Victorian England. High Society. The Grand Tour!
High-born young English gentlemen traveled. And brought home souvenirs. And sparked waves of popular design...fads, in a word. It was the age of revivals.
Popular history says there were two waves of Egyptian Revival. One occurred in the late 1900s after the opening of the Suez Canal. The other was sparked by the discovery and excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Sphinxes, scarabs, lotus blossoms, falcons, vultures, serpents, hieroglyphs, ankhs, The Eye of Horus adorned all manner of jewelry and home decoration.
In the late 1800s, Egyptian Revival jewelry seems to have been a discrete fashion. In contrast, in the 1920s Art Deco jewelry designs owe much inspiration to the popularity of Egyptian motifs, even when the pieces are not overtly Egyptian.
This pin is a charming piece, with an opal flanked by birds. It is a small watch pin, very Victorian in size and function. It would be a great addition to your collection.