A 'lucky' horseshoe from the late Victorian era! The horseshoe stick pin features three ruby doublet gems and four paste gems alternately set in beaded square cut-out's. All gems appear original.
Horseshoe is crafted in 15ct gold, the gold has a lovely yellow rose hue. Corresponding '15' stamp is on the reverse of horseshoe, along with, and what appears to be, the 'hanging sheep' which is the early Australian 15ct gold stamp. Rod is not gold.
Accompanying horseshoe stickpin is the old box- more than likely the original as the stickpin fits like a glove. The box is that of an early Australian jeweller - 'Stewart Dawson & Co' of Melbourne, Victoria.
Wearing horseshoe Victorian Jewelry was a common practice, it become popular around 1880 when there was an increase in superstition. It was said to help ward off demons, hardships, misfortune, and protect from evil spirits. It was thought to bring the owner success, harmony, and many blessings.
A beautiful Victorian horseshoe stickpin which would appeal to any avid horseshoe collector!
ERA: around circa 1890- 1900
MATERIAL: 15ct yellow rose gold (horseshoe)
GEMSTONES- 3x round ruby doublets measures approx 2.2mm- 2.30mm and 4 old cut paste measuring approx 2mm each.
STAMP: "15" and possibly the Australian 'hanging sheep' stamp (early Australian stamp for 15ct gold)
WEIGHT: 1.47 grams
SIZE: 11.80mm across x 13.13 height (horseshoe), stickpin length- 6cm
Condition: Very good antique condition - besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. One of the gems is damaged across its table, however difficult to spot to an unaided eye. A beautiful Victorian treasure!
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