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Throughout history hands have all been captured in expressive motif in antique jewellery. They draw attention to unruly bodies and desires, they represent status and idealizations and expectations of gender, emblems of love and power, strenght and romance.
Here a meaningful example of French hand stickpin with natural pearl from Victorian era.
Yellow gold sets the scene for a three-dimensional pin in the form of the outstretched hand .
Gently held between the thumb and the forefinger is a shimmering natural saltwater pearl measuring approx 3.1 mm in diameter, perhaps a love message.
Beautifully rendered the hand has an engraved cuff with fine details and shows visual and textural appeal.
Artfully crafted in 18 Kt yellow gold in Paris during Victorian era by a master goldsmith F.V., marked with French hallmarks.
Very good overall conditions commensurate to use and age.
18 yellow Kt gold, tested
assay French eagle's head from Paris, maker FV and countermarks
1 natural saltwater pearl non drilled measuring approx 3.1 x 2.8 mm in diameter; (
hand is 10.6 mm wide and 19.4 mm long; pin is 6.7 cm long
very good overall condition