When Queen Victoria's Royal Court followed her to Scotland and Barlmoral Castle, the demand for Scottish jewelry in all forms flourished. Brooches were the norm, kilt-pins and cloak pins are often found. This gorgeous axe-shaped brooch is set with shaped and polished bloodstone, carnelian and moss agates and spectacularly engraved. It was made in England in about 1880.
I just love when the stones are this beautifully cut and set, they were clearly custom cut for this brooch. They are in very good condition without any dings, dents or chips. At some point in it's life this brooch had a broken pin stem and it was repaired using a soft solder and brass plaque. This is an old repair and could be re-worked with a laser, but it is very sturdy and well done so I didn't see the need to change it. Please note the repair in the photos.
The brooch has an English registration mark and tests as sterling silver. It weighs 11.7 grams. A beautifully made piece of Scottish pebble jewelry!
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