Swallow Pin, Victorian Brooch, Bird Brooch, Sterling Silver, Vintage Antique Jewelry
This is a beautifully crafted Victorian brooch depicting a swallow with lots of detail and amazing contrasts in engraving - look at the way the sweet flowers at either end are surrounded by the swirling millegrain, which is also either side of the central bird. The colouring is great too, deep patination. The brooch is secured on the back with the older open c clasp. There is a small hole where there once was a safety chain. Full set of hallmarks, the lion which is England's stamp for sterling silver, the anchor for Birmingham assay office, w for the year 1896. Interestingly the anchor is sideways which was the stamp for gold. Manufacturers initials also there, but I can only read the last two P and S. Possibly Dimier Brothers
The Victorian era was a time of sentimentality. The mortality rate was much lower than it is too day and it was not uncommon for men and women to be in mourning for cherished parents, partners and even children. The swallow inspired hope and expectations. It is a migratory bird with an exceptional homing instinct. Symbols of swallows represent homecomings - "Je reviens"
Being made of sterling silver, the integrity of the brooch is very good. it is in good vintage condition, over 100 years old and the open c clasp still retains tension to stay closed. There is a small crack to the back of the brooch but not visible from the front.
Approx 1 1/2" wide
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