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French Chimera Stickpin

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

La Chimere

A fierce chimera raises its wings and cries menacingly from atop this elegant French stickpin.  He (or she) is sure to scare off off any evil spirits and other malefactors that come to close.  Created in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

Toward the close of the 19th century French jewelers created a golden bestiary of fantastic creatures and mythical animals.  This richly detailed chimera is a wonderful example of the work of the French fin de siecle jewelry artists.

The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) illustrates the care and craftsmanship with which it was created.  The French assay mark for 18kt gold (an eagle's head) and an indistinct maker's mark are stamped on the upper sides of the pin stem.

Cost:  $625

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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