What makes this hand-crafted Victorian Arts & Crafts brooch truly remarkable is the attention given to its surface detail. The artist who fashioned it managed to combine the appeal of needlework with that of silverwork. The flower petals, engraved to resemble woven threads of fabric, are edged with what look like cross-stitch stars. The stem is prettily textured, too, and the flower's repousse center is even patterned with a stylized floral form. There's so much going on that you can lose yourself in looking at it.
The old "C" clasp indicative of great age is present, as is a hinge of the type introduced in the 1880s. The pinstem remains somewhat elongated, but was at some time shortened a bit in the interest of safety (not a bad idea, since extra-long ones can easily draw blood). This type of hinge lets the pinstem wobble when open, but it fastens securely. A small tear at the top of the hinge has been professionally repaired. Given the extreme delicacy of sterling, the brooch is in lovely condition, although of course the repair is reflected in our low price. Size is 1 3/4" by 1 1/4", with the flower's face measuring 1 1/4" in each direction -- a perfect size to ornament a lapel without overwhelming. Provenance is an East Coast estate.
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