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Scottish Provincial Silver and Granite Brooch - Aberdeen
Reference: S1353
Period: Victorian
Year: Circa 1870
Silversmith: Rettie & Son
Place: Aberdeen
Price: $ 160.00
Weight: 17 grams
Dimensions: 5.1cm * 3.5cm
Condition: Good - small crack and chip in granite, probably original, does not detract. Brooch pin intact and working, slightly wobbly and loose.

Description: A Scottish Provincial sterling silver brooch from Aberdeen, with a silver rim surrounding a polished oval pink granite. Aberdeen is known as the "Granite City", with its' building stone quarried from Rubislaw Quarry. The brooch is hallmarked with makers mark R&S and ABD, the unofficial Aberdeen town mark. Rettie and Son worked between 1824 and 1892, and are well known for their jewellery with the local granite (Benjamin, Antique Jewellery, page 92). The book "Aberdeen Silver, A Collectors Guide, Michael Wilson, pg 56, describes Rettie & Sons as "famous for silver and granite jewellery" Wilson also explains that the salmon pink granite used in this brooch is from the Corrennie Quarry, granite from Rubislaw is grey (pg 14).
Scottish Provincial Silver and Granite Brooch - Aberdeen
Scottish provincial brooch

Scottish Provincial Silver and Granite Brooch - Aberdeen
Back of Brooch and Pin

Scottish Provincial Silver and Granite Brooch - Aberdeen
Scale

Scottish Provincial Silver and Granite Brooch - Aberdeen
Hallmark

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