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This is a splendid example of an amatory brooch, dating to the 17th century A.D. The brooch is formed as a crowned heart, with initials I*C*T. It is an original period example, of a style known in Scotland as a Luckenbooth brooch. The owner's initials likely represent the giver and recipient (being married). During this period initials on marriage coffers and silver spoons are often set out in '3's, so these initials may represent the gentleman's initial 'I' (for James) the 'C' ( for Catherine) and the 'T' for the surname, etc. The heart is crowned with a Marquis coronet, likely indicating a noble pedigree.
OBJECT: Heart Brooch
DATE: c. 17th century A.D.
SIZE: 42mm x 31mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 6.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, France.