Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 50

Starting price: 70 GBP
Price realized: 90 GBP
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From the Robin Hunt Reference Collection of Royal Memorabilia | Victoria (1837-1901) Memorial Badges and Pendant (23) | struck largely in silver, base metal and celluloid, depicting photographic portraits of Victoria; another, VR crowned cypher with black ribbon; and, enamelled crescent shaped badge, VR at centre; finally, two celluloid badges depiciting the Queen Victoria Memorial, an eclectic array and interesting insight into the way in which Victoria was mourned by the nation after her death in 1901, very fine to extremely fine (23).
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: £100 - £200
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