This stunning Arts and Crafts pin is unsigned but is unmistakeably by the celebrated English silversmith, Bernard Instone. This pin is mounted on 9 carat gold, unmarked but tested. I believe it was created circa 1925-1930.
Bernard Instone was born in 1891 and died in 1987 but stopped working in the 1960’s. He trained in Birmingham and Berlin and set up his own company in 1920. He was very influential in the British Arts and Crafts movement and his work is now highly respected and collected. A recently published book by Tracy Henrikson showcases his work. It also features two of the photos of items I have previously sold.
The pin measures 1 and 3/8” (4cms) and it weighs 12.4grams.
The circle pin is ornamented with the flowers and leaves, typical of Instone pieces. They overlap the edge of the circle. It is set with six differently shaped gemstones. .I have tested them all. From the top clockwise they are garnet, peridot, tourmaline, amethyst, aquamarine and citrine. They look terrific against the gleaming gold of the leaves and flowers.
The back is neatly finished and there is a fully functional safety clasp. The stones are open backed for maximum reflection.
This pin is extremely rare .It is truly exquisite and in excellent vintage condition. It will arrive in a gift box.
English Arts and Crafts 9K Gold Gemstones Circle Pin - attrib Bernard Instone
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