A fabulous English swallow bird brooch from the late Victorian era, year 1898! Made of 9ct gold, this gorgeous brooch is graced with a seed pearl accented swallow bird in flight. The bird looks to be carrying a heart shaped amethyst stone which dangles in a claw setting from below. Trace chain swags decorate either side of the amethyst. The body of the bar brooch is beautifully embellished with granules and coil work, adding further Victorian charm! The reverse has a metal tone pin and gold c-loop. A crisp set of English hallmarks can be sighted to the back, denoting Chester origin, and dating the piece to year 1898. Also the makers mark "H&N" (partially seen) is that of Hollis & Newman.
In the Victorian era Swallow bird jewellery often signified love and devotion across both distance and time. Often given on a couples wedding day, or when the giver set out on a long journey, signifying a safe return.
The size of the brooch measures 4.30cm long.
A wonderful example of Victorian bird motif jewellery, this charming brooch would make a special addition to any antique collection!