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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Lovely thistle brooch marked "Mizpa". It was bought on ebay several years ago. It measures 1.9x1.4 inches.
    Unfortunately, all I know about this mark is that it's connected to scottish style jewelry. Can anyone tell me more? :)

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    1. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      I like it!! Beautiful color
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      A friendship brooch.
      Mizpah is from Genesis 31:49.
    3. tenshi tenshi, 4 years ago
      Thanks all for loving!
      Efesgirl, it's really interesting, I didn't knew that.
      nutsabotas6, thank you for link, I will look for mark.
    4. Agate1122303, 4 years ago
      Typical vintage Scottish brooch , base metal , plated sometimes with silver , or rhodium amethyst stones usually paste , this particular pattern brooch is also made in sterling silver
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago

      "The hearts and arrow signature with or without the Mizpah signature was made by the Ward Brothers from Scotland. Who had factories in both Scotland and Birmingham. The signature is on the back of a piece.

      Not to be confused with the Victorian MIZPAH jewellery which was usually heart designs with the words Mizpah on the front. Sentimental and worn by someone separated from their loved ones.

      Two very different styles of jewellery and should never be taken for the same meanings."
      These can get a bit confusing and I believe Miracle has taken over the Ward Bros designs now!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      The thistle figures prominently in Scottish items all the way to flags and coats of arms.
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Should have added that I love your brooch!!
    8. tenshi tenshi, 4 years ago
      TassieDevil, big thanks for comprehensive answer! Now I mark it solved :)
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      You are very welcome Tenshi.......thank you:-))

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