Ornamental Weapon

Enamelled Gold & Diamond Lapel Pin in the Shape of a Rapier, Circa 1890

The early modern period cultivated a particularly pronounced culture of things: the grandeur of a ruler was to be proverbially demonstrated to everyone via sensory impressions, but above all the visual sense. In addition to magnificent palaces and public banquets with bubbling fountains of perfumed water, the wardrobe was of course also an elementary component of a noble appearance. If a ruler did not wear iron armour but festive attire, he had a sumptuously equipped rapier at his side. The court goldsmith Johann Melchior Dinglinger, for example, designed jewelled sets for Augustus the Strong, whose sword handles matched the cufflinks and shoe buckles. The designer of the present pin seems to have taken his inspiration from these jewel-studded Baroque ceremonial weapons - and turned the principle of the decorative weapon into a disarmingly beautiful piece of jewellery. Deep red translucent enamel on a guilloche ground, old European cut diamonds and two natural pearls evoke the rapiers of the time around 1700. Even the curved guard was designed from golden volutes. Jewellery in the form of historic stabbing weapons was worn in the Victorian era in the hair and, as here, as pins. In terms of time, this reference to baroque splendour is not surprising, for in the late 19th century industrialisation was well advanced - and contemporaries dreamed, as we do today of their time, of a distant and romantic past.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.