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Early Victorian Skull & Crossbones Stick Pin

Early Victorian Skull & Crossbones Stick Pin

$950.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1840

A striking early Victorian skull and crossbones pin in 15k gold and silver, and set with diamond eyes. It dates from the 1840s, with great detailing.

The Skull & Crossbones motif is an ancient one, becoming widespread with the medieval Danse Macabre symbolism. It has often been used on military flags or insignia and as a warning of the ferocity of the unit displaying it. It became associated with piracy from the 14th century onwards, possibly even earlier. By the 15th century, the symbol had developed into its familiar form.

STONES 

Diamond

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 1.9 x 1.5cm

Length of pin: 6.8cm

WEIGHT 

5.5g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as 15k gold (pin is 9k gold)

CONDITION

Very good

Early Victorian Skull & Crossbones Stick Pin

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