Posted 5 years ago
This is my prize for today! The unusual brooch was lying in a box of costume jewelry. It's 4 1/4 inches long. There are two very minor issues: the pin has been soldered together in the middle, I imagine a long time ago, and the glass dangle is a bit damaged at the top.
So what. :-))))))
I have never seen a piece of jewelry even remotely close to the design of this one. The arrowhead slides up and releases the pin. I'm going to try and track down the maker, H&T. Not a clue about the country of origin.
The "H&T" comes up on the web as Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham.
UPDATE> this is what I found on eBay for a different brooch carrying the same info:
"Stunning Antique early Victorian circa 1848
Buckle Brooch Pin
with a touch of royal blue enamel
Type: Brooch/ Pin Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Sub-Type: Early Victorian 1848 Metal: Silver
Designer: H & T Hilliard & Thomason
We have great pleasure in presenting this early Victorian brooch, some 165 years old.
Very rare design maybe unique, created by Birmingham silversmiths Hilliard & Thomason,
possibly for display on their stand at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
(some blah blah blah and then this):
The rare if not unique Victorian brooch is detailed by the maker on the back,
with his mark & stating a registered design & dated 30 March 1848.
Not hallmarked as this was not a requirement in UK law until 1972/3."
And Bob's your uncle!
Thanks for looking.