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Edwardian 15ct Gold Pair of Tortoise’s Brooches in Original Case



A pair of 15ct gold “novelty” brooches, as they are known in the trade. They are of two tortoises set with natural split pearls and matched turquoise. They are joined by a 15ct gold pearl set chain and are in their original case. They were retailed in Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1900-1910. The tortoise is an auspicious animal. It is a symbol of good luck and symbolises a long life, wisdom and peace

Written by Olly Gerrish

Wonderful “Novelty” pins

Date & OriginEdwardian (1901-1914), English
MeasurementsLength of chain 12 cm
Tortoises 1.4 cm by .8 mm
Length of pins 3.2 cm
Case 9 cm by 9.5 cm
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 15ct gold
Case marked on silk "To her Majesty the Queen, Edward & Sons Diamond merchants. 92 Buchanan Street. Glasgow"

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