This magnificent, Victorian, Scottish, brooch dates to circa 1890-1900. It is mounted on sterling silver (unsigned but tested) and inlaid with black and white enamels. It also holds great significance for Scots as it features four Scottish crowns and the cross of St Andrew. The latter is the patron saint of Scotland and chose to be crucified on a different shaped cross to Jesus.
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 large and impressive brooch measures 2” (5cms) each way. It weighs 32.8 grams so is very substantial.
This brooch is very dimensional , consisting of two layers. The top layer consists of a double cross. The larger cross is inlaid with white and back enamels, The arm ends carry a flower and then a triple , black fleur de lis.. The smaller cross of St Andrew is inlaid in black enamel and crosses over the centre of white enamel , outlined in black.
The lower layer consists of four, Scottish crowns. They are pierced and delicately embellished with black and white enamels.
The reverse is smoothly finished and there is a fully functional security clasp. I guess that the original c clip weakened and was replaced.. There is a tiny ring which holds a safety chain and pin.
I cannot over estimate the superb beauty of this piece in such excellent condition. It will arrive carefully presented and protected in a gift box.
I am offering a number of lovely, Scottish pieces with more to come. Please take a look.
Scottish Victorian Silver Enamel Crosses and Crowns Brooch
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