This fabulous vintage Scottish sterling silver shield brooch is a large size and very heavy. The brooch is marked for Hamish Dawson-Bowman who founded Celtic Art Industries in 1945. His creations were inspired by Alexander Ritchie and this piece is very much in the Ritchie style.
Quality cast in thick sterling silver this striking brooch is a round convex shape and features raised figural bat motifs framing a beautifully faceted genuine citrine stone in a golden peach colour. The stone is mounted high in a decorative silver crown setting which, adds even more sparkle to the beautiful stone.
The traditional name for these quartz stones that are found in the Scottish mountains is "Cairngorms" and they also include amethysts and smoky quartz. Cairngorms have long been considered to have magical and healing powers.
The brooch has a pin back with a roll over clasp and it is in very, very good vintage condition with light wear in keeping with age, please see the photos. It is signed on the back with the 'DB' in an oval for Dawson-Bowman and also 'STERLING' and 'SCOTLAND'. The citrine has been tested and verified using a Presidium Gemstone Tester.
Traditionally worn at the shoulder to attach the tartan 'fly' to the jacket this is a fine example of a traditional highland dress brooch in a rare design that we believe it dates to the 1960's so it has plenty of age to it too.
MATERIALS: sterling silver
GEMSTONE: citrine 16mm diameter, approx. 12 carats
DIMENSIONS: 1-5/8" (4.6cm) diameter, stands 19mm tall
WEIGHT: 39.4 grams
ERA: Mid Century, 1960s
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Materials: Citrine, Silver.