This is an outstanding 1873 hallmarked sterling silver heptagram (7 pointed star) brooch set with a single large round bloodstone, engraved with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (In this sign you will conquer), made by the famed British silversmith George Kennig. The Latin phrase "In Hoc Signo Vinces" was used by the Freemasons, Knights of Templar, and others. The brooch is marked G.K. (George Kennig) inside a rectangle. It also bears a Birmingham date mark for 1873, a lion, anchor, duty stamp with a Y inside an oval. The stone is a high quality bloodstone with dark green ground and evenly dispersed flecks of red throughout. The star is deeply textured with a pattern of graduated pyramids. The back of the brooch bears the hallmarks and has an old fashioned T hinged pin stem and C clasp.
This brooch measures 2.75" in diameter. It weighs a substantial 27.5 gr.
Condition is good.
Heads up folks. This brooch is special. It is a potent display of power, whether worn by man or woman.