Displaying many of the elements of Victorian Scottish agate jewelry, this stately shield brooch falls in the Luckenbooth category of brooches usually mounted by 600booths in St. Giles’s Kirk in Edinburgh where they were first sold,” according to Antique Jewelry University.
Set with an interesting variety of agate, beautifully cut to fit the particular shield shape, this one is also adorned with amethysts and citrines set at an angle in the center of the brooch. The colored “stones’ in the crown are difficult to identify but even if they are glass, this material was commonly used in Victorian Scottish agate jewelry and objects and so are original to the design and the piece.
The back has a design registration mark from approximately 1842-1883. This mark is known as a kitemark which appears on some, but not all of the pieces from this period.
Widely popular through the Victorian period, Scottish agate jewelry was available to people of all social classes. All the materials were sourced locally and eventually, because demand was so great, pieces were sent to the London silversmiths to support the market.
Beautiful silver work accents this brooch with engraving detail and a braided appointment at the base of the crown. A safety chain with pin was likely added but can easily be removed, should one wish to do so.
Measuring approximately 2 ¾” in length x 1 7/8” wide, it weighs 17.2grams.
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