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Antique Early Victorian Scottish Agate Thistle Brooch Quality 9ct & 18ct Gold For Sale
Attractive Scottish Agate Brooch……
This is a really good example of
Victorian Scottish Jewellery and is in fabulous condition.
The 9ct O shaped brooch is made of Green
Bloodstone and mustard & red Mottled Jasper in the form of a Cross. The centre
is beautifully set with a three dimensional Scottish Thistle.
The quality of workmanship on this
brooch is evident in both the design and manufacture. It has wonderfully
engraved three dimensional yellow gold scrolling leaves set with real pearls.
The bloodstone head of the thistle is set in a rose gold beaded setting and a
real beautiful lustre pearl sits beneath.
If you look at the back of the brooch
you will see the quality of workmanship here too. The rear is in both rose and
yellow gold and has an extended pin*.
The main body of the brooch is 9ct and
the centre is high 18ct (tested).
There are no marks on the brooch and I
would date it as early Victorian – C.1840’s.
Scottish Agate or Pebble Jewellery was made popular by Queen
Victoria. When she travelled to the Highlands with Prince Albert she fell in
love with the dramatic landscape and went on to purchase Balmoral, the rest as
they say is history. This love extended
to all things Scottish and when the London papers reported that the couple were
wearing “polished pebble brooches made from local stones” it set a trend that
would last for decades and even spread to Europe.
Written examples of this sweeping fashion are to be seen in
the novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell in her novel Cranford (1851) set in the
Cheshire village of Knutsford where one of the characters – Miss Pole was
wearing no less than 7 Scottish pebble brooches!
*Extended pins on brooches are often a good indicator of period. The pins
were made longer and extended beyond the edge of a brooch to accommodate the
thicker Victorian fabrics that were pre 1880’s
Condition: Please note that this brooch is in excellent condition, there
are no cracks or fissures – anything that looks remotely like one (ie the one
at 6 o clock on the photograph) is just a grain line in the stone! The surface is
completely smooth when you run your nail over it!
Size is: 1 ½” (4cm) in diameter
Please Note: All Weights & Measures are Approximate.
Unless otherwise stated, any dimensions and estimated weights of gemstones in
this description have been determined without un-setting the stones and are,
therefore, to be considered only as a probable because of limitations imposed
by the mount. The box in the picture is for display purposes only and your item
will come in a reproduction antique box unless otherwise stated.