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Antique Stick Pins
by: Anonymous

Hi thank you for writing in with the following hallmark questions:

"I have an antique stick pin that is stamped 14k and has a Bell with the letter "A" in the middle of it. I am wondering if anyone knows this hallmark/maker. The stick pin is the MOST unusual I have ever seen being a Devil smoking a pipe with Ruby eyes and a Diamond in the pipe. Thanks! "

How intriguing. That's what's so wonderful about antique stick pins nothing was forbidden from the Victorian imagination except sex! A popular motif was the snake which was often coiled around a stone or another object and was formed from plain gold or enamel and gold.

The rapid spread of wealth by the 1860's meant the demand for jeweler of all kinds was expanding. Jewelers could now experiment not only with new techniques but also with new designs and some were quite bizarre!

Domestic objects, animals, human heads of all races , wild conjunctions of the human and the animal were used and the jewellers who made these stickpins could let their fantasies run wild in these tiny works of art in a way that they did not in larger pieces of jewelry.

Concerning the mark A in a bell - this was used by ABEL BROS. & CO., INC. 16-18 Maiden Lane NEW YORK CITY.

best wishes,

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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