Robert Allison was a Glasgow-based jeweller from the early 1940s, working mostly in a'Celtic Revival' style. Much of his output featured brooches and pins with Celticinterlacing or knotwork designs, thistles, stag's heads, and often with beautiful cabochon or faceted Scottish gemstones. This brooch, dated 1953-54 (lower case'e') is oval in shape with a thistle head marking north, south, east and west points. These are separated by a strand of flat twisted silver between narrower bands of flattened twists. Raised up in the centre is a beautiful orange & white banded agate, held in place by a series of 15.
The agate is semi-transparent (see photo 1). The pin fastens with a roller safety catch. There are several sets of marks on the reverse. At the top is'Scotland'; opposite this at the bottom is a set of Glasgow marks (tree & fish), a lion rampant and thistle for Scotland, and a date letter, and to the left of this is Robert's maker's mark. However, this has been double-stamped by the look of it, making it less easy to read!Looks like the first stamping went off the edge - and the subsequent one doesn't quite line up. Of the 3 sets of marks, it's also the most polished! Precious brooch this was to its owner, there's a set of numbers, scratched onto the reverse at a later stage. By a jeweller who was presumably cleaning or repairing it. If it's the latter, it's not clear what this was as the condition is very good.
Dimensions: 47mm x 42mm (overall). Stone dimensions: 28mm x 18mm x 3mm. Currently I only post within the United Kingdom &.
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