A delightful antique swallow bird brooch from the Edwardian era, c1910! Made of 9ct yellow gold, the sweet brooch features a swallow bird in flight which is accented with natural lustrous seed pearls. The bird rests atop a double asymmetrical bar design with corrugated beads at opposite ends and feather-esque trimmings along the top and bottom of the design. A metal pin and c-loop connection attaches to the back.
A set of stamps to the reverse of the piece are slightly obscured, though reflect early Australian guarantee marks. There is a readable "WI" stamp, which we believe is a production stamp of the Australian maker Aronson & Co - comparable stamps and a similar design of the swallow bar brooch can be seen in the "Australian Jewellers Gold & Silversmiths Makers & Marks" book, (pg 41), indicating the maker to be one of the most notable Australian jewellers throughout the early 20th century, Aronson & Co of Melbourne.
The swallow bird often signified romance, love and safe return. Seed pearls in jewellery often represented purity and was popular as gifts for brides around the turn of 20th century. The brooch would make a charming gift to a loved one.