Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothers, has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their pieces are quite sought after and still remain highly collectible today.
A gorgeous Riker Brothers pin from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This wonderful piece is made of 14kt yellow gold and portrays the shape of an oval shaped buckle with a cutout center. The buckle has a slightly concave face and the surface is detailed with a geometric pattern of deep blue enameling with a line of lustrous pearls at the center. Two buckle claws attach at the inside of the pin and on the back is a secure pin clasp which is hidden when the pin is worn. The clasp is stamped "14K" and on the back of the pin is the Riker Brothers sword hallmark along with "14K". The pin looks lovely on and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures a little less than 1" tall, 1 1/8" wide, and has a depth of 1/8”.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or enameling. All of the pearls are intact and the pin clasp is in good working condition.