Fierce Chimera Stickpin
|A fierce dragon rears back in anticipation of
lunging forward and breathing fire on the threat that has
caught his wary eye. This fiery chimera is beautifully
sculpted with elegant wings and finely detailed scales that
shield its dramatically curving body. He is the perfect
diminutive gargoyle to protect a wearer's lapel against evil
spirits and lurking malefactors. Created by Link &
Angell in 14kt gold, circa 1900.
Victorian jewelers were inspired by a golden menagerie of exotic and fantastic creatures. Fierce dragons, basilisks and griffins all graced the elegant jewels of the era. This stickpin is an especially beautiful example.
The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) is as well crafted as the front. The maker's mark of Link & Angell ("L & A" in three links of a chain) is stamped on the reverse beneath the gold purity mark "14K".
Cost: Although this elegant stickpin has sold, you will find many more fine stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.
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