A Victorian Scottish sterling silver ring brooch of penannular form, the frame decorated with engraving and set with agates and jaspers with foiled rock crystal set terminals. Thistle head pin set with further foiled rock crystals and decorated with engraved lines. The reverses of the terminals engraved with intertwined hearts. Circa 1870. Measurements, Width of circular frame 2 1/8" ( 5.2 cm ), length of pin from top of thistle terminal to end of pin 3" ( 7.5 cm ). Depth of terminals 9/16" ( 1.4 cm ). Condition, Good- there is a crack on the green jasper ( 6th photograph ), the stone is secure in its setting. Some fading to the foiling of the rock crystals most notably to the pink foiling on the thistle head terminal. the silver has been acid tested as sterling silver. These type of Victorian Scottish brooches ( often used to secure shawls ) were derived from the large ancient Viking ring brooches with thistle head terminals. For a similar example see ' Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria' British Museum Press, fig 458.
Item ID: 1221
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