Who’s Wise? Pavé Turquoise Owl Stickpin in Box
Some years ago we saw a venerable older gentleman wearing a stickpin similar to this Victorian one. We have wanted one ever since but had not the fortune to find one costing less than a princely sum. Once again our sister goddesses, the Moirae (The Fates) have graced us with their smiles and we were able to uncover this one.
Quite scarce, the figural form of an owl is pavé set in silver with cabochons of turquoise. Wise old eyes of garnet cabochons gaze forward with a silver beak right between. He roosts upon a perch, silver gilt claws keep him steady with wings keep close to his sides. The stickpin is of 14k yellow gold and sports a triple twist.
The exterior of the leather box is cobalt blue and embossed with a scalloped gold edge. With a white silk and velvet interior, the box reads “Jeweller and Silversmith, Benj. Harral, Eldon St. Barnsley, and at Nexboro”. Interestingly, there is still a business listed with this name in Barnsley.
Measurements: Bird and stickpin together have a combined length of 3-1/8 inches (7.9 cm) and 3/4 of an inch for bird alone by 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) at the widest. This antique stickpin has a weight of 6.6 grams (4.3 dwt). The box is 15/16 of an inch (2.3 cm) by 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) by 3-7/16 inches (8.7 cm).
Condition: Very good; turquoise has variation of color due to handling over the many years; slight bend to the stickpin. Box is in good condition; scuffing to the top showing some white or off white; bottom also scuffed and has a white sticker; interior velvet is stained slightly and scuffed.
Date & Origin: Circa 1850 - 1860 and is English in origin.
Overall Scale: Small