If you love owls you will be starry-eyed looking at this marvelous Victorian silver owl brooch. The entire surface is textured with raised stars which represent the feathers and are repeated in his eyes. There is also lovely work on the back side with the owl's head and back textured with realistic-looking feathers. The branch and legs are made from a separate piece and move slightly, adding a kinetic element to this piece. The brooch is constructed of unmarked, but acid tested, sterling silver.
This is a wonderful example of Victorian ingenuity, a combination of Industrial Revolution production and handwork. The British makers were so proud of it that they registered the design, as it has a British registry mark on the back.
SIZE: 1-1/2" tall x 1-3/8" high
MARKS: there is the diamond-shape British registry mark on the back, which is a mark used by the British patent office from 1842-83. The symbols in the mark are as follows (clockwise from top): "I", which indicates that it is made of metal; "13", the day of the month that it was registered; "L", which stands for the year it was registered, 1882; "D", the month it was registered which was September; "12", which was a numbered assigned to the manufacturer (sadly, unknown); and the "Rd" in the center which means "registered".
AGE: circa 1882, when it was registered.
CONDITION: excellent antique condition with minor signs of wear.
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Victorian Silver Owl Brooch
$225 SALE PENDING
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