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Fierce Chimera Stickpin

Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291)

Winged Lion

Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291)

A lion-headed creature with the wings of an eagle and sinuous, twisting body of a serpent protectively curls around a small luminous pearl.  This chimera stickpin was created by Alling & Co. in 14kt gold circa 1890.

Alling & Company was a maker of fine stickpins, cufflinks and other jewels during the Victorian era and early years of the 20th century.  The firm's jewels were sold by the carriage-trade jewelers of the day - Tiffany & Co., Starr & Marcus and other luxury retailers.  The Alling & Company maker's mark, a three-leaf clover with "14" and "A" in the leaves is stamped on the upper right reverse of the lion-serpent.

The stickpin is beautifully crafted with a sturdy gold pin stem and solid gold back (see photo below).

Cost:  $385

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 1/4" long and weighs 1.4 grams.  The winged lion-serpent measures 9/16" by 9/16".

Winged lion and pearl stickpin. (J9291)

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