Diamond Horseshoe Pin, ca. 1915 | Charleston, Hour 3 Preview


GUEST:
The pin was actually my great-grandmother’s, I understand, and she gave it to my grandmother,
and this is my grandmother in 1918 in her wedding day. And then my grandmother had one child, my
father, and this is my grandmother on my father and mother’s wedding day in 1948, and she’s
wearing the pin each time. APPRAISER:
Yeah, in this one right here, in the first picture, you can see she’s wearing it. GUEST:
Right. APPRAISER:
And what I did notice, if you’re superstitious… I’m not putting this on you, it’s your grandmother. GUEST:
Okay. APPRAISER:
But some people… GUEST:
She wore it upside-down! APPRAISER:
She wore it upside-down. GUEST:
I saw that! APPRAISER:
So what do they say when a horseshoe’s hanging upside-down? GUEST:
I don’t know, is that bad luck? APPRAISER:
Well, they say all the luck is running out of it. (both laughing) GUEST:
Well, it could have been, though she stayed happily married for an awful lot of years. APPRAISER:
I did notice that in the other picture, she’s clearly, clearly wearing it. GUEST:
Yes. APPRAISER:
But if you do notice, she’s wearing it as a pin in both photographs. GUEST:
Yes. APPRAISER:
It’s a great horseshoe. You see a lot of horseshoes in jewelry. However, they’re not always this large. Usually, they’re quite a bit smaller. We have 37 round old mine diamonds in it. GUEST:
Okay. APPRAISER:
All right, when you add them all up, there’s approximately six carats total weight of diamonds
in it. GUEST:
Really? APPRAISER:
Really. GUEST:
Wow, I didn’t know that. I know they’re graduated– I mean, they get
smaller towards the end of the horseshoe. APPREAISER: They are graduated. They start over here, about point two zero,
which is about a fifth of a karat, and when you get all the way around to the back, they’re
about ten points each. GUEST:
Okay. APPRAISER:
So a tenth of a karat. The pin itself is made in platinum. It’s unsigned– it’s not even stamped platinum. But back when this pin was made in the early
part of the 20th century, 1915, 1920, in your case, we’ll say 1918, things did get out and
they’re not stamped. A lot of things in Europe would have been,
so my feeling is that there’s a good chance this was manufactured in the United States. GUEST:
Oh. APPRAISER:
You see how the pin is there? When you’re wearing it pinned on a garment,
you don’t see the pin. GUEST:
Right. APPRAISER:
Have you ever thought about wearing this as a necklace? GUEST:
I would love to, but I don’t know how you could do that. APPRAISER:
There’s a little hinge here. And what it would have been is a little ring
that folds down when it’s being worn as a pin. GUEST:
Oh, but it’s, like, something you can put on a chain? APPRAISER:
Right. And you could wear it… GUEST:
But then would you have it upside-down? APPRAISER:
You would have it upside-down. When you’re wearing it as a pendant the way
it was certainly designed… GUEST:
Uh-huh. APPRAISER:
What do you do now you have the pin there? Doesn’t look so great. I see a solder mark over here. Typically, the pin would have unscrewed, so
when you’re wearing it as a pendant, you would be able to remove it. At some point in time, this piece is missing. GUEST:
Okay. APPRAISER:
And this piece has been soldered stiff. The other thing you’ll notice is that it has
this beautiful, beautiful work along here, it’s all hand done. GUEST:
I didn’t know that. APPRAISER:
It’s really stunning. So any thoughts on what something like this
would be? If you went to an auction? GUEST:
I have no idea. APPRAISER:
If you had to raise your paddle and bid on it? GUEST:
(laughs): I’d be scared. I don’t know, I really don’t know. APPRAISER:
Well, I feel today, at auction, a pin like this would be $5,000 to $7,000 at auction. GUEST:
That much? APPRAISER:
Absolutely. GUEST:
Oh, my goodness, thank you so much, I had no idea.

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