Posted 5 years ago
This is a rare enameled penannular brooch by Alexander Ritchie circa 1939. The date letter is rubbed however it looks like a P, the Birmingham hallmark for 1939, the last year of Ritchie's production on Iona.
It's a large piece at 55mm diameter, with a distinctly Art Deco styling. You can see more details on this model of brooch on the marvelous www.alexander-ritchie.co.uk site. I'll put a clickable link to the page in the first comments box below.
You never know where, when or how you're going to make a find. I was browsing a large London antique silver dealer's site recently, looking for examples of a Georgian snuff box. I saw they had a small jewellery section so had to take a look, and nearly fell off my chair when I saw this for just over a hundred quid. How on earth did a silver dealer fail to check the hallmarks?