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Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Enamel Sweetheart Brooch     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11057
Period: Edward VII
Year: Circa 1900-1914
Silversmith:
Place: London
Price: $ 2 150.00
Weight: 7 grams
Dimensions: 3.2 cm height
Condition: Excellent, gold hinge, pin and clasp in full working order. All 77 diamonds present. 2 small chips to blue enamel, only visible under magnification.

Description: A fabulous quality Royal Fusiliers City of London Regimental sweetheart brooch, with 77 diamonds set in Platinum and 9 carat gold. The badge consists of a Fused (or smoking) Grenade, above a Tudor rose enclosed by Royal Garter, with motto "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense", translated "evil to him who evil thinks", surmounted by Royal crown. The grenade has 63 diamonds, the rose has 11 diamonds, gold lettering surrounded by blue enamel, and the crown has 3 diamonds and red enamel. The pin, clasp and hinge are all solid 9 carat gold, the diamonds are set in platinum. The brooch is hallmarked "9Ct" for 9 carat gold, and "PLAT" for platinum. Platinum usage in high end quality jewellery only commenced at the turn of the 20th century during Edwardian times, it's usage had died out by World War II due to expense, so we can date this brooch to either the Boer War or World War I. The Royal Fusilier (or 7th Regiment of Foot) regiment dates back to 1685, and has seen service in the American War of Independance, Napoleonic Wars, Crimea War, Boer War and both Great Wars, its members have earned 22 Victoria Crosses. It lost 22 thousand men during World War I, as commemorated in it's memorial on Holborn Street, London (see picture). Note - This brooch is accompanied by an original drawing on card by the jeweller. It is also accompanied by a valuation certificate from Gemlab, confirming authenticity of diamonds (0.53 carats, single cut, G/H colour, VS/SI clarity), and 6.79 grams of 9 carat yellow gold and platinum, replacement value R 32300.
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