As soon as we laid eyes on this antique, Victorian brooch we thought, 'shoot for the moon'! Victorians loved symbolism in jewellery and moons were said to represent the feminine moon goddess and female empowerment. The moon is also known for its phases, so using the symbol in jewelery can also represent the changes and ebb and flow of life.
When paired with flowers, Victorian moon jewellery can also be traced back to being worn by new brides on their honeymoon as the combination was said to symbolise the magic of the moon and the sweet nectar of the flower.
This sweet brooch is made of 9ct gold (the pin is silver in colour and is made of base metal) with British hallmarks to the back for 9ct gold, Birmingham and the date letter 'p' for 1889. There is also a maker's mark but this is now a little worn and hard to make out fully.
Both the moon and the arrow have such beautiful detailing to the front. The moon has a lovely bobble-like border decoration and is also peppered with gold flowers. The arrow's fletching (the opposite end to the arrow head) has a pretty two tone gold detail too.
The brooch weighs approx 2.2g in total and measures approx 37.3mm from end to end with owl by approx 18.6mm tall.
Condition - The brooch is in good antique condition to say it is 134 years old but as with most antiques, it does show signs of age and wear, including surface wear to the gold. To the back of the brooch there are signs of an early repair with some dark sold to one end of where the clasp is connected to the brooch's front. The bar pin of the brooch is also a little bent in shape but it still works well. The brooch fastens with a c-clasp which has been kept quite tight so the pin fits snuggly and needs a little force to open and close. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box is not included in the sale but the brooch will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch*
Antique Victorian 1889 9ct gold 'shoot for the moon' arrow and moon brooch/pin
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