This very rare English, sterling silver pin bears full English hallmarks for the year 1898. It is a souvenir of Tewkesbury Abbey. The accompanying motifs have a very special significance.
Tewkesbury Abbey, or the Abbey of St. Mary the Virgin, is in the English county of Gloucestershire . It is a former Benedictine monastery. It is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Britain. Tewkesbury had been a centre for worship since the 7th century, becoming a priory in the 10th.
The cross, anchor and heart motifs began to be popular in Victorian times and represent Faith, Hope and Charity.
The pin measures 1 ¾” (4.4cms) across and 1¼” (3.3cms) vertically. It weighs 3.4 grams.
In the centre is a roundel , 16mms across. It is engraved with a design of Tewkesbury Abbey, Beneath is a crescent with the cross and anchor on either side.All elements are delicately chased , except for the puffed heart which hangs from the base.
On the back is a solid old style c clip. You will note that the roundel has a hollow back. This may originally have been a space for a sentimental memento and would have had a glass cover.
The hallmarks are on the back of the crescent. There is a maker’s signature ‘F.B & Co’ There follow the English hallmarks – the lion passant for sterling silver, the date letter ‘y’ for 1898 and the anchor for the Birmingham assay office.
This very attractive and fascinating old pin would have been of great religious and historical significance to the Victorians. From Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
This beautiful pin,in fine antique condition, will arrive in a gift box.