Dolphin and Pearl Stickpin
Dolphin and Pearl
| A Renaissance dolphin quickly turns as if
startled by a luminous pearl or floating air bubble. The
sea creature is finely sculpted with a sinuous, twisting body,
richly textured scales and a determined, purposeful
expression. A small red gem (possibly a ruby or pink
sapphire) is set as the dolphin's eye. Created by Carter, Howe
& Co. in 14kt gold circa 1900.
Carter, Howe (and its successor Carter, Gough) was a maker of beautiful brooches, stickpins and other fine jewels featuring fantastic and mythological creatures. Founded in 1841, the firm was based in Newark, New Jersey and remained in operation until the early 1930s.
The Carter, Howe maker's mark (an arrowhead surrounding a "C") is stamped just beneath the sturdy pin stem to the right of the "14K" precious metal mark (see photo below).
Measurements: This 14kt gold stickpin is 2 3/8" long and weighs 2.4 grams. The dolphin measures 11/16" wide by 10/16" tall.
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