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Vale of Garnock silver pewter brooch designed by Hugh Davidson

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    Posted 3 years ago

    kwqd
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    This brooch is about 2.75" x 1.5". It is silver pewter but is not marked and has no makers mark. It was made by Vale of Garnock, a family business and designed by Hugh Daviidson. It was made circa 1996-7. The pin popped off and I've never had it fixed.

    I bought this in December 1997 when I was a member of a wedding party in Aberdeen, Scotland. My friend was marrying a Dundee girl. One of my ancestors was from St. Andrews and was on the losing side at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and was deported to Maryland, so I made it a point to take the bus to St. Andrews.

    I wanted a souvenir of my visit, but the main street in St. Andrews is surprisingly touristy, so I hit the back streets and found a small thrift shop where I found this pin. I don't recall if I haggled on the price, or not. I did not remember that there was a label on the box when I looked at the pin today and thought I was going to have to mark this as a mystery until I turned it over. Vale of Garnock seems to be extinct as a jewelry maker.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Beautiful lion crest brooch & wonderful remembrance, it's great to visit a place of your ancestry, very nice post
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      @Newfld - Thanks, Jenni. It is definitely a memory piece.

      Thanks for loving my Scottish brooch!

      MALKEY
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      Newfld
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Scottish pin valentino97, LaurenRedmond and AdeleC!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Scottish lion pin Collectables59!
    5. Zarathrusta, 5 months ago
      This is indeed silver pewter. It was designed by my Grandfather Hugh Davidson and Vale of Garnock was run as a family business until his passing. Even though I worked there with the rest of our family the box design suggest it was at the end of my time there around 1996/1997 while I was at university.
    6. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Thank you for the information Zarathrusta! I appreciate it!

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