This antique ladies hand carved bogwood brooch is from Ireland and was popular in the mid-19th century.
No more than 4,000 years ago Ireland was heavily forested. Due to major climate change much of the forest was enveloped in peat bogs that grew up to 30 feet in depth, consuming large portions of the Ireland forest. The former trees, submerged in the peat bogs, underwent a unique transformation in color with oak becoming black, yew taking on a reddish brown and pine to a golden oak color.
With the harvesting of peat for fuel, the trees were once again exposed, retrieved and dried very slowly until most of the moisture was removed. This wood, which was soft as cheese when initially removed from the bogs, became as hard as steel once completely dried. Simply stated, bogwood is a “pure miracle of nature” and this wood was transformed by many of Ireland cavers into various objects.
The center carving of the brooch represents a castle with a carved leaf border. The pin has a “C” hook. The pin itself is quite crude but that is to be expected due to the age of this piece.
The condition of the pin is very good, circa mid-19th century.
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