We are pleased to offer a wonderful vintage brooch or pin. It is a Luckenbooth wedding brooch. It is made of sterling silver and features an open heart design with a crown on top.
A luckenbooth is a traditional Scottish love token. The Luckenbooth Brooch is a traditional Scottish wedding brooch given to the bride by the groom on their wedding day, and subsequently pinned to the shawl of the first baby to protect it from "evil spirits". The Luckenbooth has figures very similar to the Claddagh Ring, and a similar purpose of being a love token. The luckenbooth charm also continues the traditional theme of heart and crown. The earliest records of heart-shaped brooches in Scotland date back to 1503.
This brooch is signed or marked "DB CAI". The marks are those of Hamish Dawson Bowman of Celtic Art Industries whose company was founded in 1945. He obtained some of the original molds used by Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie, noted jewelry designers from an earlier period in Scotland. There is another mark that resembles a circle. Additionally it appears that a previous owner of this wonderful piece etched "SCOTLAND" on the back of the brooch.
The brooch has a tube and barrel pin with a c-clasp. It measures approximately 1-3/16"w X 2-1/4"H and the weight is 9.6 grams. Very nice condition.
NOTE: A special thank you is given to Pam Baker, owner of Ruby Lane Shop "Oban Antiques", who was so kind to help us identify the maker's marks on this piece. She provided an Internet link so that we could further understand the origin and history of this piece.
Item ID: 10149
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