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Winged Serpent and Pearl Stickpin

Whiteside and Blank gargoyle stickpin. (J9446)

The Gargoyle



A menacing chimera with the head of a lion, a dragon's wings with the body of a serpent covetously grasps a small pearl.  This finely detailed gargoyle in miniature is perfect for keeping demons and other malefactors away from one's lapel or tie.  Created by Whiteside & Blank in 14kt gold circa 1900.

Fin-de-siecle and early 20th century jewelers delighted in creating a golden menagerie of fiery dragons, winged serpents, griffins and other chimera.  Their creations would have been at home in any Medieval bestiary.  This finely sculpted stickpin is a especially captivating example.

The reverse of the stickpin (photo below) is as beautifully crafted as the front.  Note the strong pin stem that attaches to the back of the serpent with a sturdy collet.  To the left of the pin stem "14K" is stamped for the purity of the gold.

Cost:  $465

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is 2 7/16" in length and weighs 2.5 grams.  The winged serpent is  5/8" tall and  7/16" wide.


Whiteside and Blank gargoyle stickpin. (J9446)


Whiteside and Blank gargoyle stickpin. (J9446)


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