Maker’s Mark Broach
The broach is an absolutely stunning 18 ct gold cravat stick pin style broach containing a tiny maker’s mark of the Papal States.
Beginning in 1814 fine metal artists in the Papal States used this particular maker’s mark. Napoleon Bonaparte had released Pius VII from custody after nearly four years. Jubilation was so great in Rome upon his release that the artists started putting this maker’s mark of cross keys and tiara on their works in honor of the Holy Father’s safety. That practice continued until 1870 when the Papal States were taken over by United Italy.
The top of the pin is a finely detailed micro mosaic of a little dog, pale yellow and white in color.
He is laying on green grass with a night sky behind him. The border around the mosaic is a shimmering amber color. The material of the stone is undetermined.
The pin is marked 18 karat gold alongside a maker’s mark.
The total length of the pin is 4.3 cms, and the micro mosaic part measures 1.1 x 1.3 cms.
Mosaics are decorations made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns. Micro mosaics are intricate portraitures in miniature which the artist is capable of creating.
Pius VII reigned as pope for twenty-three years during the tumultuous time of the Napoleonic Wars. His acumen and expertise in diplomacy and his spiritual courage in the face of great adversity while being imprisoned by Napoleon are just a couple of facts connected to this pope.