Antique 15ct Gold ‘Lily of the Valley’ Brooch ‘Willis & Sons’ Circa 1895

Impeccable and in like new condition this approximately 126 year old brooch is a testament to the maker and obviously the previous owner/caretaker.
Crafted around the turn of the century from bright and lush 15ct yellow gold and set with 40 pristine seed pearls in the motif of a ‘Lily of the Valley’ flower.

‘Known as the May lily the symbolism surrounding the Lily is one of a ‘return to happiness’ and representing ‘purity, happiness, luck and humility’.

Crafted by our iconic early Australian jewellery firm Willis and Sons and clearly hallmarked with their hallmark, 15ct stamp and guarantee mark of the ‘wheat sheaf’.
Pieces of this large and impressive quality don’t present them selves often.  One for the true collector of quality antique Australian jewellery.

History of Lily of the Valley

On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX received lily of the valley as a gift of luck and continued the tradition every first of May by giving the women of his court this fragrant flower. Today, every year in France, bunches of lily of the valley are sold on streets. It is also considered the flower of fairies, its tiny bells used as cups from which to drink.

Seed pearl
15ct yellow gold
6.81 Grams
5.5cm x 2.5cm
‘Unicorn’ Willis and Sons trademark hallmark
‘Wheatsheaf’ Guarantee mark for 9ct gold as per    Guarantee mark of the M.J.A of Victoria
Impeccable condition. All pearls original with no signs of replacement.  Original safety chain. Hallmarks clear. Original C clasp and pin in excellent working order.

Please note jewellery case is for display

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