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Beefeater Gin Beef Eater Lapel Hat Tack Pin Pen Vintage Enamel Bottle Very Rare
Beefeater Gin Beef Eater Lapel Hat Tack Pin Pen Vintage Enamel Bottle Very Rare
$7.77
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PLANET HOLLYWOOD BEVERLY HILLS PIN SOUVENIR COLLECTOR ENAMELED METAL
PLANET HOLLYWOOD BEVERLY HILLS PIN SOUVENIR COLLECTOR ENAMELED METAL
$8.00
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FOUR VINTAGE GUITAR SHAPED PIN BACKS TIE TACKS PAINTED ENAMEL GOLDTONE
FOUR VINTAGE GUITAR SHAPED PIN BACKS TIE TACKS PAINTED ENAMEL GOLDTONE
$2.99
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Vintage SILVER Enamel BE SMART TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART Health LAPEL Tac Hat PIN
Vintage SILVER Enamel BE SMART TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART Health LAPEL Tac Hat PIN
$3.99
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Vintage Enameled Wildwood NJ Boating Steering Wheel Pin Pinback
Vintage Enameled Wildwood NJ Boating Steering Wheel Pin Pinback
$3.49
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Old Glory Flag of the USA American Flag with Yellow ribbon old enamel pin
Old Glory Flag of the USA American Flag with Yellow ribbon old enamel pin
$3.50
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Antique Atlantic City Souvenir Pin BROOCH ENAMEL SAIL BOAT C CLASP
Antique Atlantic City Souvenir Pin BROOCH ENAMEL SAIL BOAT C CLASP
$22.50
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3pc LOT 1990s Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC Enamel Guitar Pins
3pc LOT 1990s Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC Enamel Guitar Pins
$8.99
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Vintage Enamel Advertising Hat Pin OIL CITY EDMONTON NISKU CALGARY
Vintage Enamel Advertising Hat Pin OIL CITY EDMONTON NISKU CALGARY
$14.95
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1983 FISH OHIO AWARD LARGE MOUTH BASS ENAMELED PIN BACK UNUSED MINT
1983 FISH OHIO AWARD LARGE MOUTH BASS ENAMELED PIN BACK UNUSED MINT
$60.00
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Vintage BPOE Elks Lodge 25 Years Service Pin Pinback Enamel Pin Metal Rare
Vintage BPOE Elks Lodge 25 Years Service Pin Pinback Enamel Pin Metal Rare
$3.99
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Vintage 1997 Big Dog Mom Heart Pin Pinback Enamel Pin Metal Rare
Vintage 1997 Big Dog Mom Heart Pin Pinback Enamel Pin Metal Rare
$14.39
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Olfa Tool Pin Pinback Pin Enamel Metal Rare
Olfa Tool Pin Pinback Pin Enamel Metal Rare
$11.99
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WWF Panda World Wildlife Fund Enamel Gold Tone Metal Pin Pinback Rare
WWF Panda World Wildlife Fund Enamel Gold Tone Metal Pin Pinback Rare
$8.99
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Vintage National Audobon Society Bird Gold Tone Metal Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
Vintage National Audobon Society Bird Gold Tone Metal Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
$24.99
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MYSTERY CREST PIN Vintage Farming NAWWO Enamel Lapel
MYSTERY CREST PIN Vintage Farming NAWWO Enamel Lapel
$14.99
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Boardman Oregon Cornucopia Sun Wheat Cloisonne Enamel Lapel Hat Pin Tie Tack
Boardman Oregon Cornucopia Sun Wheat Cloisonne Enamel Lapel Hat Pin Tie Tack
$7.95
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Air Assault ENAMEL mini badge pin tacpin AVIATION
Air Assault ENAMEL mini badge pin tacpin AVIATION
$3.99
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Vintage Hat Lapel Pin Pinback Blank Police Badge Blue Enamel Silver Tone
Vintage Hat Lapel Pin Pinback Blank Police Badge Blue Enamel Silver Tone
$9.99
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Vintage Goldtone Enamel Pin Foire De Milan Visiteur 1959
Vintage Goldtone Enamel Pin Foire De Milan Visiteur 1959
$9.00
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UTMOST OF OUR ABILITY Orange Enamel Pin Military FREE SHIP
UTMOST OF OUR ABILITY Orange Enamel Pin Military FREE SHIP
$6.99
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1984 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD MUSKY NORTHERN PIKE ENAMEL MINTY COND
1984 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD MUSKY NORTHERN PIKE ENAMEL MINTY COND
$50.00
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Strange Silver Metal Enamel Alien Extraterrestrial Silver Top Hat Pin Jewelry
Strange Silver Metal Enamel Alien Extraterrestrial Silver Top Hat Pin Jewelry
$12.99
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COLLECTIBLEVINTAGE1990 FISH OHIO AWARD ENAMELED PIN BACK UNUSED MINT
COLLECTIBLEVINTAGE1990 FISH OHIO AWARD ENAMELED PIN BACK UNUSED MINT
$10.00
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1982 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD BLACK CRAPPIE ENAMELED MINTY COND
1982 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD BLACK CRAPPIE ENAMELED MINTY COND
$60.00
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Panasonic Atlanta 1996 Olympics 100 Years gold tone  green enamel souvenir pin
