Exquisite and quite rare 15ct yellow gold hallmarked brooch by renowned early Australian Melbourne firm of Duggin, Shappere and Co. Modelled as a Harp which is the ‘Official emblem of Ireland’ brooch.
The brooch is marked on reverse with the marks of the aforementioned jewellers, with their mark of the anchor, 15 and the fleece which was the guarantee mark of the Victorian Jewellers Association.
Steeped in symbolism the Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harp status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument's history tells much about the history of the Emerald Isle.
Exquisitely constructed well over 100 years ago this bright 15ct gold piece features twenty five likely natural, rather than cultured, half pearls due to the age of this piece (not lab verified though) and two sweet little peridots to the centre of each ‘clover’ motif.
Hinged pin and traditional ‘C’ clasp to read, with added gold safety chain and pin.
‘Yellow gold’- Orange
‘Peridot’ - Green
‘Pearls’ - White
The green color on the flag represents the native people of Ireland (most of whom are Roman Catholic). The orange color represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century (most of whom are Protestant). The white in the centre of the flag represents peace between these two groups of people.
This wonderful brooch is perfect the way it is, however it could be very easily worn as a pendant with the addition of a larger jump ring to the safety chain existing ring, or, with a jeweller gold soldering a tiny loop to the opposite ‘clover’ this brooch could be converted to a dual purpose brooch/pendant (Just a thought).
4cm x 3cm
‘Anchor’ / 15 / ‘Fleece’
Excellent, pearls are all original no replacements. Lovely condition
*Please note, box and chain are for display*
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