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Victorian Scottish Knife Brooch

Victorian Scottish Knife Brooch

$850.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1870

Striking antique Scottish brooch formed as a dirk (aka knife) and probably originally intended for wear as a kilt pin. It's beautifully made, crafted in sterling silver with "pebble" set hilt, carnelian pommel, and a Celtic inspired design engraved down the blade. The stones are various forms of agate, including bloodstone, Montrose lace agate, carnelian, and jasper - cut into irregularly shaped cabochons. Queen Victoria's love of Balmoral, Deeside, (and generally all things Scottish) generated a buoyant demand for jewellery of this style, and it's estimated that the number of people working in jewellery manufacturing in the 1870s exceeded two thousand. 

STONES 

Various Agates (polycrystalline quartz)

MEASUREMENTS 

9.9 x 1.5cm

WEIGHT 

18.5g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as sterling silver

CONDITION 

Excellent, the silver has acquired some tarnish/patina over the years. Can be polished back to high shine prior to shipping if desired.

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