A wonderful antique Scottish agate brooch from the Victorian era, c1880! Made of sterling silver, the design is in the style of the highly important Hunterston brooch, a Celtic penannular brooch with an important history.
Colourful Scottish agates decorate the design including four elongated agate segments and larger cabochon at the top and bottom; A reddish-brown pear shaped jaspagate rests at the top, a dark green red speckled oval shaped bloodstone at the bottom, and smaller segments in between include striated Montrose agate, bloodstone and jaspagate. Beautiful hand engraved patterns with Celtic connotations decorates the entire front silver surface, and the entire piece, including the stones, has been masterly hand made. In character with many 19th century sterling pebble pieces, no hallmarks or stamps are sighted to the piece, tests indicate sterling silver. A pin and c-loop catch attach to the back. The piece measures 6cm height x 4.50cm across.
A video of the brooch can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/cTvrbHY__e0
The Hunterston brooch was the first ever early medieval brooch discovered in Ayrshire, Scotland c1830. It was estimated to be made within a few decades of 700 AD is currently housed in the National Museum of Scotland. Similar style antique Scottish brooches can be seen in the wonderful Diana Scarisbrick's book (Scottish Jewellery/A Victorian Passion), pg 82.
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A unique bonnie brooch with Scottish and Celtic elements wrapped into one!