Tally Ho: Essex Crystal Hunt Brooch / Tie Pin
During the time of Napoleon Bonaparte, stock pins, used to secure neck wrap, were essential to a gentleman’s wardrobe. In addition, these pins were traditionally part of the fox hunter’s ensemble of a white stock tie worn wound around the neck twice and square knotted like a cravat and affixed with such.
Rendered in 14k yellow gold and two white gold accents in the handle and clapper, this stock pin is known as a “fox head and crop” style. Incorporating a superb three-dimensional Essex crystal of a fox head, this gorgeous piece of early 20th century sporting jewelry is equally suitable as a lady’s brooch or as a man’s tie pin. Anyone with an equestrian bend or an interest in hunting would welcome this piece of history.
Condition: Excellent; light wear as expected with age and use with some minor scratches on the rim of the crystal visible with a loupe or very close inspection.
Hallmarks: “14k” and engraved initials “F.J.S.”
Measurements: 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) in length; crystal is 9/16 of an inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. Has a weight of 5.9 grams.
Date & Origin: Circa 1910 and is American in origin.