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Basilisk and Pearl Stickpin

Alling basilisk and pearl stickpin. (J9025)

The Basilisk

A regal basilisk tempts the unwary with a luminous pearl.  Basilisks have the upper body of an eagle (or rooster) and the lower body of a serpent.  They were known for their deathly stares and venomous breath.  Beware a basilisk offering a pearl.  Finely crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

Alling & Company, the maker of this stickpin, was a maker of fine stickpins, cufflinks and other jewels from 1843 to 1915.  The firm's jewels were sold by prominent jewelers of the day, including Tiffany & Company, Bailey, Banks & Biddle in Philadelphia and Bigelow, Kennard in Boston.  The maker's mark for Alling & Co. (a shamrock enclosing "14" and an "A") is stamped on the reverse of the griffin.

This stickpin is beautifully crafted.  The pin stem is secured to the solid back of the basilisk with a sturdy collet. (see photograph below)

Cost:  Although this elegant stickpin has sold,  you will find many more
fine stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 1/4" in length and weighs 1.1 grams.  The griffin is  1/2" tall and  7/16" wide.

Alling basilisk and pearl stickpin. (J9025)

Alling griffin and pearl stickpin. (J9025)

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