Splendid Scottish Specimen Agate Plaid Dirk Brooch
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A lovely piece for the collector, dating to circa 1850-60 and inspired by the design of a Scottish dirk, a splendid hand crafted specimen Victorian Scottish Agate brooch. In Silver and set with a variety of
this jewel displays an array of stones and much care has been taken in the arrangement of the stones to create the most striking effect. The natural patterns and colours are shown in their wonderful earthy contrast; we believe the stones to be red Jasper and grey Montrose Agate, Bloodstone and foiled Crystals. The Silver between the stones is engraved nicely.
'Scottish' Jewellery became very fashionable in the mid 19th century, popularised by the visits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Scotland and after their purchase of the Balmoral Estate in 1852.
From the Victoria and Albert Museum;
'In the early years of the 19th century, the poetry and novels of Sir Walter Scott put Scotland on the tourist map. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very fond of Scotland. Scottish pebble jewellery, already fashionable in the 18th century, became a popular souvenir. Birmingham jewellers responded to the demand, sometimes using stones from countries other than Scotland.'In lovely condition, it measures 4.5cm across, and fastens with the traditional 'C' clasp.
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