Panasonic Atlanta 1996 Olympics 100 Years gold tone green enamel souvenir pin
$1.50
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BRAND NEW NEVER OPENED QUALITY TAYLOR GUITARS ENAMEL LAPEL PIN
BRAND NEW NEVER OPENED QUALITY TAYLOR GUITARS ENAMEL LAPEL PIN
$5.70
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Decorative Vintage Souvenir Hat Pin or Lapel Pin ITALIA Metal and Enamel
Decorative Vintage Souvenir Hat Pin or Lapel Pin ITALIA Metal and Enamel
$2.95
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1986 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD YELLOW PERCH ENAMEL MINTY COND
1986 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD YELLOW PERCH ENAMEL MINTY COND
$20.00
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1987 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD CATFISH ENAMEL MINTY COND
1987 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD CATFISH ENAMEL MINTY COND
$20.00
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Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Raphael Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Raphael Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
$14.99
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Vintage 1989 TMNT Ninja Turtles April Oneil Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
Vintage 1989 TMNT Ninja Turtles April Oneil Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
$9.99
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Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Donatello Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Donatello Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
$14.99
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Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
Vintage 1990 TMNT Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
$14.99
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Super Rare MOTU He Man Skeletor Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
Super Rare MOTU He Man Skeletor Enamel Pin Pinback Button Badge
$24.99
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1985 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD BLUEGILL ENAMEL MINTY COND
1985 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD BLUEGILL ENAMEL MINTY COND
$30.00
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Vintage PAINT Enamel VARNISH pin JANNEY Best pinback badge Employee  1606
Vintage PAINT Enamel VARNISH pin JANNEY Best pinback badge Employee 1606
$30.00
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2005 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD FRESHWATER DRUM ENAMEL MINTY COND
2005 FISH OHIO PIN BACK FISHING AWARD FRESHWATER DRUM ENAMEL MINTY COND
$10.00
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Old pin THE POLICE tacpin ENAMEL  BRASS
Old pin THE POLICE tacpin ENAMEL BRASS
$5.00
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Old pin CULTURE CLUB Boy George tacpin ENAMEL  BRASS
Old pin CULTURE CLUB Boy George tacpin ENAMEL BRASS
$5.00
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VINTAGE 80SJIMMY BUFFETT ROCK CONCERT PIN BACK  ENAMELED MINTY COND
VINTAGE 80SJIMMY BUFFETT ROCK CONCERT PIN BACK ENAMELED MINTY COND
$36.00
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VINTAGEORIGINALOHIO DEER POACHER TIP LINE PIN BACK ENAMELEDUNUSED MINTY
VINTAGEORIGINALOHIO DEER POACHER TIP LINE PIN BACK ENAMELEDUNUSED MINTY
$10.00
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Vintage Pin NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of HOME BUILDERS PRESIDENT Gold Tone
Vintage Pin NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of HOME BUILDERS PRESIDENT Gold Tone
$5.90
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Chicken Skier To Slopes Scarf Funny Gold Tone Metal Enamel Ski Lapel Pin Pinback
Chicken Skier To Slopes Scarf Funny Gold Tone Metal Enamel Ski Lapel Pin Pinback
$23.75
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Vintage Sterling Silver St Nicholas League Metal Enamel Award Lapel Pin Badge
Vintage Sterling Silver St Nicholas League Metal Enamel Award Lapel Pin Badge
$28.00
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Holly Red Berries Christmas Enamel Glossy Silvertone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
Holly Red Berries Christmas Enamel Glossy Silvertone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
$14.95
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Vintage Enamel Methodist Sunday School Pin Robbins Co Attleboro
Vintage Enamel Methodist Sunday School Pin Robbins Co Attleboro
$8.99
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Antique Enamel Russian Santa with Tree Pin Early 1900s Chobbinrooom
Antique Enamel Russian Santa with Tree Pin Early 1900s Chobbinrooom
$25.00
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Vtg Military Eagle Three Stars Black Enamel Shield Goldtone Metal Pin Pinback
Vtg Military Eagle Three Stars Black Enamel Shield Goldtone Metal Pin Pinback
$17.95
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New Hartford NY Youth Hockey Association Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Sport Pinback
