Fierce Chimera Stickpin
|A fierce dragon in mid flight prepares to lunge
forward and breath fire on whatever has caught its wary
eye. This fiery beast is beautifully sculpted with finely
detailed wings, rippling body scales and a dramatically curving
torso. He is the perfect diminutive gargoyle to
guard a wearer's lapel against evil spirits and other
malefactors. Created by Link & Angell in 14kt
gold, circa 1900.
Victorian jewelers created a menagerie of fine jewels featuring exotic and fantastic creatures. Fierce dragons, basilisks and griffins all graced the elegant jewels of the era. This stickpin is a beautifully detailed 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 of the reverse beneath "14K" for the purity of the gold.
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