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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
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We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our reference, " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". 
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VICTORIAN SWEETHEART PINS

The intricate symbolic pins shown below have been called by several names including Sweetheart Pins, Symbol Pins, Good Luck and Sentimental jewelry. Usually made of sterling or sterling with rose and/or yellow gold overlay, they are each a small study in the symbolism seen throughout Victorian life. Most of these were made from 1880s to circa 1915. Many of them are hallmarked for the maker, city and date, but many are not, too.

One maker who seems to have fashioned many of these pins, as well as hinged bangles and other sterling jewelry, is "S.Bros." (Sydenham Brothers) who worked in both Birmingham and Chester at the turn of the century, 1899-1900. Their pieces are also especially intricate and well made, and they did much more than just sweetheart pins.

The book "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery" by Diana Cooper & Norman Battershill, published in 1972, has a nice collection of this category of jewelry, as well as other sentimental jewelry.

The symbols on each piece are subject to many interpretations, just a few of which are listed here:

Cross Heart & Anchor = for Faith, Hope & Charity or Love
Birds = Lovebirds
Swallows = the soul winging its way to heaven
Padlock & Key = Entry to my heart
Flowers = many meanings depending on the flower
Forget-me-nots = the obvious, don't forget me
Ivy leaves = eternal love
Hearts = love

 

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with gold overlay padlock brooch with entwined ivy leaves and beaded bottom, rose and yellow gold, 1-5/8" by 5/8". Makers mark "WT" and hallmarks for Birmingham 1907.  View   #V38250 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart anchor pin in sterling with both rose gold and yellow gold overlay. The anchor shaped brooch has the "Faith, Hope & Charity or Love" motif inside a heart with hearts and flowers around it, 1-5/8" by 1-1/8". On the back are hallmarks for the maker "S. Bros", Birmingham sterling and the date letter for 1907.   View   View    #V38248 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart bow pin with gold overlaid hearts, scallops and flowers, 1-1/2" by 7/8". On the back is the maker's mark "WCM" and hallmarks for Birmingham sterling with the date letter for 1893.   View   #V38247

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a bird on the wing, double hearts and flowers and leaves of rose and yellow gold overlaid on sterling, maker's mark "S.Bros." (Sydenham Brothers), Birmingham sterling and the date letter for 1915. The details on this piece are amazing, and also include forget-me-not flowers and leaves for remembrance, as well as tiny etched accents. It is 2" by 7/8" and has a beaded edge.  View    #V38260 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose and yellow gold overlay and designs of entwined hearts, forget-me-not flowers and leaves, 2" by 7/8", maker's mark "S.Bros" (Sydenham Brothers) and hallmarked Birmingham sterling and the date letter for 1906.   View    #V38261 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose and yellow gold bird, forget-me-not flowers and leaves with tiny etched accents and beaded edge, 2" by 7/8". Hallmarked on the back for the maker "S.Bros", Birmingham sterling the the date 1903.   View    #V38262

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with gold overlay, a motif of Faith, Hope & Love in the center, surrounded by forget-me-nots and a beaded edge, 2" by 1". Hallmarked on the back for the maker "S.Bros" and hallmarks for Birmingham, sterling and the date letter 1900.   View    #V38251   VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with gold overlay, a motif of Faith, Hope & Love in the center, surrounded by forget-me-nots and a beaded edge, 1-3/4" by 7/8". Hallmarked on the back for the maker "S.Bros" and hallmarks for Birmingham, sterling and the date letter 1905.  View    #V38252 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with gold overlay, a motif of Faith, Hope & Love in the center, with ivy leaves, 2" by 3/4". Hallmarked on the back for the maker "JRE" and hallmarks for Birmingham, sterling and the date letter 1901.   View  #V38253

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with double hearts, flowers and leaves designs, hallmarked on the back for Chester sterling and the date letter for 1885, maker's mark not quite legible, 1-5/8" by 3/4".   View    #V38257 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart heart pin with bow, ivy leaves and a beaded edge, reinforced clasp on the back, 1". The hallmarks on the back are maker "J.C.", Chester sterling and the date letter for 1900.  View   #V38258 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with bird and flowers, hallmark illegible but circa 1900, 1-3/4" by 1/3".   View   #V38259 

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a light gold wash, a horseshoe within a horseshoe for luck with both etched and applied designs, 1-1/3" by 1-1/3". Maker's mark "S.Bros" and hallmarked for Birmingham sterling date 1894.   View   #V38272 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlay, a horseshoe with flowers and leaves on each side, 1-3/4" by 3/4". Hallmarked on the back for Birmingham sterling and the date 1889.   View   #V38273 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a horseshoe surrounded by flowers and leaves with a beaded edge, 1". Maker's mark, "S&B" and hallmarked for Chester sterling with a date letter for 1887.   View   #V38274

