Large 3 1/2" Edwardian Scottish Agate Dirk Kilt Pin Brooch Silver & Jasper For Sale
Scottish Agate Dirk………..
Wonderful good sized Scottish Agate
Dirk or Kilt pin made from Silver and red and green Jasper Agates.
I love the pierced & engraved
basket hilt guard that lets the red jasper show through.
Made from silver but unmarked – I have
tested it with acid and tests show silver.
Size is: 3 3/8th” (8.5cm)
In excellent condition – historical
replacement of C catch to more secure roll-over catch.
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!
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.