This unusual piece by Franklin Mint features 4 removable carousel animals that are solid 14 Karet gold "brooch pins". It is titled "THE
JEWELED CAROUSEL" and was designed by Igor Carl Faberge for the Franklin Mint in 1979. The pins are enameled and each features a faceted precious gem. The Unicorn has a diamond, the Lion an emerald, the Horse a ruby and the Swan a sapphire. Each is marked 14K on the back and also has Faberge's maker's mark.
The pins are hung on a bisque porcelain carousel and can be removed and worn individually or together. The carousel and pins are in mint condition. It's been sitting in a display cabinet since I bought it new in 1979. The pins and catches work perfectly. Each carousel pin is 1.25" high and the porcelain carousel measures 3 5/8" in diameter x 4 1/4" high. The 4 gold pins weigh 42.6 grams (27.4 dwt). I paid $1820.00 for this in 1979 and the current melt value of the gold in the pins is $1292.00 (01/06/12). The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.