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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1074228: Victorian Scottish Silver & Agate Brooch C1855

Victorian Scottish Silver & Agate Brooch C1855

£410    $522    €485
Technical Description
 
A very fine 19th-century Victorian silver and agate brooch in the form of a twisted rope dating to c1855. A combination of five colourful Scottish agates have been expertly carved and set flush to the silver in a way that bevels the surface. The silver is mounted with a handmade scrolling c-clasp, extended pin and tube hinge. The small attachment loop is intact. Unmarked, as is the case with much of the Scottish silver jewellery produced during the mid-Victorian era.
 
The agates exhibited on this brooch are;
 
A particularly dark "classic" bloodstone to one end, the birthstone for March, Pisces. This is green jasper (chalcedony) with red hematite inclusions and showing some transparent quartz. This is likely a specimen from the west coast of Rum at Sgurr Mhor, otherwise known as Bloodstone Hill.
 
Next is a blue lace agate found mostly in the Montrose area, this is in the desirable waterline pattern which is when the deposits become completely parallel.
 
The central agate is a Campsie jasp-agate, very finely mottled yellow with reddish-brown inclusions and flashes of clear quartz spread throughout, native to central Scotland and found in the Campsie Hills north of Glasgow.
 
Next is a green moss agate with white and clear quartz bordering.
 
Lastly is a full jasper, again from the Campsie Hills showing its more characteristic ochre yellow mottled with rust red and black.
 
Date & Origin
 
Scotland. Period of Queen Victoria, c1855.
 
Condition
 
Excellent. The clasp is in full working order.
 
Dimensions
 
Diameter: 7.3cm x 2cm
 
Historical Context
 
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Scotland in 1842 returning annually after being swept away by the charm and splendour of the Perthshire hills. The Royals' admiration towards the land and people promoted a similar reaction from their subjects.
 
The boom in trade between the nations saw that Scottish trinkets and motifs became very popular, especially the so-called ‘pe...
The antique presented on this page [ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1074228] was made in the Victorian Era :
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