Late 19th century sterling silver Aesthetic brooch features a design of hand-chased leaves and flowers—two roses and a forget-me-not--within an embossed, rectangular frame softened by scrolling motifs.
Enhancing the highly textured surface even further, there are touches of rose and yellow gold on the botanical elements, and the serrated edge of the oval brooch is punctuated by little granulations or beads of silver.
Reverse of the brooch has a recessed oval compartment for hair or photograph. The pin stem has a tube hinge and secure c-clasp closure.
The hallmarks for Birmingham cycle V are present: Anchor, date letter “O” (for 1888-9), and lion passant. The initials “A.J.S” are also present, though I haven’t been able to learn anything about this silversmith.
Brooch measures 1 5/8” across and 1” high and has a digital weight of 4 grams. Very good condition, with the lovely design intact but nicks and dents to 10 of the 18 hollow silver beads (photo #6).
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