victorian baroque pin
back shows tube hinge late 1800's
souvenir grand tour

Here is a very detailed baroque pin from the mid to late 1800's- most likely a collectible souvenir perhaps from a Grand Tour of Europe.

At first I was not sure what the tiny hand-painted scene was. It looked like a type of church. The colors are very pretty, and while searching with a loupe, I saw the tiny words Kloster Andechs.
Kloster is German for monastery, and this one is known for it's Baroque church and it's brewery.


Late 1850's

This weekend we toured the historic Landing, along the Minnesota River Valley. It is an 88 acre museum set-up to show life from the 1840's through the 1890's. The guides are in historical costume and answer questions and demonstrate aspects of daily life 150 years ago. There were also cases lined with antique hats, celluloid hair jewelry, and other accessories.
All of the women's clothing of those times were custom made. They had to be fitted for both their working corsets and their dress corsets.
Shown is a house built in 1845 followed by one built in the late 1850's.


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