Fleur-de-lis is literally translated from French as "flower of lily", and is widely thought to be a stylized version of the species Iris pseudacorus. Decorative ornaments that resemble the fleur-de-lis have appeared in the artwork from the earliest civilizations. The symbol has featured in modern fiction on historical and mystical themes, as in the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code and other books discussing the Priory of Sion. It recurs in French literature, where examples well-known in English translation include the fleur-de-lis character in the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, and the reference in Dumas' The Three Musketeers to the old custom of branding a criminal with the sign. (Fleurdeliser in French). In Elizabethan English literature it is a standard name for an iris, a usage which lasted for centuries, but occasionally refers to lilies or other flowers. It also appeared in the novel A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole on a sign composed by the main character.
Type Victorian Watch Holder Pin; Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian
Metal Rich Gold Tone
Accents Etching; Center Opal; C-Clasp
Condition Estate wonderful, was lovingly worn and shows normal minimal wear for a true Antique
Size Opal is approx. 5 points; Pin is approx. 1" wide x 1 1/4" wide
Boxed Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation is used