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Golden stick pin with love knot motif, Zerrenner circa 1955

When, after the long years of war, food shortages, currency reform and the first reconstruction, the lust for life returned to German cities and parlours, when the economic miracle made possible the first new prosperity in the centres of industry and trade, the art of jewellery design also awoke to new life after many years of a dreamless sleep. The goldsmiths and jewellery designers of the late 1930s and 1940s had often vacillated indecisively between the forms of a strict, geometric Art Deco and state-desired repetitions of Biedermeier and historicist elements. In the course of the new beginning and the liberation from the dark years, all at once the forms also became free: asymmetries moved in, hand in hand with abstraction, as was also the case in the art of these years. In this brooch from the 1950s we see an old symbol reinterpreted. It is an abstracted love knot motif formed from voluminous strands of gold. This creates a stick pin as was fashionable in the era of the economic miracle - with a subtle love reference. Similar to the love knot brooches common in the 19th century, the so-called "True Lover's Knots", the golden elements of our brooch are laid into each other like the affection of two lovers and nestle against each other. A sign of sincere attachment and still today a meaningful symbol that makes an ideal gift for a person to whom you always want to tell how much you love them. The brooch came to us from private property in northern Germany and, according to the stamping, was made by the Zerrenner company in Pforzheim.

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