Antique Edwardian 14K Gold, Natural Pearl & Persian Turquoise "Swallow" Pin/Brooch
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AGE: C.1900 or so
ITEM: A bright yellow gold bar pin/knife edge brooch with an applied swallow (French: hirondelle) or sparrow to the top. Studded with Natural Pearls, the pin is also embellished with 2 cabs of Persian Turquoise. Simple C-clasp at the back to hold the pinstem in place.
CONDITION: Excellent with no problems I can spot. The piece genuinely could have been made yesterday - it's that pristine!
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold although the look of the gold is more 18K
HALLMARKS: Jewelers engraved marks of 421 along the back of the pin. Metal was gently acid tested for metal content and while it held at 14K, if the piece is English (as I suspect it is), it is possible the gold content is more 15CT.
SIZE: Length is 1-3/4"; width (wing tip to wing tip) is about 3/4".
WEIGHT: 3.5 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Ready to wear!
With regard to a sparrow - Sacred to Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, sparrows are often depicted as the symbols of either (a) spiritual connection or (b) true love (note how a lot of postcards depict these happy birds carrying letters between lovers). The world of the sparrow (the sky) beckons us to keep our burdens light in order to avoid a heavy heart.
With regard to a swallow - the swallow is called the "bird of freedom" which can be derived from its Hebrew name, deror (דְּרוֹר, der-ore'). The name refers to the impossibility of retaining it in captivity. They cannot endure prison (but must remain free) and never mate in such environment. According to a sailing superstition, swallows are a good omen to those at sea. It is also considered a the welcoming bird of spring awakening and the revival of life.
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