The poppy was a beloved Art Nouveau motif. It's symbolism is complex. It can mean a sleeping state--as in Dorothy's slumber in The Wizard of Oz's poppy field. It has also meant death (and sometimes resurrection) since ancient times because of its blood-red color. Poppies also are associated with the effects of war and battlegrounds. They favor disturbed soil and will fill a battlefield after other plants have abandoned the land. WWI's Flanders Field is the most famous example.
This antique sterling stickpin measures 2 1/2" long. The poppy head is 3/4" wide. It is shown in full bloom. The center of the flower shows the large cup-shaped stamen whorl. This piece, as seen from the back, has the "puffy"appearance typical of the period. It is signed sterling, partly visible under attached pin. Very good condition. The front has been lightly polished and the back has been left untouched.
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