This lovely circa 1870 antique Victorian brooch was made in Scotland and features 8 sections of polished Scottish agate. The agate has been mounted on a Whitby Jet back and is trimmed in sterling silver. The agate sections have been arranged in the form of a large stylized flower with a circular opening at the center. As seen in the accompanying photographs, the agate has rich autumnal green and red hues which are contrasted with a single 'Montrose Grey' cream and gray banded agate section.
The brooch is in very good condition and the silver has not been polished. All of the original agate pieces are present and perfectly flush within the setting. The stones have a shiny, smooth surface and are free of chips and scratches. As a natural material, the agate has natural variations in color/pattern, with one stone having a stable tight fissure running along a color ridge which appears to date to when the brooch was made. The jet at the back is complete with no repairs. The brooch retains its original fully functional hinged pin closure with a C-catch. As is typical, the silver is not marked but tests as sterling.
The pin measures 2.125" across and is approximately .25" thick. It weighs in at 27.5 grams.
This classic Scottish agate pin displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to a collection of fine antique Victorian jewelry or works equally well as a stand alone example. The sturdy and highly collectible piece looks great on a scarf, sweater or coat. A fabulous antique find!
Antique Victorian Scottish Inlaid Agate Sterling Floriform Brooch Pin with Whitby Jet Back