Victorian Large Pique Tortoise Shell Bird Pin
Piqué was a decorative style popular in the 18th and 19th century and entailed inlaying a fine pattern of gold or silver into tortoise shell. The metal would be heated to a very high temperature and then pressed directly into the surface of the tortoise shell. Once cool, the tortoise secures around the metal. Now a banned material, Antique tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible.
This pin is a beautiful example of the piqué art form! Made of a very rich, dark tortoise shell, the pin is from the Victorian period (ca1880) and absolutely wonderful. The pin itself has been hand carved to portray a bird in flight with a 3-dimensional look. The wings, neck and tail each has a fantastic mixed metals pique feather design on the surface, giving texture and depth to the piece. On the back of the bird is the original bar pin which is in good working condition. The piece is truly a work of art and in beautiful condition. It would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures 1 1/8" wide, 2 1/2" tall 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 tortoise shell or the inlay gold and silver and the clasp is in good working condition.