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EDITH Silver Name Pin - Edith - Late Victorian

This silver name pin has only a partial Birmingham Hallmark ( the Anchor and the letters A & C in triangles which are the maker's mark) but I am fairly sure that it dates from the 1890s to 1900 because of the style.  The brooch has the name EDITH in uppercase fancy lettering and has lots of embellishments in the form of applied engraved flowers, engraved foliate decoration and applied silver balls.  This is typical of high Victorian - very decorative!  

It is a nice  example of an antique Victorian silver name brooch. The brooch is in very good condition.  On the reverse it fastens with an old fashioned 'c' type clasp which appears to be a replacement catch as it is in brass rather than silver. Measuring approximately1.75 inches by .75 of an inch this pin is ready to wear and enjoy!

In the 1880’s Sterling silver jewellery became popular for everyday wear and was mass produced using the new machinery. This brought small jewellery pieces into a price range that more people could afford. Many items were made in an area in Birmingham fondly named  Britain’s Jewellery Quarter. All manner of Brooches were produced not just names but flowers, leaves, commemorative, hearts and birds. Some set with paste or gems, some enamelled - all affordable and novel.  The Victorians and Edwardians liked these sentimental brooches and pins.  The origins of the Name brooch, pin or badge was to 'label' the staff in large country houses. Later name pins were used as love tokens or sweetheart jewellery and there are examples of all kinds and a wide variety of styles and names, initials and so on. You can find name brooches in Sterling silver, Gold, base metals, metal wires, carved in Whitby Jet, Bone, Ivory and Mother of Pearl and also in enamel finishes. These great pieces of sentimental jewellery make wonderful Christening gifts and are a great collector's item for anyone interested in the Victorian era and the first part of the 20th Century.


Designer or Brand: Makers mark 'A & C'

Country of Origin: UK - Birmingham Assay Office

Condition: Very Good

Decade: 1890s

Era: Antique

Type:  Name Brooch

Material: Sterling silver

EDITH Silver Name Pin - Edith - Late Victorian

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