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Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11265
Period:
Year: Circa 1900-1910
Silversmith: Alexander Ritchie
Place: Iona
Price: $ 410.00
Weight: 20 grams
Dimensions: 4.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, pin in full working order. Safety pin and chain also present.

Description: An Iona sterling Silver Prioress Anna Disc and Shield brooch, made by Alexander Ritchie of Iona, one of the most respected and sought after Scottish silver jewellers of the 20th century. The brooch is a classic Ritchie design in Celtic Arts & Crafts style, a convex shield with Celtic cross, and central knotwork boss. The 4 arms feature a copy of the stone effigy of Prioress Anna Maclean of Iona, the central boss reads "Prioress Anna - Iona". The original stone carving of Prioress Anna is still visible on Iona. The brooch is cast, the pin is in full working order, and the original safety pin chain is still intact and working. The hallmarks are worn, makers mark AR is just visible, as is "IONA" which is legible but worn. A second AR and IONA is present but badly worn. No date letter or townmark is present. We assume this means this was an early Ritchie piece, made before he started using the Chester assay office in 1910. A registration number (to protect the design) is clearly visible, Rd No 664083. Alex Ritchie's work was inspired by the ancient Celtic and Viking carvings on Iona. (All information courtesy of Alexander Ritchie website, where an identical brooch is depicted, see link on our links page).
Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie

Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
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Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
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Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
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Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
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Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie
Iona Silver Prioress Anna Disc & Shield Brooch - Alexander Ritchie, scale

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