New Hartford NY Youth Hockey Association Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Sport Pinback
$16.95
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William Hall Chorale USSR Tour 1985 Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
William Hall Chorale USSR Tour 1985 Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
$14.95
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Portland Rose Festival 1987 Souvenir Enamel Silvertone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
Portland Rose Festival 1987 Souvenir Enamel Silvertone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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The Bite of Oregon 1989 Music Event Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
The Bite of Oregon 1989 Music Event Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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NCC National Collegiate Championship Sport USFSA 1987 Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin
NCC National Collegiate Championship Sport USFSA 1987 Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin
$16.95
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Red Dot Custom Heaters Air Conditioners Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
Red Dot Custom Heaters Air Conditioners Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Rank Xerox Seville Espana Spain Expo 1992 Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
Rank Xerox Seville Espana Spain Expo 1992 Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Vintage Sonoma Cutrer Wine 88 World Champion Award Enamel Goldtone Pin Pinback
Vintage Sonoma Cutrer Wine 88 World Champion Award Enamel Goldtone Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Fuji Film 1987 RPYC Americas Cup Event Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
Fuji Film 1987 RPYC Americas Cup Event Advertising Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Team Member Restaurant Chef Logo Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
Team Member Restaurant Chef Logo Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Ski Snowflake Blue Red Light Blue Enamel Silvertone Lapel Pin Pinback Three Lot
Ski Snowflake Blue Red Light Blue Enamel Silvertone Lapel Pin Pinback Three Lot
$17.95
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Red Cardinal Backyard Bird on Branch Enamel Goldtone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
Red Cardinal Backyard Bird on Branch Enamel Goldtone Metal Lapel Pin Pinback
$17.95
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Sprint Sponsor World Cup USA Soccer 1994 Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin
Sprint Sponsor World Cup USA Soccer 1994 Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin
$14.95
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The Bite of Oregon 1988 Food Event Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
The Bite of Oregon 1988 Food Event Souvenir Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
$14.95
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McDonalds McFright Night 1989 Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
McDonalds McFright Night 1989 Advertising Enamel Goldtone Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Port of Sacramento CA California Travel Souvenir Black Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
Port of Sacramento CA California Travel Souvenir Black Enamel Lapel Pin Pinback
$16.95
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Lot 2 Trucker Hat Lapel Pins ANTI McDonalds Enamel and Hamburger Pinback Buttons
Lot 2 Trucker Hat Lapel Pins ANTI McDonalds Enamel and Hamburger Pinback Buttons
$6.00
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NEW Sealed REBEL CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 47 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie NICE
NEW Sealed REBEL CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 47 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie NICE
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE SURRENDER LIKE HELL Flag Pin 10 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE SURRENDER LIKE HELL Flag Pin 10 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL RIDER Flag Pin 20 Metal Enamel Bike CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL RIDER Flag Pin 20 Metal Enamel Bike CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 28 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Marijuana Leaf
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 28 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Marijuana Leaf
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE CSA Flag Pin 42 Metal Enamel Pinback Dixie Rebel
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE CSA Flag Pin 42 Metal Enamel Pinback Dixie Rebel
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 33 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel South
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 33 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel South
