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Victorian Bar Pins

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Victorian jewelry is as complex in it’s symbolism, sentiment and
design as the fashion, architecture and decor of the time. Worn as an
ornament, a love token or a remembrance, both the costume and fine jewelry
of the era not only completed the well-dressed lady’s attire but also denoted her position in society,
her marital status and her sense of self.

Since the Victorian era stretched over six decades, many types of jewelry
came and went in vogue. Mass production made jewelry available to the
widest number of buyers in the broadest range of designs ever seen
before in history. When it came to formal occasions, the "more is
better" theme of the Victorian era carried over into how jewelry was
worn by royalty and the aristocracy. Paintings of Queen Victoria and
other royals at state occasions show multiple brooches, swags, earrings,
bracelets and hair ornaments. But the jewelry of the everyday woman is
collectible, fascinating and a lesson in history that enchants us even

VICTORIAN goldstone bar brooch
with cross, heart and anchor for "faith, hope and love", 1-1/3" by 1".
View #V31853

on a branch with flowers bar pin, 2".
View #V27733

VICTORIAN gold filled and goldstone
"Nanny brooch", circa 1880. One
end of the brooch unscrews to access a hidden compartment which holds a
sewing needle and thread. Marked
on the back "DRCM 268036", 2". See Bell’s Collecting
Victorian Jewelry
page 152.
View #V29310

watch bar pin with calla lily floral motif and yellow and white gold
filled, extremely well detailed,
2-3/4″. View #V26411
VICTORIAN pietra dura bar brooch with pink morning glory and blue
forget-me-nots, 1-1/3" by 1/2".
View #V29819

lapis lazuli glass bead in yellow gold brooch, marked "Gili" on the
back, 2-1/8".

LADY wearing an onyx and seed
pearl earrings and brooch set and a cross pendant.

VICTORIAN 14k tested yellow
gold, old mine cut diamond and onyx bar pin engraved "A.K.Mc to E.G. 1876". This brooch
and a ring were given to Eliza Gray by Alexander K(elly) McClure

(b.1828, d.1910), by her husband in 1876. The jewelry is engraved on both
pieces, and there is an enclosed family note to that effect as well.
View #V50784

VICTORIAN lady wearing a
horseshoe bar pin for good luck and a floral bodice ornament. Carte de viste
signed "H. Walker, Bradford, 150 College Road, Manchester Rd, Bradford".

VICTORIAN sterling silver and gilt double buckles pin hallmarked
Birmingham 1890, 1-7/8".
View #V28801
1887 Roddin Jewelry Catalogue
"Polished and engraved, garnet settings, $3.40"
VICTORIAN gold filled
bar pin with seed pearl, 2-1/3".

VICTORIAN 14k bar pin, 2".
It looks like a "nanny" pin, but does not open that I can see.

9k seed pearl and purple amethyst bar pin with c-catch and safety, 2″.
View #V23373

with red and blue stones and pearl, 2 1/4″ wide. An etched scene
adorns the front of this marvelous piece.
View. #V5154

VICTORIAN gold filled bar brooch with 3
hearts, 1-7/8".
View #V28192
VICTORIAN gold filled
bar pin with compass pendant, 1-3/4" by 2-1/8".
View #V28335
VICTORIAN gold filled
bar brooch with etched floral and leaf designs, 2-1/4".
View #V28334

gold filled with black enamel brooch with Greek key design and two seed
pearls, 2-1/3". View
1887 Roddin Jewelry Catalogue
"Fine rolled gold plate sets"
of brooches and earrings
VICTORIAN gold filled
Etruscan style brooch, 2-1/3".
View #V50646

VICTORIAN sterling
silver bird, heart, flowers and leaves pin, hallmarked circa 1890, 1-5/8".
View #V27908

VICTORIAN sterling silver hallmarked 1894 bird brooch with floral and leaf
design, 1-7/8". View
View #V29132

VICTORIAN sterling
bird bar brooch hallmarked Chester 1892, 1-7/8".

VICTORIAN lady wearing a bar
brooch and a chain necklace with rings and coins as charms. Cabinet card
4-1/4" by 6-1/2" marked "Barron, Sarnia, Ont."
out-of-doors garden pose. Each is beautifully dressed, some carrying
umbrellas, canes and gloves. Photo is 6-7/8" by 9-3/4", and is marked on the
front, "Phares, Photographer, Orville, Cal.".

lady wearing a bar pin and a neck chain with rings as ornaments.

gold filled bar pin with red rhinestones, dangling letter "A", 2-1/8".
View #V50636
1887 Roddin Jewelry Catalogue
"Polished and engraved garnet settings."
VICTORIAN gold filled bar pin
with purple stone, 2-1/8".
View #V28333

