There are times when we do buy things on Ebay especially when it is a striking piece such as this lovely silver brooch. Our first thought was Victorian which would place it smack dab in the middle of the 1800′s.
I was pretty excited when it arrived. As usual, Mark was his cool, collected self. I guess that may be a good thing for I often need someone to nail my feet to the floor. Anyhow, on with the story…
The brooch measures 2″ x 1″ and the intricate metal work is amazing. It is marked 1000. Keep in mind that 925 means silver. The 1000 mark was used on the very finest silver in Europe. It did not necessarily mean it was pure silver but that it was the highest grade possible.
So, I now know it comes from Europe. In studying the design it did not quite fit with Victorian for the intricate design was within the brooch whereas Victorian designs tended to have the design around the edges.
Also interesting is that it had a C-clasp, not a safety catch. This would date it pre-1910. Hmmm…
Of course it is most often impossible to track an un-signed piece of jewelry to a very specific date or place, it is our opinion that this piece is Edwardian and was made approximately 1905. It may be of Scandinavian origin.
Regardless, this is a stunning brooch with a rich history and whomever purchases it will enjoy it for years to come. It is not even on our website yet but it will be soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing this item, please e-mail us.