ITEM: Lincoln Imp & Crescent Moon Brooch
COMPOSITION: 9k yellow gold.
CONDITION: Estate Item, Excellent
WEIGHT: 1.6 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 2" X 5/8
MARKS: T.E.H. 9 CT, illegible hallmark
COMMENTS: This charming and unusual Victorian era brooch is a fine example of jewelry of the Aesthetic time period. Crafted in 9 karat gold of European origin, it depicts the Lincoln Imp. He is considered a mischievous imp, and not necessarily bad. He gets lonely and needs attention. He always sits with his leg crossed and has big ears and two little horns. The pin back has an early C clasp and there is a jump ring at the back of the cow's head for use as a pendant. This will be a wonderful addition to any Victoriana collection.
The Lincoln Imp is the symbol of the City of Lincoln, the county town of Lincolnshire, England.
According to a 14th-century legend, two mischievous creatures called imps were sent by Satan to do evil work on Earth. After causing mayhem in Northern England, the two imps headed to Lincoln Cathedral, where they smashed tables and chairs and tripped up the Bishop. When an angel came out of a book of hymns and told them to stop, one of the imps was brave and started throwing rocks at the angel, but the other imp cowered under the broken tables and chairs. The angel turned the first imp to stone, giving the second imp a chance to escape. It is said that even on still days it is always windy around the Cathedral, which is the second imp circling the building looking for his friend
The late Victorian Period, known as the Aesthetic Period or Movement (1880-1901) was a direct response to the over indulgent fashions and to the stuffy formality and strict protocol of the Grand Period. And after 27 years of mourning, even the staid Victorians had lamented enough. During the Aesthetic Period a sense of fun and light heartedness returned to jewelry. Whimsical motifs such as griffins and dragons, moons and stars were popular.
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