Dated with a British registration lozenge for 1867 this wonderful Victorian agate brooch evokes the colours and textures of the wild and craggy Scottish highland landscape. Crafted in sterling silver it is set in four pie shaped slices of Scottish hardstones: bloodstone, carnelian, Montrose blue banded and moss agate.
Full of symbolism the brooch is fashioned in a quatrefoil form with a hand-engraved saltire cross motif in the centre. The quatrefoil is a four lobe decoration used extensively in Celtic symbolism, church architecture and heraldry and is thought to bestow good luck. The saltire cross, also known as St. Andrews Cross is used on Scotland's national flag.
The back of the brooch is stamped with a Victorian 'lozenge' mark that was used between 1842 and 1883 . This lozenge mark identifies the day, month and year that the design was registered at the British Patent Office so we can date this brooch to the 21st January 1867 exactly!
In fairly good antique condition with surface wear and signs of age. There are repairs, tooling marks and dings to the back which aren't visible when worn, the pin back is in perfect working order and the agates are securely set. Please see the photos, they are taken in extreme close-up to show you every tiny detail.
A classic and affordable piece of Victorian Scottish pebble jewellery. These genuinely old Scottish brooches are becoming harder and harder to find. They were the height of fashion when Queen Victoria purchased Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1852, she set off a "Scottish Pebble" craze which meant the jewellery quickly became highly collectable and it still remains that way today!
MATERIALS: sterling silver
GEMSTONES: Scottish agates
HALLMARKS: not marked for metal content, acid tested and verified sterling silver, also stamped with the British registration lozenge mark
MEASUREMENTS: 2" (5cm) wide, 1-1/2" (4cm) tall
WEIGHT: 12.4 grams.
ERA: Victorian circa 1870 (dated 1867)
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Materials: Sterling Silver, Scottish Agates.