If Ernest Hemingway was alive today, I know he would want this.
This rare to find unusual old sailfish brooch is a very intriguing pin. It dates from the late 1940's or early 1950's and is made of mold stamped gold metal with detailed lines in all the fins. The body of the fish has a fine brushed satin finish that adds nice texture. The fins are painted in flat turquoise enamels.
You might ask, why was this pin made and who wore it? It was made as a hat pin. It was kind of a Ernest Hemingway thing, to be marked as a big game sport fisherman like he was. You dont see men wearing hat pins anymore. I remember my father and grandfather had so many NFL, NBL, hunting, and fishing hat pins they didnt have enough hats to put all of them on.
But this pin: You had to earn the right to wear it. You have to be a big billfish fisherman to know the difference between offshore big bill fishing and fishing for trout in a creek.
Im rather certain this pin was made special in a very limited quantity and sold in Florida in tackle shops in Miami or the Florida Keys. As a lifetime fisherman in the FL Keys myself, the fishing memorabilia from the 1930-1950 era, if you can find it, is truly fascinating. Im not the only one who things this. Just look at what Johnny Morris did in all of his Bass Pro restaurants.
The brooch is 3" long x 1 1/4" tall and is not signed. It is in excellent condition with no wear and has the original fine working safety clasp on the back.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new presentation jewelry box.
* I have a 1930s Fl Keys 8x10 tarpon fishing photo for sale here as well. Type 16873 or the word tarpon in the search box to see it.