This is a most charming and intriguing small brooch. It is in lyre-form decorated with multiple tiny seed peals. It has a pin and simple hook at the back as well as two pairs of attached circular rings. These were presumably for threading though gold chain which would then enable the chain to be fixed to the desired position on the bodice. A swivel could also have been attached to one of the rings. The piece tests as 10 carat gold and is in excellent condition for age. This brooch can be worn on its own or could be adapted to act as a brooch slide for a watch chain. Maximum height 0.9 ins (2.4cm). Weight 4 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 117.
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