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Victorian Brooch Bullseye Scottish Agate - Original

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Victorian Brooch Bullseye Scottish Agate - Original

Large mid-Victorian era striped agate brooch. Known as a "bullseye" brooch. If you are a collector of VICTORIAN jewelry, I'm certain you will be familiar with these wonderful agate brooches produced in England & Scotland during the mid to late Victorian Period. This is a somewhat rare bullseye type piece, because of its size. The name is given to agates of this kind because they resemble eyes when you look straight into them, and they were often worn by the superstitious to ward off "the evil eye".

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made their first visit to Scotland in 1842, only five years after taking the throne. The young Queen was greatly excited by Sir Walter Scott's novels and very anxious to make the acquaintance of her northern kingdom, which soon became one of her favorite haunts after the purchase of Balmoral Castle a few years later. She loved all things Scottish, including distinctive Scottish jewelry, and where the royals go, the masses follow, and by the 1850's Scottish jewelry was all the rage. It remained so throughout the Victorian era. Godey's Ladies Book in February 1862 lists agate as a representation of "Long Life and Health."

The beautiful country of Scotland is home to an amazing array of chalcedony quartz, also known as agate. In ancient times, agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fever. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. Some believe agate renders the wearer invisible, and due to its strength and durability, it is used for making ornaments or for astrological purposes. Agate is a cooling stone and is said to cure insomnia, protect against danger, promote strength and healing, and ensure a healthy life. This is an "Eye Agate" found in Norman's Law, Ochil Hills, Fife, Scotland.

This brooch is set in silver (unmarked), with a very hefty bullseye agate measuring 3/4" high! Brooch itself measures just over 2" across, and is round. Tube hinge with "c" clasp, and pin back extends beyond the brooch itself, consistent with the Mid-Victorian era. Great for Civil War, or perfect for a jacket or sweater today!

Take a look at my other original Victorian brooches! http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179660

Victorian Brooch Bullseye Scottish Agate - Original


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: agate, silver, bullseye
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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