted in platinum and 14kt gold,  circa 1930.   

Riker Bros. classical ruins stickpin. (J9457)


Ancient Architecture  Diminutive ruins of the classical world rendered in gold and accented with a luminous pearl and three ember-like rubies. A finely crafted architectural stickpin created by Riker Bros. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Brassler laurel wreath and amethyst stickpin. (J9281)


Laurels and Amethyst  Triumphant laurel wreathes rise to either side of a rich purple amethyst.  Below a small luminous pearl glows in a golden trefoil setting.  An elegant stickpin created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.

A fierce lion with diamond stickpin. (J9131)


Regal Lion  A regal lion grasps a shimmering diamond in his mouth and stares menacingly with fiery, dark red eyes (likely garnets or rubies).  The lion is beautifully sculpted with finely detailed whiskers and a flowing mane.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.   

Hans Brassler carnelian scarab stickpin. (J9234)


Brassler Scarab A Hans Brassler stickpin with a sultry red carnelian scarab set in a stylized frame that repeats the scarab motif.  A wonderful blend of Egyptian Revival, Art Nouveau and Art Deco design.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   

Antique stickpin of entwined serpents guarding an amethyst. (J9083)


Entwined Serpents  Entwined serpents with jealous green eyes (possibly cobras) guard a regal purple amethyst.  A small fresh water pearl is set above the serpents like a distant, full moon.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Lion and ruby stickpin. (J9152)


Ruby Lion  A lion menacingly glowers while clutching a fiery ruby in its maw.  The fierce mien and flowing mane of the King of Beasts are beautifully rendered.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1910.   

Brassler Bacchus and Amethyst stickpin. (J9098)


Bacchus  Among the ancient Greeks Dionysus (aka Bacchus) was the God of Wine and amethyst was believed to protect a wearer from intoxication.  So, this stickpin is ideal for a well-dressed wine lover.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   

Link & Angell regal dragon stickpin (J9235)


Fierce Dragon  A fiery dragon rears back in anticipation of lunging forward and breathing fire on the threat that has caught its wary eye.  The perfect diminutive gargoyle to guard a wearer's lapel against evil spirits and lurking malefactors.  Crafted 14kt gold,  circa 1900.  

Brassler bloodstone stickpin. (J9060)


Heliotrope  A striking heliotrope, or bloodstone, set in a distinctive Arts & Crafts stickpin.  The stickpin reflects the influence Medieval design had on Victorian and later jewelry makers.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1910.

Victorian owl stickpin. (J9249)


Wise Owl  A wise owl perches on a branch and watches with inquisitive, bright green eyes.  The owl is beautifully sculpted with finely detailed feathers and sturdy talons grasping the branch.  The breast of the owl is engraved with the Greek letters Kappa, Phi, Beta.  

Hans Brassler jade and pearl stickpin. (J9414)


Jade and Pearl 
A verdant jade cabochon plays beautifully with the bright white luminance of a small pearl.  The jade is set in a wreath of golden laurel leaves framed by dramatic volutes that rise like the wings of a fantastic bird.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.    

Alling basilisk and pearl stickpin. (J9025)


The Basilisk  A regal basilisk tempts one with a luminous white pearl.  Basilisks have the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a serpent.  They were known for their deathly stares and very bad breath.  Beautifully crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

Hans Brassler scarab and serpent stickpin. (J9185)


Scarab and Serpents  The mysteries of ancient Egypt ... two serpents with entwined tails surround a scarab carved in lapis lazuli.  A stylized lotus blossom rest atop the serpents and scarab.  This stickpin was created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.

Egyptian Revival stickpin with sapphire. (J9206)


Deco Egypt  Alternating papyrus stalks and palmettes surround a brightly glowing sapphire.  A striking example of the Egyptian theme jewels of the Art Deco era.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1920.  

Beautifully enameled acorn and oak leaf stickpin. (J9074)


Acorns and Oak  An oak leaf and two acorns suspend from a small branch.  The oak leaf is beautifully enameled with shimmering shades of green, yellow and pink.  The acorns are set with two small pearls.  Crafted in 18kt and 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Lion and diamond stickpin. (J9188)


Roaring Lion  A lion roars while clutching a sparkling diamond in his mouth.  The lion's fierce aspect is accented with fiery red eyes (likely rubies or garnets).  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.  

