Late Victorian Silver Gilt Tiger's Eye Bug Pin
A wonderful insect pin from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! Crafted in gilded silver, this lovely piece depicts a large bug created with realistic 3-dimensional details. Three vibrant cabochon tiger's eye stones represent the bug's body and head, while curled antennae sprout from the top, and 6 bent legs peek out from the underside of the body. The tiger's eye stones have beautiful deep brown and golden caramel colors, which are iridescent and flash when turned in the light. On the back is a secure bar pin and c-catch clasp, perfect for fastening the piece to a favorite garment. A wonderful example of Victorian gemstone insect jewelry, this unusual pin would make a special addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 3/8" long, 7/8" wide, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gilded silver setting. All tiger's eye cabochons are intact and securely set and the pin clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition. The golden gilt finish has worn away from the legs and antennae of the bug, however, this does not detract from the beauty of the piece.