Antique Victorian Silver Nellie Name Brooch Antique Victorian Silver Nellie Name Brooch

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This lovely little item is a Victorian silver brooch with the girl's or woman's name Nellie, clover and a harp.

Dates to the late 1800s - 1890 to be precise. It is most likely a mourning brooch, rather than sweetheart brooch, due to the unusual addition of the memorial imagery.

Nellie was a girl's given name but also a nickname for names such as Helen, Ellen, Petronella and Eleanor. The Victorians loved their symbolism and here we have the three leaved clover, often used for The Holy Trinity, and a harp, often used to symbolise heaven or love. Both these are used to represent The Republic of Ireland too. The minute I saw the harp and clover it made me think this is a mourning brooch.

Silver and gold sweetheart brooches with female names were very popular in the late 1800s but the Victorians were also known for their rigid traditions and social norms around grief and mourning. Mourning jewellery was worn to keep those lost close to heart and also to indicate to the outer world that the owner was in a state of grief.

A once very much treasured and personal piece of jewellery, no doubt.

Measures: 4.1 x 1.9 cms

Hallmarks: Anchor for Birmingham Assay Office, Lion for British silver, q for the date of 1890, AS for silversmith Albert Sydenham

Condition: Very good with expected age wear

History snippet: The silversmiths Sydenham Brothers also have a brooch listed in the Victoria and Albert Museum online collections, which is worth looking up and seems quite apt as it was Queen Victoria, following the death of her husband Albert, that influenced the wearing of black and the Victorian focus on mourning.

Sorry but the box is for display only and not for sale. I will place this in a new card gift box though.

All vintage items have been pre-used, unless stated otherwise, and may have gentle signs of wear.

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This lovely little item is a Victorian silver brooch with the girl's or woman's name Nellie, clover and a harp.

Dates to the late 1800s - 1890 to be precise. It is most likely a mourning brooch, rather than sweetheart brooch, due to the unusual addition of the memorial imagery.

Nellie was a girl's given name but also a nickname for names such as Helen, Ellen, Petronella and Eleanor. The Victorians loved their symbolism and here we have the three leaved clover, often used for The Holy Trinity, and a harp, often used to symbolise heaven or love. Both these are used to represent The Republic of Ireland too. The minute I saw the harp and clover it made me think this is a mourning brooch.

Silver and gold sweetheart brooches with female names were very popular in the late 1800s but the Victorians were also known for their rigid traditions and social norms around grief and mourning. Mourning jewellery was worn to keep those lost close to heart and also to indicate to the outer world that the owner was in a state of grief.

A once very much treasured and personal piece of jewellery, no doubt.

Measures: 4.1 x 1.9 cms

Hallmarks: Anchor for Birmingham Assay Office, Lion for British silver, q for the date of 1890, AS for silversmith Albert Sydenham

Condition: Very good with expected age wear

History snippet: The silversmiths Sydenham Brothers also have a brooch listed in the Victoria and Albert Museum online collections, which is worth looking up and seems quite apt as it was Queen Victoria, following the death of her husband Albert, that influenced the wearing of black and the Victorian focus on mourning.

Sorry but the box is for display only and not for sale. I will place this in a new card gift box though.

All vintage items have been pre-used, unless stated otherwise, and may have gentle signs of wear.

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You can see our full Shipping & Returns policies at the bottom of this web page in the Delivery & Returns section.

Delivery

UK Delivery: Free standard delivery to UK mainland addresses.

Worldwide Delivery: Royal Mail Airmail. To calculate shipping costs, before you commit to buy, go to your shopping cart where you will find our shipping calculator.

All items are inspected prior to going on sale with their condition noted in the listings. Another quality check takes place at the time of packaging for delivery. Garments are placed in tissue and are shipped in biodegradable mailbags.

Customs charges and duties payable on arrival in the destination country are the buyer's responsibility.

Returns

We offer no quibble returns for all items returned in ‘as sent’ condition. Please contact the shop to cancel your item within 14 days of delivery.

You can see our full Shipping & Returns policies at the bottom of this web page in the Delivery & Returns section.

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