Posted 6 months ago
I discovered this charming little brooch in an antique shop in the Cotswolds (England) about 25 years ago. It depicts St. Hubertus, the 8th century patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers. The shop owners couldn't tell me anything about the brooch's provenance. I've always longed to know more, because it has several unusual features.
First of all, it's only 9/10ths of an inch (2.3 cm) across, so the detail is extremely fine! It's made of .835 silver, an alloy (often called "European silver") containing a little less silver than our .925 sterling. The back is stamped with the initials "F.H." in a tiny impression only 1 mm long.
Religious medals are likelier to be pendants than brooches, round rather than square; and this square brooch with its distinctively cut corners is, in my experience, unique. I don't know who made it or where it's from (Germany, perhaps? - it is decidedly un-English!).