Hot Air Balloon Pin Alberquerque NM 1989 Souvenir
I believe the Albuquerque NM Hot Air Balloon Festival began in 1972. This original vintage pin is signed Albuquerque NM, 1989.
This hat pin or lapel pin is made in a much different fashion than most Albuquerque balloon pins, as it is not enameled metal. The pin is made of fine quality gold plate over stainless steel. The balloons were machine etched, with a diamond point, etching fine spiral designs below the gold plate to reveal the silver metal below.
Rather impressive in quality, because if you go to: www.balloonfiesta.com/event-pins
and look at the official event pins from 1972 to date, there is not one that was made like this one.
The pin is large in size for a hat pin at 1 1/2" tall x 1 3/8" wide or 38 mm x 34 mm. The entire pin is in pristine like new microscopically clean condition with no imperfections or signs of wear. The back has the hat pin pinch style closure.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new presentation jewelry box.