Very popular with high status Victorians travelling to Europe during the early 19th century fine silver filigree jewellery that still survives is a relative rarity, an absolute delight, and this antique brooch is an exquisite example!
Filigree is a delicate form of metal work in silver or gold made with tiny beads or twisted threads, or a combination of both soldered together and arranged in artistic motifs. It's sheer delicacy means that very few genuine antique pieces still survive today.
Crafted in high grade silver the brooch is fashioned as a large bow with 2 asymmetric tassel drops. The bow is ruched giving a superb 3-D effect imitating the gathers in a ribbon. The centre of the bow is decorated in a flower motif that is tiered with a silver bead on the top which adds even more to the dimensional aspect. The tassel drops are fashioned as bellflowers with coiled rods dangling from the bottom.
A simple t-hinge and c-clasp complete this exceptional piece that showcases the incredible skill and techniques used in making filigree jewellery. Just gorgeous and a fine addition to any antique jewellery collection!
MATERIALS: 950 silver, acid tested
DATE: Victorian 1840-1860
MEASUREMENTS: 2" (50mm) long
WEIGHT: 10.6 grams
CONDITION: In super antique condition, we really cannot see any obvious damage or loss in the fine wirework and the pin back is in perfect working order.
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