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22 September 2023, 16:46

Interesting lot. A silver mistletoe brooch by a Victorian jeweler

Interesting lot. A silver mistletoe brooch by a Victorian jeweler
One of the popular lots of the section "Jewelry" right now - an elegant English brooch with a plant motif of the late XIX century. A well-preserved stamp with the initials F.S.B. indicates that the piece was made in the Frederick Sidney Banks jewelry workshop.
In addition to the jeweler's trademark, the back of the piece bears the mark of the Chester Assay Office: three sheaves of wheat and a sword, as well as the letter designation of 1891 - "H".
The Chester Assay Office is one of the oldest in England. Products with its stamp are valued by collectors, because they are not too often found. It ceased to exist in the early 1960s.

Who was Frederick Sidney Banks? Of course, a rich man, like all jewelers. Not much is known about this man - only that he was born in the early 1830s, lived in Birmingham on Northampton Street and died in 1906, leaving a legacy to his son Charles 20000 pounds.
Gold brooch with heart, anchor and ivy by Frederick Banks, 1903
Gold brooch with heart, anchor and ivy by Frederick Banks, 1903
Frederick Sidney Banks' jewelry manufactory pieces often feature horseshoes, a symbol of good luck and amulet, a common motif in Victorian jewelry. Also in the works of the master is often present evergreen ivy, symbolizing immortality.
A horseshoe brooch made in the Frederick Sidney Banks workshop in 1897
A horseshoe brooch made in the Frederick Sidney Banks workshop in 1897
Other items with F.S.B. stamps
Other items with F.S.B. stamps
The brooch from Violity is also interesting because along with ivy leaves, it features mistletoe.
violity.com
violity.com
 In European culture, this evergreen plant is endowed with deep symbolism. Mention of it can be found in chronicles and legends. The English for many centuries consider it one of the symbols of Christmas and believe that it brings happiness and protection. 
The brooch is made of sterling silver and weighs 2.2 grams.

Bidding started with 1 hryvnia, exhibited antique jewelry without reserve.


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