VICTORIAN gold filled hallmarked bird and leaves bar brooch, 1-3/4".
View #V28858

VICTORIAN gold filled Mizpah brooch with paste stones, 1-1/2".
View #V28859

VICTORIAN gold filled
heart brooch with etched flowers design.
View #V29579

VICTORIAN 15 karat yellow gold
bar pin with gypsy set greenish aqua stone, marked 9ct on the hinge, 1-1/3"
wide. View

VICTORIAN gold filled
bar pin with compass pendant, 1-3/4" by 2-1/8".
View #V28335

VICTORIAN 9 karat yellow gold
bar pin with pale aqua stone, marked 9ct on the back, 2".
View #V37209

VICTORIAN 9 karat yellow
gold pin with a purple center stone and seed pearls, marked 9ct on the
back, safety chain, 2".

VICTORIAN Halley’s Comet brooch,
1". Halley’s comet passed over in both 1835 and 1910, and I have always
suspected the comet jewelry was made in other years as well. Victorian had a
real fascination with celestial things, and these are an example of that hobby. View

VICTORIAN 9 karat yellow gold
bar pin with faceted tiny amethyst, marked on the back 9ct, loop for a safety
chain, circa 1900, 2". View

VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow
gold bar pin with large clear faceted paste stone, marked 18k but tests
14k yellow gold, 2-1/4". The stone has many facets and tests in the
quartz range, but I am not a gemologist so cannot call it anything but

VICTORIAN gold tone Mizpah double hearts brooch, 1-1/3".

gold bar pin with chain design,
1-3/4". View

EXTRA quality gold front and rolled plate ladies’ lace
pins and hair pins. Polished and engraved.

A.C. Becken 1902 Catalogue

EDWARDIAN sterling silver "Jane" name brooch, hallmarked "WL,
Birmingham, 1907", 1-3/4" by 5/8".
View #V30084

"Best quality gold filled and solid gold front engraved pins."
Sears 1897 Catalogue, page 427

VICTORIAN sterling
hallmarked and maker’s mark double hearts bar pin with rhinestones, 1-7/8". The
brooch is typical of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration jewelry as it has
the crowns and the royal standard comprising of the symbols for England
(lions) Ireland (harp), circa 1897.
View #V29154
VICTORIAN silver and enamel
bow and charm brooch with orange and green enameled flower, 1-1/4".
View #V29152
VICTORIAN sterling, black enamel and seed pearl bar pin, hallmarked, 1-1/2".
View #V28865

sterling bar pin with forget-me-nots motif, 1-5/8".
View #V29240

VICTORIAN yellow gold filled eye-shaped brooch with clear rhinestone
center and beaded edges, 1-3/4". View #V31344

sterling silver "regards" brooch, hallmarked back, 2".
View #V28593

VICTORIAN baby pin gold tone with black enamel, 1-1/8".
View #V32196

VICTORIAN "Baby" pin in gold tone with blue enamel, 1-3/4".
View #V29872

VICTORIAN 9ct gold
tiny pin with raised letters "BABY",
1-1/8". View

filled engraved "baby" pin, 1-1/4".

VICTORIAN baby pin
with green enamel, marked "silver" on the back, 1-1/8".
View #V29479

VICTORIAN gold tone "baby" pin, marked "T.S.C." on the back, 1".
View #V32201

SOLID gold cuff and safety pins for baby, ladies and children.
Solid gold front, rolled plate and sterling safety pins.
A.C. Becken 1902 Catalogue

14k & AQUA ENAMEL tiny delicate lingerie pins
with tiny forget-me-nots. They came to me in this box,
but I do not know for sure that it is the original one.
View #Q19842

VICTORIAN mother and child. The mother wears a vulcanite hair comb, a bar
pin and a cameo slide necklace and holds a purse.

VICTORIAN lady wearing a key
brooch. View

MIZPAH in gold tone with rare artillery badge from WWI brooch, 1-1/3".
View #V31339

Victorian photograph of a young girl wearing an ornate
book chain criss-cross necklace with a cameo and a bar pin, circa 1890.

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a bull’s eye brooch,
2-1/2" by 4". "The Bath Photographic Studio, 14 Argyle Street".
View #Vkph41

VICTORIAN gold tone Mizpah
garter or buckle pin with etched sentiment "May the Lord watch
between me & thee when we are absent one from another", sterling with 14k gilt,
marked on back "H&N", 375 for 9ct gold, and Chester 1887, 1-1/4" by 3/4", slight
damage to the letter "M" visible under 10x magnification.
View #V32222

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing bull’s eye brooch and
locket. "By appointment to her Majesty, Hills & Saunders Photographers", 2-1/2"
by 4". View
View #Vkph9