My great, great grandfather Aaron Carter had a jewelry company (under a variety of names as partners changed over time, by 1915 it was Carter, Gough and Co.) that was at one point reportedly one of the largest jewelry companies in the world. His was also the first to use a steam engine, in the 1850's. He died in 1902, but the firm was continued by his son, William Tuttle Carter (who would be my great, great uncle)
After trying for some time I was finally able to buy an affordable piece that Carter & Gough had made through Ebay. $39.00 including shipping, which is a "snip". I certainly couldn't make one for that!
About 2-3/8" long, the head is about 1/2" diameter.
4 small pearls, lovely blue guilloche enamel work. There is a small fracture that you can only see if you look very close with a loupe.
It is marked on the stick, "14K" followed by the Carter, Gough & Company mark, a "C" inside an arrowhead. It is also engraved with a date on the back – "7 . 6 . 14" and the name, "M’S. Obw."
I would love to find some earlier pieces from the period when Aaron ran the company, and I keep hunting for bargains. I am also saving any pictures from auctions that I have not won, in hopes of documenting what pieces the company produced.