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.