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Carrington dragon stickpin. (J9505)

Carrington Dragon

Carrington dragon stickpin. (J9505)
Chimera and exotic creatures were favored "pets" among jewelry makers and wearers during the decades around 1900.  A golden menagerie of griffins, basilisks, dragons and other fantastic beasts populated the jewels of the era.  This beautifully sculpted stickpin by Carrington & Co. features a fierce dragon menacingly crouching as if readying to lunge forward and exhale a stream of fire.  Finely crafted  in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

The back of the stickpin (below) illustrates the care  with which Carrington & Co. created jewelry.  Note the stout pin stem which is anchored to the back of the dragon with a sturdy collet.  Also note, the clean surfaces and edges on the back that are as nicely finished as the finely detailed front.  The Carrington maker's mark (a boxy "C" enclosing "14") is stamped on the upper left of the reverse.

Cost:  $725

Measurements:  This stickpin is  2 9/16" long and weighs 3.5 grams.  The dragon is just under 5/8" tall by 3/4" wide.

Carrington dragon stickpin. (J9505)

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