Victorian Oval Shaped Wedgwood Pin
Wedgwood is a well-known and accomplished manufacturer of quality ceramics. Developed by Josiah Wedgwood, ‘The Father of English Potters’, the company has been around since 1759. In 1765, shortly after starting his company, Wedgwood developed a unique cream-colored earthenware that was so adored by England’s Queen Charlotte that she gave permission for it to be called “Queen’s Ware”. The most famous Wedgwood design, however, was his Jasperware, which was the outcome of thousands recorded experiments. The result was unglazed fine stoneware which could be stained with blue, lilac, green, yellow or black which provided a background for the intricate white portraits. This is the most recognizable Wedgwood design today. Josiah Wedgwood died in 1795 however his legacy continues to live on.
This beautiful yet simple pin is a classic example of the Wedgwood craftsmanship. The piece, which is probably from the Victorian era (ca1880) portrays one of his signature looks. The oval-shaped background is a rich cornflower blue color and rests in a simply designed gold-filled setting. In the center of the piece is a portrait which depicts a virtuous woman with a cherub by her side. On the back of the pin are the original ‘c-catch’ clasp and two markings. It is very difficult to make out exactly what the imprints are but they look to be: “AWABTS” and “LSTB’?’1657”. These markings represent the month and year of when the piece was produced and the potter that made it. It’s a beautiful pin that would be great for any collector!
Measurements: The approximate measurement of the pin is 2 1/4" long and 1 1/2" wide. At the thickest point, the pin measures 3/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is in excellent. There is no apparent damage to the stoneware and the clasp is in good working condition.