Antique Victorian Silver Blue Montrose Agate Round Brooch Pin Engraved c 1880
A lovely antique Scottish agate brooch made of silver - unmarked but tests as such - and set with oval pieces of beautiful Blue Montrose agate.
The brooch dates from around 1880 when Scottish agate jewellery was very popular, due in no small part to the patronage of Queen Victoria who wore the jewellery herself. The brooch is round in shape and is in the form of four oval shaped sections each one set with an oval agate. There is engraved decoration around each stone and a fleur de lys type detail between each of the four ovals. It is 1 5/8ths inch in diameter and the long pin fastens securely to a c-shaped clasp. weighs 15 grammes unpacked.
The brooch is in very good condition, ready to wear. The two top agates are slightly higher set than the lower two which are flush with the silver, so have likely been re-fixed at some time in the brooch's history. The agates in this type of jewellery were usually set in place with pitch. All stones are very secure.
This is a lovely item of Victorian jewellery and a very wearable piece.