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Title: Damascene pin

Accession Number: 2005.34.402
Type: Pin
Place: USA, CA, San Francisco
Date: before 1924
Materials: steel; gold
Description: Pin; Damascene pin; from the collection of Captain Richard C. Mears (1829-1899); pin showcasing the art of damascening, which involves inlaying different metals into each other (in this case, gold into what looks like steel); wide and narrow with what looks to be gold and black flowers and grasses on a dark background depicted on the front; hinged pin back; pin came wrapped in a piece of cotton, and residing in a small wooden box; the box is made of soft wood, with a lid that lifts off completely from the bottom portion; handwritten on the lid of the box in pencil "Damascene Work/ 1924.A.D./ San Francisco".

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