This is a wonderful 15k gold Victorian brooch with full hallmarks.
Victorian jewelry was full of symbolism, and this piece is a prime example. The arrow symbolizes mortality and the horseshoe good fortune and protection from evil. (According to folklore, horseshoes should always be worn facing up so the good luck doesn't spill out!)
The piece is interesting in that it is hallmarked twice, once with the date letter for 1886 and another with the date letter for 1887. It was hallmarked at the Birmingham assay office (the symbol is the sideways anchor) and it is marked '15 - 625' for 15k gold. It has been tested and is guaranteed to be 15k gold.
Box sold separately in the shop.
+++ Measurements +++
Approx 2 1/8" long.
+++ Condition +++
The brooch is in good condition with minor wear and patina commensurate with age, as is shown in the photos. It's not perfectly straight, but it is beautiful and has character! This piece is over 130 years old :) Please zoom in and examine closely.
+++ Please read +++
This item is not new, and as such, it has wear commensurate with age. As with all older vintage and antique items, please handle with care.
All items are sold as-is, and I do my best to point out all condition issues and provide a detailed description and photographs.
Unless specified, items have not been cleaned.
I do not accept returns or offer refunds. Please see all photos, read the entire description, and ask any questions before purchasing.