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Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
Reference: S1794
Period: George VI
Year: 1941
Silversmith: John William Barrett
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 1 700.00
Weight: 13 grams
Dimensions: 3.3 cm height
Condition: Excellent, clasp in full working order.

Description: A fabulous quality gold and Diamond World War II Sweetheart brooch, for the Gordon Highlanders Regiment. The brooch has a textured 9 carat gold stags head with impressive antlers, green cabochon eyes (we assume emerald) and two red faceted stone nostrils (we assume ruby). The stags head is surrounded in a wreath of 18 leaves (white 9 carat gold), each leaf contains a diamond, and sits above a crown (which also contains 5 diamonds, so 23 diamonds in total, all are present). The regimental motto "BYDAND", translated as "Stand and Fight", in gold letters set in blue enamel sits in a gold scroll at the base. The hallmarks are clear, and include makers mark J.W.B, 9 and .375 indicating 9 carat gold, anchor town mark for Birmingham and date letter R for 1941. The pin is also hallmarked 9 .375 indicating it is also 9 carat gold. John William Barrett was a manufacturing jeweller who worked between 1903 and 1953, a number of other high quality sweetheart brooches are known by him, so we assume this was an area of specialisation. The Gordon Highlanders existed for 113 years between 1881 and 1994, it is now amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Winston Churchhill called the Gordon Highlanders "the finest regiment in the world", they fought with distinction in the Boer War and both World Wars, earning a total of 19 Victoria Crosses, 11 of which can be viewed in the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, a 5 star visit Scotland attraction (www.gordonhighlanders.com).
Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
Gordon Highlanders gold diamond sweetheart brooch

Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
gordon highlanders gold sweetheart brooch - stag, bydand

Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
gordon highlanders bydand - side view, sweetheart brooch

Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
John William Barrett, birmingham, 9 carat gold hallmarks, 375

Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
gordon highlanders WWII sweetheart brooch - bydand, scale

Gordon Highlanders Gold and Diamond Sweetheart Brooch - Bydand, Stand and Fight - John Barrett
Gordon highlanders sweetheart brooch - back

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