A Victorian Gold Eagle Stick-pin
A Victorian gold eagle stick-pin, the realistically carved eagle sitting on a branch, with a round cabochon-cut ruby-set eye, mounted in yellow gold with a gold-pin, circa 1880, the jewelled part measuring 1.5×1.6cm, gross weight 4.6 grams.
A fine and detailed Victorian stick pin. This stick pin features a realistically carved eagle sitting on a perch. The feathers and claws have been meticulously rendered, and the further lovely detail of the cabochon-ruby eye adds charm to this antique piece. This stick pin brings to mind the short 1851 poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson titled ‘The Eagle’:
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
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