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Antique Safety Pin with Sapphires & Diamonds in Gold, circa 1910


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Antique Safety Pin with Sapphires & Diamonds in Gold, circa 1910
Antique Safety Pin with Sapphires & Diamonds in Gold, circa 1910
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With each dress fashion also emerged (and disappeared) special, matching forms of jewelry. In the years shortly after 1900, when ladies liked to adorn themselves with large scarves and collars made of lace and other light fabrics, a special kind of brooch appeared, which was supposed to hold these loosely draped accessories tightly together. "The safety pin, as the smallest, most delicate toilet piece [...] is to be needed in all forms to a lady's toilet. Who even suspects the limit of usability of such needle? They are necessary for cravats and ties, for jabots and collars, in a larger form for belts, skirt and jacket closures, for gathering up wide sleeves [...]." Thus, in 1904, the Deutsche Goldschmiedezeitung extolled the usefulness of the pin in an article called "The Jewellery as a Gift." The brooch here is a luxurious version of the safety pin. A sapphire cabochon is set on the side of the gold work, framed by a wreath of diamond roses. Two bands of calibrated sapphires lead to the bars of the brooch. Cleverly, the stones are set in closed frames so that nothing could get caught here in a scarf made of delicate fabric. The reduced formal language and the use of calibrated sapphires are quite typical of the years around 1910 and already hint at the strict aesthetics of Art Deco. Presumably, the brooch was made in Germany. The hallmarking reveals that it was subsequently exported to the k.u.k Habsburg Empire. We were able to acquire it from a Salzburg collection and brought it from there to Berlin. It is very well preserved.
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Many little everyday helpers are so common and everyday that we often can hardly imagine that even these little things once had to be invented. To get along without them seems so difficult that it seems unimaginable that they have not always existed. The zipper is one such example, the Velcro fastener, or also: the safety pin. In fact, the safety pin was invented by the American inventor Walter Hunt, who applied for a patent for it in 1849. It quickly made its way around the world, so that in France it is still called (not quite correctly) "Épingle anglaise".
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Antique Safety Pin with Sapphires & Diamonds in Gold, circa 1910
Elegant and Secure
€ 980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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