ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2  1/4
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2  1/4
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2  1/4
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2  1/4
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2  1/4

ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH AGATE SILVER BROOCH LARGE 2 1/4" C.1870-80

Product code: K925
£185.25

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Large Victorian Agate Brooch....
This is a fabulous impressive sized brooch, and in great condition.
It is set in a silver band with a rope twist border.
An amazing piece of Agate with cloudy milky colours that looks like toffee.
There are no hallmarks which is typical of the majority of these Scottish agate brooches, but it has been tested by myself - it tests as silver. For a little bit of history behind Scottish Agates - see below the pictures.
In good condition, there is is a small piece out of the back but you can see in the pictures that this is a natural fissure. The original C catch has been replaced with a roll over clasp of base metal. The pin extends well beyond the edge of the brooch which tells me this is an earlier agate brooch* circa 1860. Size is: 2 1/4" (5.7cm) x 1 3/4" (4.5cm)
For a little bit of history about Scottish Agates there is some further information after the pictures below.

Scottish Agate or Pebble Jewellery was made popular by Queen Victoria. When she travelled to the Highlands with Prince Albert she fell in love with the dramatic landscape and went on to purchase Balmoral, the rest as they say is history. This love extended to all things Scottish and when the London papers reported that the couple were wearing “polished pebble brooches made from local stones” it set a trend that would last for decades and even spread to Europe.
Written examples of this sweeping fashion are to be seen in the novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell in her novel Cranford (1851) set in the Cheshire village of Knutsford where one of the characters – Miss Pole was wearing no less than 7 Scottish pebble brooches!

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Product Code K925

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