A Fabergé gold and pearl circular brooch, workmaster Wilhelm Reimer, St. Petersburg, circa 1890, with Fabergé scratched inventory number 1191 or 1611 and 36365. The circular gold brooch formed as a wreath of ten three-leaf clover, with pearls set between the leaves around the exterior, the pin with guard, contained in its original and early leather-bound Fabergé silk- and velvet-lined fitted case. Gross weight 72 grams. Diameter: 1 1/4 in. (3.3 cm).
Jeweler Wilhelm Carl Reimer (1835-1908) was a member of the Fabergé family. He was born in the city of Pernovo (now Pärnu, Estonia), as was Karl Fabergé’s father Gustav Fabergé (1814-1893), and was married to Gustav’s sister, and Karl’s aunt, Carolina (1798-1873). Gustav Faberge founded the firm that would be made famous by his sons Karl and Agathon Fabergé (1862-1895) in 1842. He and his wife retired to Dresden in 1860, leaving the firm in the hands of Reimer and Finnish goldsmith-jeweler Hiskias Pendin. He continued to work for Fabergé until the end of his life as well as maintaining his own shop selling gold watches and a jewelry workshop in Riga.
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