Antique, Victorian Silver black dot paste twin flying swallows, birds, brooch. Circa 1890
A beautiful pair of Silver flying swallows, each featuring eight, black-dot paste stones mounted on the tail feathers and wings.
Features include feather like engraving, tiny beaks and each bird is embellished with a tiny glass ruby eye.
Complete with C-clasp fitting.
Highly collectable, this lovely paste brooch has all of the original paste stones (though one has a chip).
The swallow mates for life and is a symbol of enduring love and loyalty. It also represents a safe return home. Sea voyages during the Victorian period were long and dangerous.
The swallow is the first bird seen by sailors when they are nearing land, the swallow represents “I will return to you”. This romantic brooch was most likely given to a sweetheart as a token of love!
Hallmarked: Sterling and makers mark: FWH
MEASUREMENTS: 37.8 x 14.5mm
HALLMARKS: As above
CONDITION: Good – though one of the paste is chipped
DATE: Victorian (1837 to 1901)