Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold

$ 850.00 

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Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold
Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold
Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold

An intricately carved antique watch pin, modeled as a dolphin, framed by scrolling ribbons and garlands of seaweed. Our dolphin friend has a tiny cabochon ruby eye; he's posed over a halved oyster shell, that holds a small natural pearl. This brooch is marked for the well known jewelers Riker Bros. The carving is very fine and the subject especially sweet. It has a c-clasp and a small loop fitting from which you might suspend a small watch, locket, or charm.

Dolphins symbolized swiftness, charity, and love to the Victorians; they would have been especially meaningful to seafaring people, and to those who lived and worked near the sea.

Materials

14k gold
Pearl
Ruby

Age

c. 1900

Condition 

Excellent

Dimensions

Measures approx 29.8 mm x 24 mm. Pearl measures approx 3.2 mm. Ruby eye measures approx 1 mm. Weight is 6.67 grams.

Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold
Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold
Antique Riker Bros Ornate Dolphin Brooch in 14k Gold