Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Symbolic Bell Bar Pin Brooch - P.P.& Co. - Dated 1881 #c791
This lovely British bar pin brooch was made by Payton, Pepper & Co., Birmingham, a British jewelry company that produced fine jewelry from the late 1800s through circa 1940s. It is a wonderful piece of jewelry full of the symbolism that Victorians favored in the mid to late 1800s.
The brooch is comprised of fine sterling silver and features a bar pin top with a central chased forget-me-not flower and chased leaves and designs on each side. Three beautiful tinkling bells hang down beneath the top bar, adding a touch of musical charm to this marvelous piece. The large bell in the center has a fantastic hand-chased design of a star in the center with the rest of its area filled with scattered accents. The pin closes with an old style c catch. It's such a delightful piece!
The brooch measures about 3/4 inch long, 1 3/4 inches wide and weighs 4.4 grams. It is signed "P.P.&Co" for Payton, Pepper & Co. and hallmarked with a lion symbol for sterling silver, with a lower case letter "g" for the year 1881, and with a sideways anchor for Birmingham. The pin in the pin back is not silver.
Victorian symbolic jewelry pieces like this one are beautiful and very collectible! The brooch would make a fine addition to an antique jewelry collection and a very nice gift. The brooch is in very good condition for its age. One of the smaller bells is more compressed than the other two bells (photo #8), but the ringer works in it and it really doesn't detract visually. It could be easily opened up more if desired. It's a superb antique gem with great historical charm!
More history about this piece:
Brooches from this period in time were full of the symbolism that held importance to the Victorians. Flowers could have many meanings depending on their type, but most represented love, beauty or remembrance. Bells ringing were said to ward off evil while the star indicated the guiding spirit. So this exquisite piece of jewelry most likely had great meaning to the lady who owned it. It was probably a custom piece created with a symbolic message known only to her.
SIGNED: BRITISH HALLMARK OF A LION SYMBOL FOR STERLING SILVER, LOWER CASE G LETTER FOR THE YEAR 1881 & A SIDEWAYS ANCHOR SYMBOL FOR BIRMINGHAM AND P.P.&Co FOR PAYTON, PEPPER & CO. OF BIRMINGHAM
SIZE: APPROX 3/4 INCH LONG AND 1 3/4 INCHES WIDE
WEIGHT: APPROX 4.4 GRAMS
CONDITION: VERY GOOD, PRE-OWNED, ANTIQUE CONDITION. ONE OF THE SMALLER BELLS IS MORE COMPRESSED THAN THE OTHER TWO (PHOTO #8). THE RINGER WORKS IN THE BELL AND IT DOESN'T DETRACT VISUALLY. THE BELL COULD BE OPENED UP MORE IF DESIRED.
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