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Please find for sale an extremely rare Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil period silver brooch. The brooch bears the Murrle Bennett and Co. mark, and is also marked 950. It is made from 950 parts out of a thousand parts silver, so has a higher silver content than sterling.

Murrle Bennett were an Anglo-German company (1896-1916), who had close ties with Theodor Fahrner, his company manufactured much of their jewellery.

The hand-beaten appearence of this brooch is in keeping with the English Arts and Crafts style, typical of wares sold by Murrle Bennett. But this brooch displays an unusual Scandinavian Norse influence. It is decorated with a runic inscription copied from the Strand Buckle which was found on a farm in Norway, and dated to approximately 700 AD.

The runic inscription is translated on the back of the brooch as meaning: "May this brooch be for luck". This translation is taken from a book by Professor George Stephens, The Old-northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England, Volume 3. Williams & Norgate, 1884. p. 114.

"The inscription says it was a parting gift. Sail he with HAIL (luck!). May this Brooch be for luck!"

A more accurate translation would be "The jewel is a protection against the dead" or ghosts, or against death! For more information about the Strand Buckle and its inscription please see here: http://www.arild-hauge.com/einscription.htm and scroll down to The Strand Runic Buckle information.

Presumably as this Murrle Bennett brooch does not resemble the Strand buckle, only the runic inscription was copied from it. The design of the brooch comes from the imagination of the 1900's jeweller. The brooch appears to depict a monster with an open mouth, or possibly two snakes or bird heads!

The brooch is in excellent antique condition.

Weight 6.6g
Width 1 1/8 inch / 29mm
Height 7/8 inch / 24mm

This brooch will be sent internationally by Royal Mail Airsure, a signed-for and insured service, and within the UK by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

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British German Scandinavian Norse Viking Runes Arts and Crafts Nouveau Jugendstil Murrle Bennett and Co MB & Co T Fahrner 950 Silver Brooch


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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: silver, pin, brooch, 950, sterling
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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