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Alexander Ritchie of Iona - A Rare Enameled Penannular Brooch

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    Posted 5 years ago

    kiwipaul
    (117 items)

    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?

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    1. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Here's the link to this model on the Alexander Ritchie site: http://www.alexander-ritchie.co.uk/enamel_brooch2.htm
    2. Moonhill Moonhill, 5 years ago
      Great find...love and collect Iona Silver. One of my pieces of Richie's work is displayed in David James book.
    3. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Moonhill, do you mean David James' website? (He is the author of the site I quote above). I don't think he has a book about Ritchie, the standard reference is the book by E. Mairi MacArthur.

      If you do mean the website which piece is yours?
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      stunning and a lovely rainbow of color!!
    5. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      There's a lovely detailed article on Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie here: http://www.ionahistory.org.uk/iona-conf-macarthur-word.doc

      On the same site there's a lot of the fascinating history of the Isle of Iona: http://www.ionahistory.org.uk
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      What a pretty brooch.
    7. Moonhill Moonhill, 5 years ago
      On David James' website....under pendants, the last page, Prioress Anna pendant with long chain.
    8. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hey Moonhill - what a magical piece, totally unique. It's right up there in the Ritchie catalogue, I'd say it would do better than this one: http://www.greatwesternauctions.com/alexander-ritchie-celtic-jewellery-soar-high-at-gwa/
    9. Moonhill Moonhill, 5 years ago
      Hay kiwipaul...thank you for the information. Found it at a flea market in Pennsylvania USA at a very good price. I also have one of his knotwork crosses with the same kind of chain and some other pieces of his. Love his work.
    10. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Moonhill, a fabulous piece scored at a flea market, way to go! Sounds like you might be a bit of magnet for Ritchie pieces, keep looking!

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