It is very unusual to find an antique, agate-set anchor as a pendant: mostly they are found as brooches, so to be able to wear with a chain makes this a much more wearable piece. Dating to the first decade of the 20th century, it was crafted at the tail end of the period when Scottish pebble brooches were hugely popular having been frequently worn by Queen Victoria. However with her passing in 1901, fashions were changing with a move towards the more sinuous and modern art nouveau style. The anchor is set with green bloodstone and red agate.
The surface of the piece is nicely hand-etched to give extra interest and there is a large ring at the top, slightly dented and rolled inwards giving it a slightly flat appearance. On the reverse, there are no hallmarks, which is not unusual for the time, but the brooch is stamped sterling silver. It has been highly polished, not by me!And comes with a later, modern silver chain. Length with bale 5.5cms x width 3cms at the widest point, weight with (adjustable) chain 7.8g.
Chain drop 10-11.5 inches. This is an opportunity to own a lovely and wearable piece of antique jewellery which is bound to appeal to sailors and non-sailors alike!Please note photos are enlarged to show detail. Scale can be assessed by photo 12. Sorry, but antique box is for display only and is NOT included in the sale.