This magnificent, Victorian, Scottish, brooch dates to circa 1890-1900. It is mounted on sterling silver (unsigned but tested) and set with a variety of lovely agates. It also holds great significance for Scots. It bears the cross of St Andrew and the Scottish crown.
Queen Victoria’s acquisition of Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1848 sparked a fashion for all things Scottish. Out of the romantic Scottish Highlands came a wide variety of beautiful jewellery mostly in silver but also gold ornamented with a variety of coloured agates, malachite, quartz and amethysts.
This impressive brooch measures 2 and 3/8” (6cms) long by 1 and 7/16” (4cms) across. It weighs 22.6 grams so is very substantial.
This brooch is very dimensional as the shield shape and cross overlay an agate circle. The agates are Montrose grey banded agate for the shield and red jasper for the cross. The circle has slivers of Montrose agate, blood stone and moss agate. At the base is a Montrose agate tab. Everything is outlined in chased silver.
Right at the top is the pierced and engraved Scottish crown.
The reverse is smoothly finished and there is an old style c clip. There is a tiny ring designed to hold a safety chain.
In excellent , antique condition this superb piece will arrive in a gift box.
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Scottish Victorian Chased Silver and Agates Cross and Crown Brooch
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