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a fancy lock and key surrounded by flowers and leaves. The maker's mark "W.T. is on the back, as well as the Birmingham sterling mark and the date letter for 1894. It is 1-1/2" by 5/8".  View   #V38246  VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with two hearts and ivy leaves, applied forget-me-not flowers and beaded edges, 1-5/8" by 1". Hallmarked for S.Bros, Birmingham sterling, date letter 1892. Some time in the past, the pin back has been reinforced for security, as shown in the photo.   View    #V38249 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a bird in flight, bow and ivy leaves set atop two hearts, hallmarked "WB Chester sterling" and the date letter for 1886, 1-5/8" by 3/4". There are tiny etched scrolls on the hearts and they have a beaded edge.   View   #V38245

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlay of a bird on the wing, flowers and hearts, hallmarked for Chester sterling 1901, 1-3/4" by 7/8".   View    #V38263 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlaid bird, flowers and leaves, beaded edge, 2" by 3/4". Hallmarked for the "S.Bros" maker, Birmingham and date c 1900.   View   #V38264 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart eye-shaped pin with leaves and swirls designs and beaded edge, hallmarks difficult to read but circa 1900, 1-1/2" by 3/4".    View    #V38265

 

VICTORIAN sterling brooch and earrings set in original box, flowers and scallops designs, brooch with locket back, hallmarked for Birmingham 1885, maker's mark "FV", brooch 1-1/2" earrings 1-1/4" total length. The brooch has a compartment on the back for hair or a tiny photograph. Boxed sets like this are hard to find and fun to collect.   View   View   View   View   #V35661  VICTORIAN sterling silver with rose and yellow gold overlay brooch and earrings hallmarked for Birmingham 1891, maker W.C.M., brooch 1-1/2", earrings 5/8".   View   View   #V35794 VICTORIAN butterfly and flowers motif silver brooch and earrings with gold overlay and beaded edge in original box, circa 1885, brooch 1-3/4" earrings 1-3/4" top to bottom. The brooch has a compartment on the back, but the glass is cracked. Boxed sets like this are hard to find and fun to collect.  View   View   View   View   View   #V35656

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a heart at the center overlaid with forget-me-not flowers and leaves, 1-3/4" by 3/4". Hallmarked on the back for the maker "H&W", Birmingham sterling, and the date letter obscured, but circa 1880s.  View    #V38254   VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlay of a heart and leaves, etched designs, hallmarked for maker "TA" in a shield shape, Birmingham sterling and the date letter for 1899. This has a cold soldered hinge repair so it is priced "as is", 1-5/8" by 5/8", as is.  View    #V38255 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose and yellow gold overlay and designs of hearts, forget-me-not flowers and leaves, 2" by 7/8:, illegible hallmarks.  View   #V38256

 

VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlay. The center motif is running feet and legs, called a triskele or a triskelion. There are flowers on either side, as well as a beaded edge, hallmarked for Chester sterling, date 1900, maker's mark hard to read.  The flag of the Isle of Man, is composed solely of a triskele, but I am not sure this pin relates to that symbol. Christine K tells me that the legs are armored, so they stand for the Isle of Man. Thank you Christine!   View  #V38266 VICTORIAN sterling and clear paste oval pin with ivy leaves around the edge, 1-1/8" by 7/8". Hallmarked for Birmingham sterling dated 1892. This is priced as is because one paste of the four is grayed.  View   #V38267 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with entwined horseshoes, roses and leaves on an oval pin with a scalloped edge, 1-1/2" by 1". Marked on the reverse, "S.Bros" and a faint hallmark circa 1900.    View    #V38268

 

VICTORIAN sterling with rose gold overlay pin with a star, flowers, etched designs and a beaded edge, 1-5/8" by 5/8". Maker's mark, "W.C.M" and hallmarked for Birmingham sterling and the date for 1892.    View    #V38269 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with rose gold overlay showing double horseshoes for good luck, flowers and leaves and a beaded edge, 1-3/4" by 1". Maker's mark "S.Bros" hallmarked for Birmingham sterling date 1890.   View   #V38270 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with anchor, heart and cross,  symbols for Faith, Hope & Charity or Love as well as a horseshoe, and flowers and tiny etched designs, circa 1900, 1-3/4" by 3/4".   View    #V38271

 

VICTORIAN silver brooch with gold overlay basket in both rose and yellow gold, hallmarked for Birmingham 1885, sterling and a maker's mark "WCM", 1-3/4" by 1-1/4".  View   #V37671 VICTORIAN sterling sweetheart pin with a center horseshoe with chain links on either side1-7/8" by 1/3". Maker's mark "M&J" and hallmarked for Birmingham sterling date 1889. Maker may be Mason & Jones per 925 web site.  View    #V38275 VICTORIAN silver bow brooch with rose gold overlay birds, flowers and scrolls, hallmarked maker "WCM", Birmingham sterling, 1901, 1-1/2" by 3/4".  View   #V37672

 


REFERENCES:
"Victorian Sentimental Jewellery" by Diana Cooper & Norman Battershill,  published in 1972
Warman's Jewelry by Christie Romero, Ed 3
Victorian Jewelry by Davidov & Dawes
EV Roddin Catalogue, 1887-9
 

 

 

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