ITEM: Edwardian Locust or Cicada Brooch
COMPOSITION: Sterling silver, acid tested
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent
WEIGHT: 6.1 Grams
MEASUREMENT: About 1-1/2 X 5/8"
MARKS: French Assay Hallmark
COMMENTS: This antique pin was crafted in France of fine sterling silver and dates to the turn of the century. It displays incredible lifelike detail and may have been cast using a genuine specimen. Pictured with undisturbed natural patina. Straight pin back and locking tube clasp keeps this secure.
Cicada are famed throughout the world for their song.
The cicada is an ancient polyvalent symbol: resounding themes are resurrection, immortality, spiritual realization and spiritual ecstasy. For the ancient Greeks and Romans they sang in intoxicated ecstasy and were sacred to Apollo and cognate with the dionysiac bacchae and maenad.