Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 49

Starting price: 800 GBP
Price realized: 1500 GBP
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From the Robin Hunt Reference Collection of Royal Memorabilia | Victoria (1837-1901) 'Diamond Jubilee' Commemorative Silver and Base Metal Pin Brooches, 1897 (approx. 383) | struck in a number of designs including, Portrait Pin Brooches; Long Pin Brooches with Cypher, Crowns and Emblems; Diamond Pin Brooches; Heart Pin Brooches; and others, including makers marks for, Birmingham, Smith Bros [?]; Richard John Wakefield; James Fenton; Joseph Gloster; Henry Cook; Charles Edward Soloman; and others, a broad range of intricate and highly decorative brooches, reflective of the period's fashion for such items, some with damage to the pin, yet mostly all in full working order, very fine to extremely fine (approx. 383).
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.

Viewing strongly recommended. Sold as described, no returns
Estimate: £1200 - £1500
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