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1998.5096 (RS21893)

Description

Large silver pin in the shape of a pointed oval with a white guilloche enamel surface. At the center is a coat of arms quartered with rampant lions and castles surmounted by a crown and surrounded by a stylized collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. This appears to be the coat of arms of Castile y Aragon and the Spanish Netherlands, sometimes referred to as the "Lesser Royal Arms of the Spanish Monarch."

Details

Label
It is unclear why the Tucker family would own a brooch made by an Attleboro, Massachusetts company that depicts the Lesser Royal Arms of the Spanish Monarch. More confusing is why the Watson company would produce such a brooch.
Maker
Watson Company (Maker)
Date
1910-1938
Inscriptions
Stamped on reverse top and bottom center pin as well as shield which was molded separately: ""STERLING/ [crown ""W"" lion]""
Location of origin
Attleboro, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
enameling
molding (forming)
silver (metal)
soldering
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
Enameled
enameling
heraldry
Heraldry
Molded
molding (forming)
Pin, Clothing
pins (jewelry)
Silver
silver (metal)
Soldered
soldering
Dimensions
1.5 x 0.25 (WxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.5096
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
24212
Reference Notes
Rainwater, Dorothy T., Author. American Silver Manufacturers. EVERYBODYS PRESS, 1966.

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