Antique Victorian 1891 Sterling Hallmarked Maltese Cross Engraved Brooch

Price $125.00
Dimensions: 1 3/8 by 1 1/8"
Designer signed: fully hallmarked ,B&W

This fabulous antique Victorian sterling brooch was crafted in Birmingham England in 1891.  The unusual design features an eight pointed star applied to a Maltese cross, the oval center heavily engraved with ivy leaves, the symbol of wedded bliss.   Victorians loved to infuse their jewelry with heavy symbolism, the star a symbol of protection, the arms of the Maltese cross symbolizing temperance, prudence, justice, and fortitude.  The brooch is signed B&W for William Brown and Bernard Wheelwright, the company  founded in 1857. The brooch is fully hallmarked, in excellent  condition, measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/8,  and closes with a c-clasp

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