Initial Pique Brooch,Sterling Silver Antique Letter E Brooch Pin 1908
Sterling silver antique Victorian to Edwardian pique brooch pin, circa 1908, with the initial letter E on the front. The English brooch has a finial beaded border with the letter set in a mottled faux tortoise shell background. A carved out design on the back adds to the uniqueness of the piece which is closed with a tubular and c-clasp closure. This looks splendid either for the gents or ladies. Excellent craftsmanship.
The technique for making pique, inlaying gold and silver into shell or ivory, was brought to England by the Huguenots when they were expelled from France in the late 17th Century. Pique jewelry blossomed in the late 1800's.
Materials: Sterling Silver
Gemstone: Bone, Shell
Measurements: 1 1/2 inches in diameter
Hallmarks: Anchor for Birmingham, Lion passant for sterling silver and the letter date "I for 1908 as well as the maker R.W.H.
Date: Circa 1908
Condition: The shell is free of chips or nicks with a few of the hollow finial ends dented. All the other sterling bears a wonderful patina. Very well executed and a wonderful antique treasure.