The swallow was a popular motif in Victorian and Edwardian jewelry and is undeniably a beautiful design element. But what does this pretty little bird symbolize?
In folklore and legend, swallows have long been associated with safe travel for sailors upon the sea. Sailors would often have an image of a swallow tattooed on their body as a symbol of good luck.
In jewelry, items with this motif were given as a promise to return or as a gift to ensure safe travels for a loved one.
Swallows are also a symbol of faithfulness, as they often remain with the same mate for life.
This lovely and very unique piece is a sovereign case, meant to hold coins. Dating from the turn of the century, 1890s to 1900s, it is brass with a fading gold plating, hand painted with a swallow carrying a love note, sealed with a red heart.
It hangs on an 18k gold filled long guard chain with a spring ring on one end and a dog clip on the other. (Marked 18CT GF)
A beautiful symbol of love and a wonderful gift, this is definitely a one of a kind piece.
Box is for display purposes only, but please contact me if you would like a box, and I will do my best to find one suitable. Otherwise it will be shipped in a black craft box, ready for gifting.
+++ Measurements +++
Case measures 1 3/8" without the bail, 2 1/8" with the bail
Chain measures 52" total length
+++ Condition +++
Very good condition overall with a few minor condition issues to note:
- Spring ring on the chain sticks a bit when opened, but can easily be pushed back into place and is secure
- Some wear to the paint on the sovereign case
- Gold plating on case is also worn from use
Case opens and closes securely and is still usable should you want to include a sovereign or two :)
+++ 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.