Antique MISTLETOE Gold Fill French FIX Brand Stick Pin Paste Ruby Victorian Art Nouveau Belle Epoque Christmas Holiday Party Romantic Gift


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Thanks for stopping by my shop! I am selling an assortment of antique holly
and mistletoe items (some examples seen in the last photo). The majority of
these I acquired in France. Most all are 100 years old or more so they are
great conversation pieces to use or wear, and make lovely collectibles as well
as unique gifts.

ABOUT:
Offering here this French antique Art Nouveau gold filled mistletoe stick pin.
It is set with a pink paste ruby.

The patina on it is just wonderful - bloomed / layered gold with rose and
yellow gold highlights seen under magnification, exactly what you would want to
see when it comes to antique gold fill, with the organic aging over the last
100 years creating the most lovely buttery shine and rosy highlights. The pin
post is rose gold fill.

This is hallmarked for and was made by FIX. This indicates a process of high
quality hot gold foil laminating onto brass created by Francois Savard of Paris
in the late 1800s / early 1900s. This FIX mark indicates that an unusually
thick layer of 14-18k gold foil over brass forms the jewelry to withstand long
term wear. It can sometimes be mistaken for and acid tests as real gold. The
FIX stamp was registered to protect the integrity of this superior quality
laminated gold filled jewelry and the company used only the best Art Nouveau
designers of the time. It ages just beautifully.

While we now commonly associate it with the holidays, in the past mistletoe
was used year round as a symbol and design motif representing many other things
besides Christmas. In the Middle Ages in France, mistletoe was cut and offered
to wish the recipient prosperity and long life. Its evergreen leaves symbolized
'life that does not die'. In addition to long life, it was also associated with
fertility, health and even a good harvest in the months to come. In the late
1800s / early 1900s in France, it became a very popular Art Nouveau motif
representing good luck and also peace. And of course in Victorian times and
still today we see it as a representation of love, friendship and romance.

MEASUREMENTS:
About 2 1/2 inch long.

IMPORTANT CONDITION NOTES:
Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned with age to them so they are in
estate condition. Not a lot of deep scratches and the gold fill has a nice warm
patina. Light surface wear from age. A few darker spots of patina and some
tarnish. Slightest curve here or there to the pin post. Still very beautiful.
But Please note that due to age this is not in mint condition.

I would be delighted if you'd follow me in my shop. Thanks!

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