Here's a very rare set of Victorian sterling silver jewelry in the form of crossed rower's oars and boater hat. They are in the original box with the store's name and address stamped inside. The set includes a brooch or pin which is 2" long and a pair of matching earrings which are 1 5/8" long. The set is made of sterling silver and enamel, and very importantly, each piece had a diamond registration mark for March 4, 1876.
They were sold in Southsea, Hants (Hampshire) in England, as is seen on the box. This makes sense as they was a great interest in rowing there. I found this note online- "Southsea Rowing Club was formed in 1860 by four amateur oarsmen and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Portsmouth. Based on the seafront at Southsea, the club has occupied its present site since 1860."
The detail, the quality of the workmanship, and the fantastic condition of this set make them very desirable. They should be worn by a stylish woman at the annual Henley Regatta or collected by anyone who loves the sport of rowing, or crew as we Americans say.
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