1810s Diamond Pin En Tremblant
Appraised Value: $25,000 - $35,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:46)
Front Desk, Jewelry
GUEST: I was recently given this pin from my mother, who inherited it from my grandmother in Spain. And we believe it's a hat pin and is from the 18th century. My mother said that it probably came from Russia. I had a uncle that traveled to Russia.
APPRAISER: Okay. We do know that certain pieces unhook and can be worn in the hair, we believe.
APPRAISER: This is what you call a "tremblant," and if you move it, every piece moves and every one of these wheat stalks comes apart. It's made magnificently. You've got one, two, three, four. You've got four hairpins. So those are the ones that you would wear in your hair.
GUEST: Oh, I see.
APPRAISER: Your tremblants can be worn separately or they can be worn together. And this little gadget over here is the mechanism that releases the pins in the back. Don't lose this pin. That's the key.
GUEST: Oh, I see.
APPRAISER: This one here shows that it goes on an angle, and this one here wears straight up and down like a regular hat pin. Goes into a very fancy hat. Did she ever wear this?
GUEST: I don't know if my grandmother did. She probably did. My mother wore it at my wedding and she sewed the pin on her dress.
APPRAISER: She sewed it.
GUEST: She didn't know how to do the mechanism.
APPRAISER: Right. She did not have a pin, yeah. And what you have here is a magnificent, old, fitted box that has all the compartments in it for holding all the instruments. You have 14 large diamonds in this pin, and then you have over 300 small diamonds. Some are missing. Can be repaired. The back is gold, which it should be.
APPRAISER: And the front is silver.
APPRAISER: That's what tells us how old it is, see? And you say it's Russian.
GUEST: We believe he bought it in Russia.
APPRAISER: It is not Russian.
APPRAISER: It is French.
APPRAISER: It's old French. This could be made 1812, 1810, somewhere in that area. So now, with all the diamonds and the intricate setting and the condition of the piece, if this piece came up for auction-- you have over 20 karats of diamonds in the whole thing, which is a lot-- would bring about... somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness. That's great.
APPRAISER: Now, are you going to let any of your daughters wear this piece?
GUEST: No way.
APPRAISER: Not even to a prom? (chuckling)
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