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE DIXIE HERITAGE Flag Pin 38 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE DIXIE HERITAGE Flag Pin 38 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 48 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
NEW CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 48 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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CONFEDERATE ELVIS KING OF ROCK Flag Pin 1 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel South
CONFEDERATE ELVIS KING OF ROCK Flag Pin 1 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel South
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 51 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 51 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE ARKANSAS State Flag Pin 26 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE ARKANSAS State Flag Pin 26 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 50 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 50 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL WITH CAUSE Flag Pin 15 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL WITH CAUSE Flag Pin 15 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL Flag Pin 8 Metal Enamel South CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL Flag Pin 8 Metal Enamel South CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE SOUTH WILL RISE Flag Pin 34 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE SOUTH WILL RISE Flag Pin 34 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Lapel Pin 17 Metal Enamel CSA South Rebel Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Lapel Pin 17 Metal Enamel CSA South Rebel Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 56 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 56 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 29 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel South
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 29 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel South
$1.25
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NEW Sealed 1 REBEL CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 54 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie
NEW Sealed 1 REBEL CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 54 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 57 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel NICE
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 57 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie Rebel NICE
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 35 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie South Rebel
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 35 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie South Rebel
$1.25
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NEW CONFEDERATE IF YOU AINT Flag Pin 45 Metal Enamel Pinback CSA Dixie
NEW CONFEDERATE IF YOU AINT Flag Pin 45 Metal Enamel Pinback CSA Dixie
$1.25
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CONFEDERATE GEORGIA Flag Pin 41 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie South Rebel
CONFEDERATE GEORGIA Flag Pin 41 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie South Rebel
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL TILL I DIE Flag Pin 13 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL TILL I DIE Flag Pin 13 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL Flag Pin 11 Metal Enamel CSA South Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE REBEL Flag Pin 11 Metal Enamel CSA South Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Armadillo Flag Pin 32 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Armadillo Flag Pin 32 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE with FIRE Flag Pin 6 Metal Enamel CSA South Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE with FIRE Flag Pin 6 Metal Enamel CSA South Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE THIS BREED NEVER DIES Flag Pin 7 Metal Enamel Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE THIS BREED NEVER DIES Flag Pin 7 Metal Enamel Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 55 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 55 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 53 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 53 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 18 Metal Enamel CSA South Rebel Dixie Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 18 Metal Enamel CSA South Rebel Dixie Pinback
$1.25
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NEW CONFEDERATE MEAN MACHINE Flag Pin 4 Metal Enamel South CSA Clutch Pinback
NEW CONFEDERATE MEAN MACHINE Flag Pin 4 Metal Enamel South CSA Clutch Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE with EAGLE Flag Pin 25 Metal Enamel South CSA Pinback
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE with EAGLE Flag Pin 25 Metal Enamel South CSA Pinback
$1.25
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NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 49 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
NEW Sealed CONFEDERATE Flag Pin 49 Metal Enamel CSA Pinback South Rebel Dixie
$1.25
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Enameled Pin

