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Victorian Grape Leaf Brooch

Ostby & Barton grape leaf brooch. (J9077)

Grapes and Pearls!

Beautifully detailed grape leaves and a cluster of fresh water pearls cascade across the oval frame of this Victorian brooch.  In Victorian times grapes and grape leaves were a symbol of Christ, but also carried overtones of Bacchus and riotous revelry.  Created by Ostby & Barton in 10kt gold, circa 1890.


Ostby & Barton grape leaf brooch. (J9077)

The brooch is beautifully crafted with a sturdy pin stem and early "C" clasp.  Note the detail visible on the back of the larger grape leaf and the solid back plate that supports and protects the cluster of pearls.


Ostby & Barton grape leaf brooch. (J9077)

The maker's mark of Ostby & Barton ("OB") is found on the clasp along with "10K" for the purity of the gold.  Ostby & Barton was founded in 1879 and created fine jewelry in Providence, Rhode Island for over 80 years.  One of the firm's founders, Engelhart Ostby, perished in the ill-fated inaugural voyage of the Titanic.

Name:  Grapes and Pearls

Cost:  Although this brooch has sold,  you will find many more beautiful brooches in the Antique Brooch Gallery.

Measurements:  This Victorian brooch is crafted in 10kt yellow gold measures 1 1/8" by just over 5/8".  Weighs 2.1 grams.


Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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