Antique Victorian Scottish Agate Cairngorm Silver Brooch
- This 1880-90s pin is 1 1/2″ wide and shaped in the form of a Maltese or St. John’s cross.
- It may also be known as the Cross Patée because of its splayed arms. In this brooch the arms are concave and the ends are straight.
- Agates include green and red speckled bloodstone from the Isle of Rum and burnt orange and brown jasper from the Campsie Fells in Stirlingshire (a range of volcanic hills to the north of Glasgow).
- Pattern surrounding agates is chased hammering, producing raised x’s in the arc between the inset stones.
- Arcs were cut out of the silver and the tiny beading along the top was cut from the silver sheet. (see back photograph).
- Hammered triangles form the border around the agates.
- Four large silver beads surround the central Cairngorm for decorative purposes to make the stone stand out. Six silver prongs set the citrine Cairngorm.
- Well executed cut outs between the agates contain small pyramidal shapes topped with small silver balls illustrative of the Etruscan Revival of the late Victorian era.
- Brooch measures 1 1/2″ W by 1 1/2″ T, with vintage trombone C-clasp in good working order.
- There are no hallmarks, which was common in the late 18th Century however, testing indicates it is sterling silver.
- Bead on the end of the cross by the pin stem is missing, and a small dent exists on the bead between agates near the pin stem. Slight scratching on top of Cairngorm, visible only with a loupe, otherwise in very good condition for 135 year pin.
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