A classic English sterling penannular brooch* hallmarked Chester, England.
The pin is decorated with Celtic knots and fine foliate designs, the oxidized background accents the flowing designs.
This ancient style was used to fasten clothing, they are perfect for capes, kilts, shrugs, and bulky sweaters.
The pin pivots back and passes through the cloth and out again, the brooch is then turned so that the pin rests on the silver and the pin is locked in place and the garment is closed.
The brooch measures 1&5/8" by 1.75", the pin is 1&7/8".
Hallmarked with the lion silver mark for 925 sterling, the city crest of Chester and the date letter mark D for 1954. The pin is also marked with the lion assay mark.The maker mark of S&Cº for Shipton & Co Ltd.
Total weight is 12.4 grams.
Excellent condition, no damage and minimal wear.
A wonderful mid century sterling penannular brooch.
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*The Celtic brooch, more properly called the penannular brooch are types of brooch clothes fasteners, often rather large. They are especially associated with the beginning of the Early Medieval period in Ireland and Britain, although they are found in other times and places—for example, forming part of traditional female dress in areas in modern North Africa. In the true penannular type, the ring is not closed; there is a gap between the terminals wide enough for the pin to pass through. The penannular brooch is a simple and efficient way of fastening loosely woven cloth where the pin will not leave a permanent hole.
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