This beautiful, antique pin has more than meets the eye, with a long history of tradition...
Known as Zeeuwse knoop/Zeeland knoop, and traditionally used in the costume of the Zeeland Islands (SW Netherlands) this style of button jewelry has been in use since at least the 17th century. I have found many examples of the Zeeland knoppen (buttons) used in antique jewelry, but only one other example of this size. Most likely used to pin a sash or belt, it is made of silver metal balls circled with varying types of fine wire filigree (note that some are spiraled, while others have a checkered pattern). The center is a curling 'S' shape of these buttons, encircled by an oblong set of 14 buttons -two of these being extra large. This design is mounted on a slightly tarnished (sterling?) silver framework base, with the most interesting pin bar lock I've ever seen: it features a separate x-shaped lock that lifts into place to keep the pin bar locked tight! So cool.
While I'm not a jewelry expert and have not had this piece examined (we are still in a quarantine), I have done extensive research and feel confident in stating that it is REAL silver -as evidenced by its weight, the tarnish, as well as the history of these pieces (always made is silver or gold). The other examples of Zeeland button jewelry from this time are usually a .835 purity silver. The weight is approximately 37 grams (using a mechanical pocket hanging scale).
Unfortunately, there are no maker's marks or other markers. The overall condition is excellent, especially given its age, with only some light patina and surface soiling, plus one small area where base is slightly bent. Please see photographs for full details, this piece was purposefully left unpolished.
- 8.4 cm length
- 6.5 cm width
- 6.5 cm pin bar length
- approximately 2 cm depth
- approximately 37 grams in weight
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