With full English hallmarks for the year 1900, this lovely English Mizpah heart pin is made of sterling silver .
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. It is a gift which would have been given by a man to his sweetheart.
This delightful pin measures 1 and 3/4” (4.5cms) by 3/4” (2cms). It weighs 5.3 grams.
It has two hearts .The one on the left is inscribed ‘Mizpah’ diagonally in raised lettering. It also bears the wonderful message –‘The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another’.
The right hand heart is ornamented with a spray of ivy leaves for remembrance. They trail over to the other heart – joining them together. There is a pretty bow in the centre.
On the back is an old style c clip. There is a maker’s mark which looks like ‘S&G’. There follow the English hallmarks – the anchor for the Birmingham assay office, the lion passant for sterling silver and finally the date letter ‘a’ for 1900.
This charming pin is in excellent antique condition.
This wonderfully sentimental pin from a bygone era is equally relevant today. It comes to you tissue wrapped in a gift box.
Victorian Sterling Hearts 'MIZPAH' Pin