Carter, Howe Art Nouveau lotus blossom stickpin. (J9440)


Lotus Rising  A golden lotus blossom opens as it reaches towards the sun.  The blossom is finely detailed in the Art Nouveau style and accented with three small pearls.  Beautifully sculpted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

Hayden W. Wheeler lapis lazuli and pearl stickpin. (J9396)


Midnight Blue  Soaring Art Nouveau "wings" cradle a midnight blue lapis lazuli in an exotic flower or perhaps flames.  The deep blue lapis glistens with small bits of pyrite (fool's gold) that sparkle like stars in the night sky.  A small silvery pearl is set below.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Alling dragon and diamond stickpin. (J9017)


Dragon and Diamond  A fierce dragon protectively cradles a small sparkling diamond.  The Victorians loved to enliven their jewels with a teeming menagerie of dragons, griffins, basilisks and other fantastic beasts.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Hans Brassler tourmaline stickpin. (J9395)


Brassler Tourmaline  A verdant green tourmaline framed by a golden laurel wreath capped with inward turning scrolls.  A wonderful example of Hans Brassler's elegantly imaginative interpretation of Neoclassic design.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   

Pan with diamond stickpin. (J9065)


Pan  The god of wild places and shepherds watches with an impish grin and fiery red garnet eyes.  A sparkling small diamond sits atop this richly detailed stickpin.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.   

Hayden Wheeler winged scarab jade stickpin. (J9059)


Winged Scarab  Soaring wings surround a scarab carved in dark spinach-green Jade.  The winged beetle rests atop a stylized lotus blossom.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.   

Brassler Citrine lyre stickpin. (J9113)


Brassler Lyre  The Neoclassic form of a lyre wedded with the flowing, organic lines of Art Nouveau.  This elegant stickpin is accented with a smoldering orange citrine and a small white pearl.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.  

Carter, Howe serpent and diamond stickpin. (J9209)


Serpent and Diamond  An inquisitive serpent slithers up a golden post seeking a sparkling diamond.  The serpent is wonderfully rendered with an expressive face and sinuous, twisting body.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Arts & Crafts stickpin with a small diamond. (J9078)


Arts & Crafts  The Arts & Crafts movement created jewels of tranquil beauty that found inspiration in natural, organic forms.  This elegant stickpin with a small sparkling diamond is a wonderful example.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900. 

Brassler moonstone stickpin. (J9105)


Brassler Moonstone  A luminous moonstone set in a rich gold frame with a Greek key border.  The goldwork gives the jewel a mysterious ancient feel.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1910   

Egyptian Revival stickpin with amethyst and pearl. (J9126)


Alling Egyptian Revival  The flowing, geometric design of this stickpin is a wonderful example of the inspiration jewelers in the the early 1900s found in the arts and architecture of ancient Egypt.  Created by Alling & Company in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

A regal griffin and sapphire stickpin. (J9135)


Griffin and Sapphire  A beautifully sculpted winged lion-serpent fiercely guards a bright blue sapphire.  The tail of the fantastic creature flows beneath the sapphire with elegant scrolls and acanthus leaves.  Beautifully crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Art Nouveau stickpin with sapphire and pearl. (J9176)


Sapphire and Pearl  Entwining Art Nouveau curves cradle a luminous pearl and bright blue sapphire.  The flowing curves come together beneath the sapphire to create an open heart.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Winged serpent stickpin with pearl. (J9027)


Winged Serpent  A winged serpent warily grasping a small pearl.  This little fellow has a lot of charm. The perfect miniature gargoyle to keep demons from your lapel.  Beautifully crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

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Laurel Wreath and Moonstone  The classical elegance of a wreath of laurel leaves surrounding a luminous moonstone.  The laurel wreath is exquisitely crafted and detailed.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Victorian stickpin with sea serpent and pearl. (J4805)


The Serpent and the Pearl!  The late Victorians loved whimsical miniature jewels with fantastic creatures.  This wonderful 14kt gold stickpin features a winged sea serpent clutching a pearl.  Circa 1890. 

Wise owl and pearl stickpin. (J9008)


Pearls of Wisdom  A wise owl perched on a branch with a freshwater baroque pearl.  Note the rich details of the owl's feathers and head.  Two small rose-cut diamonds are set as eyes.  Beautifully crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.

