Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 47

Starting price: 1000 GBP
Price realized: 2000 GBP
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From the Robin Hunt Reference Collection of Royal Memorabilia | Victoria (1837-1901), 'Golden Jubilee' Commemorative Silver and Base Metal Pin Brooches, 1887 (approx. 370) | struck in a number of designs largely including, Circular, Oval, Spade and Rectangular Brooches adorned with Crowns; Cypher; Royal Arms and Portrait, including makers marks for, Birmingham, S. Bros; Rose & Brough; B. Bros; Richard John Green; Henry Walker; James Walter Tiptaft; Arthur Johnson Smith; Sheffield, John Round & Son Ltd, Chester, Hollis & Newman and many others; finally, 9-Carat Garter and Crown Pin Badge, by A&L of London, a handful with damage to the pin, yet largely all in full working order, a most pleasingly intricate and highly decorative collection documenting the manner in which the Jubilee was commemorated, very fine to extremely fine (approx. 370).
During her reign Victoria popularised decorative pins and brooches. In her portraiture she was frequently depicted wearing not just the usual jewels associated with the monarch but also brooches.
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Throughout this period brooches were often worn during times of bereavement and to commemorate loved ones. Victorian's particularly enjoyed these items as they perfectly encapsulated society's love for symbolism. Brooches were frequently adorned with crescent moons and stars; symbolic of feminine power. Iconography such as flowers, butterflies and birds were also heavily associated with them. This popular trend for these small bejewelled items also extended to the way in which the reign of Victoria was celebrated. For both her Golden and Diamond Jubilee's brooches were produced in their thousands, often featuring reoccurring symbols relating to the monarchy, such as crowns, roses, thistle and shamrocks. As well as symbols for everlasting love, faithfulness and security represented by the use of swallows, hearts, ivy leaves and anchors.

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Estimate: £1000 - £1500
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