A Victorian Diamond Pheasant Brooch
A Victorian diamond set pheasant brooch, pave set with rose diamond with a cabochon ruby eye, standing on a base with fence and foliate detail, the diamonds set in silver and mounted on yellow gold, circa 1880, measuring 4.9 x 2cm, gross weight 5.4 grams, illustrated in “Jewelry For Gentlemen” by James Sherwood, page 199. This Victotian brooch is in very good condition.
Not marked tested as 15ct gold and silver
A fine Victorian brooch. During the mid-Victorian era, men’s jewellery featured an array of motifs related to hobbies or professions. This brooch was most likely worn as a reference to pheasant hunting, a popular sporting pastime during the nineteenth century. The body of the pheasant and surrounding base and fence details are all set with lively and glittering diamonds. The eye of the pheasant is a vivid cabochon ruby. The pheasant’s legs have been meticulously rendered, featuring wonderful detail. This brooch is a lovely and expressive piece.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.