Brooch – antique bar brooch

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An antique bar brooch¹ styled as a yellow gold-coloured curve featuring a rose gold-coloured² heart surrounding a stylised flowerhead³. Secured with a pin a hook. Circa 1900-1910.

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Brooch – Edwardian Bar Brooch

An antique bar brooch¹ styled as a yellow gold-coloured curve featuring a rose gold-coloured² heart surrounding a stylised flowerhead³. Secured with a pin a hook. Circa 1900-1910.

 

Details.

Measuring: 39.95mm x 14.02mm.

Unhallmarked: tested and valued as 9ct gold.

Stamped: ‘9ct’.

Sponsor’s mark: ‘A&C’ (possibly Able & Charnell, Thomas Able and Walter James Charnell, Frederick Street Birmingham).

Weight: 1.49g.

Condition: fair.

 

£75.00.                                                                                                                                         

 

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¹. Bar brooches appeared in the 1890s and immediately enjoyed a great success. In its simplest form the bar brooch was plainly set with a single diamond, but its functional shape offered the jeweller a field in which to exploit their fantasy and imagination, thus bar brooches were decorated with crescents and stars, sprays of leaves and flowers, pheasants and chat idles, swallows and flies, shamrocks and clovers (David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti 'Understanding Jewellery', 1989).

 

². Gold is too soft to be used in jewellery in its purist state and it is always alloyed with some other metal to make it more durable. As one might expect, this kind of metal mixed with the gold influences the colour of the resulting alloy; a proportion of copper results in a reddish shade and silver gives metal with a strange greenish cast. Even blue gold can be obtained by adding a small percentage of iron (Peter Hinks, 'Nineteenth Century Jewellery', 1975).

 

³. Several symbols were used on these brooches: love birds often perched on a crescent with an obvious meaning; the anchor of hope; the heart alone or with a cross and anchor for faith, hope and charity; a lover’s knot or buckle; and a horseshoe for good luck. Of course, the heart was particularly significant. You can often find it pierced with an arrow, as two hearts united by Cupid’s arrow, or in the form of a heart padlock, tied with a pink gilt bow and resting on a key. The various species of plant could be barely recognised, and the flowers and leaves became very stylised, and usually overlaid with pink gold alloys and their leaves with yellow (Vivian Becker, ‘Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery: A Guide for Collectors’, 1980).

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