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Spiral Hatpin

Inspired by Modernist jewelry of Alexander Calder circa 1945-1955, this heavy sterling silver spiral hatpin was crafted using no torch, and without the need for solder joints.

Hammered wire was used by many modernist jewelers of the 1940s, notably Ed Wiener, Peter Macchiarini, Bill Tendler, Betty Cooke, Frances Higgens, Irena Brynner, Henry Steig, Bob Winston and Margaret De Patta.

Alexander Calder typically did not polish his pieces, which were more often given as presents than sold, but most of the modernist jewelers were interested in marketing their works, and therefore took great care in polishing and preparing them for market. This pin was made with the idea that it would not be marketed, and thus was left unpolished.