Very popular with the Victorians in Europe during the 19th century fine antique silver filigree jewellery is a relative rarity, an absolute delight and this 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 not much antique filigree jewellery tends to survive today.
Crafted in 950 silver (a higher silver purity than 925 sterling) this Victorian brooch is fashioned as a large bow with 2 asymmetric tassel drops. The bow at the top is ruched giving a superb 3-D effect imitating the gathers in a ribbon with the centre decorated in a flower motif that is tiered like a rosette which adds even more to the dimension aspect. A silver bead forms the top tier. The 2 tassels are composed of bellflowers suspended from oval filigree chain, 2 links on one side and a single link on the other. 7 silver coiled rods with bead ends dangle from each bellflower.
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 1840-1890
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. The silver has the beautiful burnished bright steely patina of high grade antique silver and there is minimal tarnish to mar the appearance.
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