Carter, Howe Art Nouveau stickpin of woman and pansy. (J9166)


La Pensee  Beauty, wisdom, strength ... all are embodied in this Art Nouveau stickpin of woman framed by a golden pansy and a hint of the rising sun.  Finely sculpted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

Egyptian Revival scarab stickpin. (J9241)


Victorian Scarab  An Egyptian Revival stickpin with a small golden scarab set in a recessed shadow box.  The scarab is finely detailed and surrounded by a frame decorated with delicate wire scrolls and clusters of small golden orbs.  Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1875. 

Victorian amethyst and diamond stickpin. (J9086)


Amethyst and Pearls  A regal purple amethyst is accented with fresh water pearls and a sparkling diamond..  The gems are set in a flowing Victorian twig-and-vine setting crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.

Art Deco Victory with pearl stickpin. (J9168)


Winged Victory  A triumphant Victoria raises a golden pearl above her soaring wings.  This stickpin is truly a miniature work of Art Deco sculpture.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1925.   

Carter, Howe winged scarab stickpin. (J9294)


Carter Scarab  A golden scarab with soaring wings.  Among the Victorians scarabs were viewed as a symbol of rebirth and regeneration and often attributed amuletic powers.   This finely crafted example was created by Carter, Howe & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1900.   

Alling winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9023))


Winged Lion and Pearl  The Victorians populated their stickpins with a teeming menagerie of flying lions, griffins and fiery dragons.  This charming example features a winged lion with an elegant tail of foliate scrolls.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Brassler Sapphire and Pearl stickpin. (J9092)


Sapphire and Pearl A rich blue sapphire and a luminous white pearl set in a free flowing Art Nouveau stickpin.  A wonderful example of the imaginative designs of the early 1900s.  Created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.   

Art Deco jade stickpin. (J9269)


Deco Jade  A boldly geometric stickpin set with an elongated jade cabochon.  A wonderful example of the influence of Chinese art and architecture on Art Deco design.  Created by Taylor & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1930.

Stickpin with a fiery dragon protecting a golden sceptre. (J9055)


Dragon and Sceptre  The Victorians celebrated an exotic menagerie of mythical and whimsical creatures atop their stickpins.  This pin features a fierce dragon protecting a golden sceptre while warily watching with a dark green eye.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900. 

Carter, Gough Moss Agate stick pin. (J9000)


Carter Moss Agate  An elegant Art Deco stickpin featuring a striking Moss Agate set in an eight-sided white gold bezel.  Created by Carter, Gough, a maker of fine stickpins, cufflinks and other jewels, in 14kt white gold, circa 1920.

Victorian 15kt stickpin of a winged lion.


The Flyin' Lion  This Victorian stickpin features a winged lion cradled in a curved horn-like object.  A small pearl is set in front of the lion.  Wonderfully crafted in 15kt gold.




Art Nouveau stickpin of woman with flowing hair. (J9047)


L'Art Nouveau  A beautifully sculpted stickpin of a serenely watchful woman with wild, flowing hair.  A small pearl is set in the lower tresses.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Green enamel four-leaf clover and pearl stick pin. (J9037)


Lucky Clover  A beautiful four-leaf clover sure to bring luck to the wearer.  A small pearl is set in the center like a morning dew drop.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Victorian lion and pearl stickpin. (J9012)


Roaring Lion  A regal lion grasps a pearl in his mouth and stares with fiery red eyes (likely rubies).  Beautifully sculpted with finely detailed whiskers and mane.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.


Estate Jewelry Galleries


Krementz mermaid and swan cufflinks crafted in 14kt gold. (J9382)


Antique Cufflink Gallery   Elegant cufflinks from the Gold and Platinum Age of cufflinks (1880 to 1950).  Here you will find elegant cufflinks from the late Victorian through the jazzy Art Deco era.

Hans Brassler amethyst and diamond stickpin. (J9501)


Antique Stickpin Gallery  Antique stickpins from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.  Each stickpin is like a miniature piece of sculpture set atop shaft of gold.

Brassler coral brooch. (J9274)


Antique Brooch Gallery  A gallery of beautiful brooches and pins from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.

Leaf and vine engraved tuxedo set. (J9502)


Antique Dress and Tuxedo Set Gallery  Elegant dress and tuxedo sets from the Edwardian and Art Deco periods.  During this era fine dress and tuxedo sets wedded elegant design, fine materials and masterful craftsmanship.

Victorian serpent and acanthus leaf brooch. (J9069)


Estate Jewelry Galleries  Several galleries of beautiful jewels from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.  Everything from flowing Art Nouveau brooches to dramatic Art Deco cufflinks.

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