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French Chimera Stickpin

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

La Chimère !

A fierce chimera threateningly flares its wings from atop this striking stickpin.  With the head of a lion, wings of an eagle and body of a serpent, this golden gargoyle is perfect for scaring evil spirits from your lapel, tie or hat.  Crafted in France in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

Toward the close of the 19th century French jewelers created a golden bestiary of fantastic creatures and mythical animals.  This richly detailed chimera is a wonderful example of the work of the French fin de siecle jewelry artists.

The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) illustrates the care and craftsmanship with which it was created.  The French assay mark for 18kt gold (an eagle's head) and an indistinct maker's mark are stamped on the upper sides of the pin stem.

Cost:  $675

Measurements:  This 18kt gold stickpin is  2 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 grams.  The fierce chimera top measures just over  5/8" by  9/16".

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

French chimera stickpin. (J9214)

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