Silver, other metal
Overall: 3/4 x 3 in. ( 1.9 x 7.6 cm )
Silver 3-step disc brooch with hinged pin and hook attachment on reverse; center disc with beaded outer edge depicts a crowned lion standing on the crown of England; center disc is surrounded with 7 smaller discs alternating with 7 spheres, the discs depict: a seated female nude in outdoor setting, seated male nude bard with lyre, female nude in half of a scallop shell, warrior's head in profile, unidentifiable image framed with laurel leaves crossed at the bottom, St. George slaying a serpent from a winged horse; seated male nude holding a long abject over one shoulder (pole or spear?); discs and spheres are surrounded with stamped rinceau design in 2 bands, surrounded by a row of spheres beaded in a sawtooth pattern at the outer edge; center bottom edge on reverse has ring finding allowing additional attachments to the brooch.
Queen Victoria of England was very proud of her Scottish heritage, and Scottish jewelry came into vogue during her reign, especially after her purchase of Balmoral castle in the 1850s. After the death of Albert in 1861, the jewelry continued to be made but lost its widespread popularity.
Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans
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