Some people believe that horseshoes should be pointing upwards to hold the luck in and others believe they should be pointing downwards to let the luck shower out. Whatever you believe, this beautiful antique horseshoe brooch can be worn whichever way you choose. And just look at that wonderful rose gold detailing too!
Made of sterling silver, the brooch has British hallmarks to the back for the maker 'H.C', sterling silver, Birmingham and a date letter. Sadly the bottom half of the date letter is now a little rubbed and hard to make out but from what we can see, we believe the brooch dates to 1881. The rose gold detailing has been added as a wash to the tops of the studs.
The horsehose has a simple pin clasp to the back and there is an additional small spike on the hinge side of the clasp. We believe this is an early example of a safety mechanism as this looks to be pushed into the fabric first before pinning.
The brooch weighs approx 6.2g and measures approx 33.2mm tall by approx 33mm wide by approx 3.4mm deep. The horseshoe is hollow in the middle.
Condition - The brooch is in good antique condition with some light surface wear to the silver. There is a lot of movement in the pin on the clasp where it attaches to the hinge but the mechanism does still work. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box pictured is not included in the sale but the brooch will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch.*
Antique Victorian silver and rose gold lucky horseshoe brooch
All items are carefully wrapped and packaged in a gift pouch. In the UK, we always post items via Royal Mail's Special Delivery service which is fully tracked and insured. Items sent outside of the UK are sent via Royal Mail's International signed for service, which offers insurance for up to £250 and tracking.