Antique Sweetheart Pin Victorian Sterling Silver Forget-Me-Not Anchor PansyI have for sale a antique Victorian love token collar brooch/pin. What a neat item. This hard to get sterling silver collar pin with anchor and pansy floral decor consistent with Victorian style jewelry is just darling. This collar pin is designed to signify hope and steadfastness for the wearer and is based upon the biblical passage of Hebrews 6:19 "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil". The pansy symbolism refers to always in the wearers heart & thoughts - a form of courtship. Love the symbolism of Victorian pieces.
This piece would make a fabulous gift to a bridge on her wedding day for the something old category! Many of these old Victorian symbols harken back to a more innocent time in some ways. The sweetheart pin, or Forget Me Not was a token of love given to remind that someone special that they are loved.
British marks either predate the silver tax mid 1780's time frame or are post date the silver tax circa 1913/1914 near the start of the WW1 time frame. Stamps are Anchor (Birmingham), Lion and the letter O (piece does not have the silver tax stamp on it). Stamp location makes it difficult for my untrained eye to determine which time frame this was made by the box shape so I am calling it WW1 and pricing it accordingly. If from the mid 1780's Georgian Era it is worth considerably more and much more rare. However the tax stamp started in 1786 and the letter N is 1786 no tax stamp and the letter O is 1786 with tax stamp and this does not have it. Frankly, the design and style of the pin mechanism suggests it is much older but the transition date of the stamp without knowing the maker makes it impossible to determine for me if the piece was made during which time period.
It is signed by the maker I believe it is a W, but I do not have book that references this silver makers mark. Neat item. Great gift idea for the something old wedding item for a Navy bride :)
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This item condition is shows age and wear as would be consistent with an antique item. Functional and attractive. Unpolished - uncleaned beyond a sonic soap and water bath.
This item will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail.
IVL - W25
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Tags: Jewelry antique, Return, Used, Wedding
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