Dolphin and Pearl Stickpin
Dolphin and Pearl
| A dolphin in the Renaissance style
quickly turns as if startled by a luminous pearl or rising air
bubble. The sea creature is finely sculpted with an
energetically twisting body, richly textured scales and a
determined expression. A small pink sapphire brightens the
dolphin's eye. Created by Carter, Howe & Co. in 14kt
gold circa 1900.
Carter, Howe (later 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 small "C") is stamped just beneath the 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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