Dating to circa 1890, this lovely English Mizpah double heart pin is made of 9 carat gold and marked accordingly.
Mizpah jewellery first became popular in Victorian times and had a brief resurgence at the time of the First World War. Mizpah was first mentioned in the book of Genesis as a stone memento built by Jacob and Laban. Over the years the term Mizpah has been used to symbolise a safe return for those who are apart.
This delightful, Victorian pin measures 1 and 1/8” (2.9cms) By 5/8” (1.6cms). It weighs 1.8 grams.
The pin has two hearts , joined by a trail of ivy.
On the left is the word ‘Mizpah’ in raised lettering. It also bears the wonderful message . – ‘The Lord watch between me & thee when we are absent one from another’. On the right hand heart begins a trail of ivy leaves, the Victorian symbols or remembrance. The trail ends at the base of the first heart , joining them together. The ivy ends on the second heart where the stem and leaves are raised and delicately engraved.
On the back is an old style c clip and what I believe to be a newer pin, indented for good adhesion. There are some small traces of solder near the hinge. The side of one of the hearts is back is marked ‘9 ct’ for 9 carat gold.
This beautiful , sentimental pin has a very slight , hardly noticeable dent on the left side. Otherwise it is in fine antique condition. It is as relevant today as it was in Victorian times. It comes to you tissue wrapped in a gift box.
Victorian 9K Gold Mizpah Hearts Ivy Pin