Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Vintage Silver and Copper Horse Stick Pin
This vintage equestrian themed stick pin is a fantastic collectible for any horse lover. The stick pin was made in the 1910s and features a sterling silver horse head in profile, framed by a stirrup. The top of the pin is made in sterling silver and the back is made of copper. There is some nice detail to the head of the horse. The stick is made of brass and has a twist in it at center to clasp onto fabric more securely. The copper traces have a nice patina; the variety of metals that make up this vintage stick pin give it a nice color. The stick pin measures 2-1/2 inches in length and the horse-stirrup with head measures 1/2 an inch.
Stick pins have a rich and interesting history. In the early and mid-1800s, it was customary for upper class men to wear tie pins to secure their cravats. Women also took interest in these ornamental pieces and began to procure them for themselves. They began wearing stick pins to tie their scarves, however, the functionality of these items quickly evolved. Soon enough, these pins were worn on the lapels of coats and incorporated into hats. Stick pins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. To this day, collectors from around the world seek antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty. Stick pins make great tokens of friendship and memorable gifts.