more from ...

The Gilded Room

Here are similar items currently available on Ruby Lane for your consideration
View More Similar Items

The Gilded Room


Andie Pasqualini, Victoria Australia  

Antique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880sAntique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880s

A delicate antique Victorian period 9 carat yellow gold witch's heart pin circa 1880s -1890. It is beautifully set with alternating natural seed pearls and turquoise. The pearls are creamy and the turquoise has natural variations in color from light blue to deep green ~ just wonderful. The gold mount has fine openwork detail and the clasp is a C-clasp, consistent with the 1880's and is in good working order.

The witch's heart first appeared in the 15th century. It gained popularity in Scotland in the 17th century when it became known as a Luckenbooth, named for the closed booths in Edinburgh where they were sold as tokens to ward off evil spirits and tiny witch's hearts were often pinned to a baby's blanket as protection. By the 18th century, the heart had taken on a slightly different meaning — they were given to a loved one as proof of being 'bewitched'

The dimensions of this pin are 3/4 inch in height and 13/16 inch across. Weight is 2.8 grams. I could not find any hallmark, but I had the gold tested at 9 carat or above. Condition is original and superb, the only thing to note is the tiny separation in the gold frame at the back and there may have been a repair to the hinge. Neither of these detracts and are commensurate with the age of the piece.

A wonderful Victorian piece of fine craftsmanship and immensely collectable.

Item ID: AJ-625


*Please note photographs can be significantly larger than the actual item, so please check dimensions carefully.* *Note : the cases in my images are used as display and are not included as part of the sale. *

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold / Turquoise / Pearl, Size: 0.75 x 0.812

If you were the pending buyer of this item, go to My Account to view, track and check payment for this item.


Antique Victorian Witches Heart Gold Brooch ~ Seed Pearl & Turquoise ~ c1880s

$320 USD SOLD


    Fine Antique 19th Century French Jewelry & 20th Century Vintage Scandinavian Pieces.
    Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2010

    Shipping & Handling:
    Standard Flat Rate Shipping Service
    $22.10 USD
    Insurance:To Be Determined
    Shipping to: USA
    change
    other services