Excellent vintage condition; fine embossed details and lovely but very light patina, very light to no scratches. The rollover bar pin clasp is in fine working order.
Rose, Daises, and Leaves!!
Romantic and Endearing!!
Fine, Detailed Embossing Artwork!
Dress Up Any Blouse
Dimensions: 2" L X 1.5" W
Weight: Approx. 14.3 grams
S. Kirk & Son Standard of Quality
Gorgeous Repoussé design in .925 Sterling Silver!
Hallmarks on reverse is "S. Kirk & Son~Sterling~14F"
This brooch-pin has a rollover bar pin clasp in fine working order. The brooch-pin was monogrammed "MAB" inside a border of roses, daisies, and leaves. If these are your initials or these abbreviations have a particular meaning for you, you can leave the monogram on the pin or you may also remove and/or replace the monogram at your local jewelers.
The Samuel Kirk Silver Company was founded in 1815 in Baltimore, MD. In 1845, they introduced an ornate type of repoussé design as seen in this brooch-pin, which has become known as the Baltimore Style.
The patina on this piece exudes almost a century of charm, is absolutely essential to bring out the exquisite detail, and is a major design element. A regular silver cleaner might remove this patina. Unless you prefer a cleaner appearance, this brooch-pin should only be cleaned with gentle cleaners that do not remove embossing or tarnish, as this would alter the appearance. A professional jeweler could also assist with gentle cleaning as necessary.
The style of the S. Kirk & Son hallmarks seems to indicate that this piece is from between 1932 - 1961. One of the hallmarks on the back is possibly pointing to the late 1930s.
Full of Romance, Charm, and History!
More on S. Kirk and Son from the Maryland Historical Society, Library of Maryland History:
Baltimore's prominent silver manufacturing company, Samuel Kirk & Son, dates its beginning to 1815 when Philadelphia-trained Samuel Kirk finished his apprenticeship under James Howell and moved to Baltimore. Attracted by the prosperous port, Kirk opened his shop at 212 Market Street (later known as 106 Baltimore Street) with fellow silversmith, John Smith. After the partnership was dissolved in 1821, Samuel Kirk carried on the business alone until his eldest son, Henry Child Kirk, became a partner in 1846.
During this early period Kirk introduced to America the repoussé treatment for silverware. Repoussé means formed in relief and refers to a pattern which is beaten or pressed up from the reverse side. Kirk's technique was probably inspired by East India silversmiths, but his patterns were uniquely his own. Eventually he applied this technique to flatware as well as other pieces.
Business continued to prosper as the firm's clientele spread beyond Maryland. Customers included the Belmonts, Astors and Roosevelts of New York; the Lowells, Peabodys and Adamses from Boston; the Biddles, Cadwalladers and Ingersolls from Philadelphia; and the Hamptons, Lees and Davises from the South.
In 1968 the Samuel Kirk Museum, Inc. was founded to display Kirk artifacts and develop educational programs on the silver, gold, and pewter crafts. The collection was exhibited at the Peale Museum when in Baltimore, but was frequently on tour to art museums throughout the world.
NOTE: This listing includes only the brooch. Necklace and earrings set pictured for illustration purposes only and sold separately if still available.