Truly a remarkable piece of history, this pre-Victorian brooch features the crowned eagle associated with Poland and its royals for more than a thousand years. The bird's stylized form is most like the versions favored by medieval monarchs Przemyslaus II and Wladyslaw Lokietek for their coins and coats of arms.
Certain details of its fabrication let us date the jewel very precisely to the period when a wave of patriotic nationalism swept through Europe -- redrawing imperial maps in some cases, although the 1830 uprising in Poland failed.
To compare this with our dated William IV coronation pin from England, type 1830 in the search box; you'll find the fastening hardware is identical -- same old T-hinge, ovoid C clasp and thick, elongated pinstem.
Most likely made for and prized by someone who participated in the uprising, the brooch measures 1 5/8" high and 1 1/4" wide and bears now-indiscernible silver marks on the clasp. It will be a splendid conversation piece for anyone of Polish heritage, and can be worn equally well by a man or a woman.
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