Making Connections

It gives us great pleasure to help our clients find antiques.

Recently we received an email asking if we had a silver overlay hatpin holder. We wrote back saying that we had a beautiful lemon yellow one and we attached a photo of this holder. That same night, an order came back for the holder with a request for yellow hatpins to place in it. Now, yellow is a hard color to find in authentic victorian hatpins but we had 5 or 6 in stock and we sent a photo of those. Three of them are now part of our customers collection and have a home in the overlay hatpin holder.
In almost 20 years of specializing in Victorian hatpins, we have never before had a Satsuma with an Egyptian motif. It was in exquisite condition, had a good chopmark, and appeared to be 3 men carrying something. Could it have been the 3 Wisemen on their journey to Bethlehem? We don't know!!! But we do know that it went into a collection of spectacular Egyptian motif hatpins and our customer is overjoyed with it.
This Royal Bayreuth hatpin holder with a lady in fox hunting regalia is a Beauty. It has taken its place in a very fine collection of hatpins and holders. Our customer was looking for a special holder to show off her very lovely grouping of amber pins and it is doing the job admirably.
Shelley china is a favorite of many collectors and the chintz patterns are coming into much demand. Some are easier to find than others but Countryside is rather elusive. We were happy to find Countryside on an oleander blank with a pale pink outside and saucer. In one week's time it was on its way to Texas to join a very special Shelley collection.
Every once in a while we come upon a hatpin that takes our breath away. This Charles Horner is one of those pieces. The flowing design of the sterling silver and the brilliant enamel wrought into the design so beautifully make it a truly special work of art. The colors remind me of L.C. Tiffany's beautiful favrile glass. It has gone to join a very lovely collection of Charles Horner hatpins and it will probably be the most unusual and loved pin in the grouping.

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