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Antique painted miniature enameled pin diamond (12109-0008)

A History of Jewelry

When did we first begin wearing jewelry? What purpose did it signify at the time? When was the first ring or token given to express a form of marriage or union, or perhaps to seal a treaty? To answer these questions, we must look back through history, not only hundred, but at least thousands of years. These questions call for answers, as the more we become aware of jewelry historically and the part it played in peoples lives for so many years, the more we can relate to our origins in jewelry of today.

Jewelry ornaments of precious metal, sometimes set with gems have been worn since ancient times by people of all cultures for personal adornments, of badges of social rank, and as emblems of religious, social and political affiliation. Jewelry has been worn on the head in the for of crowns, native headdresses made of feathers, bones and precious beads, tiaras, hairpins, hat ornaments, earrings, nose rings, earplugs, and lip rings; on the neck in the form of collars, necklaces and pendants; on the breast in the form of pectorals, brooches, clasps and buttons; on the limbs in the form of bracelets, armlets and anklets; and at the waist in the form of belts and fancy girdles, such as chatelaines ensuring chastity, scent cases and rosaries.

The ancient Egyptians were familiar with most of the processes of ornamenting metal that are still in use today. They skillfully produced engraved, soldered, and inlaid jewelry. They commonly worked in gold and silver and inlaid these metals with semiprecious stones such as carnelian, jasper, amethyst, turquoise, and lapis lazuli and with enamel and glass. Their jewelry included diadems (headwear); wide bead necklaces or collars; hoop, hinged, or bead bracelets, and rings. An especially popular ornament was the signet ring. Jewelry motifs – the scarab (beetle), lotus, falcon, serpent, and eye, for example were derived from religious symbols.

Sumerian, Babylon, and Assyrian tombs of the 3rd and 2nd millennia have yielded a great quantity of headdresses, necklaces, earrings, and animal amulet figures in gold, silver, and gems. Fine gold and silver were also made in ancient Persia and Phoenicia. Greek and Roman artisans of the Minoan period executed earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that persisted from about 2500 B.C. to 479 – 323 B.C. Stamping was common as well as gold granulation and filigree.

The Byzantine nobility wore jewelry in lavish profusion. Dresses were made with gold set with jewels; pearls, rubies, and emeralds mounted in gold were worn at the neck and shoulders and hung in festoons from the temples to the breast. Most certainly too lavish for our most expensive clothing today, although we garnish our clothes with crystals, rhinestones, and faux pearls; perhaps as historical hand-me-downs!

The Renaissance period became an even more important part of fashionable costume. Rich velvet and silk robes for both men and women were embroidered with pearls and sparkling gems. During the 17th and 18th Century, jewelry was characterized by both luxury and popularity. The Arrangement, or Set, called a parure often included a tiara or ring, necklace, earrings, and brooch. Many magnificent parures were created for the Royal Houses of Europe. These included watchcases, snuffboxes, seals, and thimble cases. The jewelry worn in Colonial America was mostly imported from Europe.

The continent of Africa has produced jewelry of great beauty and variety since prehistoric times. Northern Africa is noted for silverwork, plain and enameled of the desert peoples. Craftspeople in Medieval Africa made rings, bracelets, and other ornaments out of gold, amber, ivory, brass, and bronze. Beads of shell and glass have long been important elements of personal adornment. Jewelry has also been used as a vehicle for religious symbols; the crosses of Ethiopia and NW Africa; and to indicate social or economic status. Today's African jewelry echoes many traditional themes.

As we examine this brief history of jewelry, the answers to our questions become significant. There is overwhelming evidence that jewelry in some form has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. It's purpose, materials, value, and symbolic meanings seem to have remained relatively constant through to modern times. It appears that jewelry has given people in days long ago the same pleasure and meanings as it does for us today.

By Karen WhiteleyKaren B Whiteley

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