ca 1893 Chester Hallmarked Garden-Roller Sterling Silver Charm
Large rollers (much bigger than this one) were used to flatten soil prior to seeding, so this little charm would have been reminded the wearer of their love of gardening.
The roller component spins freely on an axel that grips it on both sides; it’s embellished with a motif of beautifully etched flowers and leaves.
A rich patina has worked its way into the etching making the detail stand out sensationally.
The handle of the roller and bale are also splendid sterling silver.
There are several marks on the ride of the roller; the first being the lion passant for British sterling.
The second mark is the mark of the Chester Assay Office and finally a date mark indicating that this charm was produced in 1893.
The pendant is in excellent antique condition and the patina is really beautiful and even; the jump ring just needs a bit of tightening.
This is such a fun, rare, and whimsical piece. The garden roller is really unusual and it has movement and rolls on its axis.
The etched flowers and leaves, foliate design is a classic representation of Victorian style and romance.
This beautiful little thing would make a fantastic necklace or display piece.
Measurements: 1 ¼” tall (w/ spring ring) Roller is ½” long (side to side) and 9mm wide Weight: 2 grams
Item ID: 5525
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