A New Look At Old Bar Pins

Getting to Know The Bangkok Fair Look through any American jewelry trade catalog from 1880 to 1941 and you’ll see one or more variations on the popular bar pin. Look through several decades’ worth of catalogs and you’ll see how these narrow, elongated brooches evolved. You’ll also realize that many of the styles, decorative elements, materials, and manufacturing techniques were around longer than you ever suspected. Catalogs from the 1880s show mostly gold and gold-filled (called “rolled gold plate”) “lace pins” and “shawl pins,” which were usually die-stamped and engraved. Sometimes a small cameo or some black enamel tracery (taille d’épargne enamel) was added. Catalogs from the period also display selections of gold bar pins featuring wire-twist and bead decoration in the Etruscan Revival style, a carryover from a style that had been popular during previous d

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