This is a wonderful Georgian Scottish silver Luckenbooth brooch, dating to the 18th century. The brooch is made from silver sheet that has been intricately cut and pierced as an open heart, surmounted with a 'crown'. The back bears a pin housing, with a long silver pin and 'C' clasp.
A Luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. Luckenbooth is traditionally given to a bride by her groom on her wedding day as a symbol of love (heart) and loyalty (crown). Its name is believed to have come from the "Locked Booths" where these brooches were sold on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Locked booths were shops in Edinburgh from St Giles to Canon gate which became the city's first Jewellery shops in the 16th century (luckenbooth was a Scots word for a lockable stall or workshop).
This is an original antique Luckenbooth brooch with a working pin and in excellent condition.
OBJECT: Brooch "Luckenbooth"
DATE: 18th century
SIZE: 48mm x 25mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 4.88 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Sussex.
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