A wonderful Scottish arrow brooch from the Victorian era, c 1880! The striking piece, depicted as an arrow, features a beautiful narrow shaft of natural banded agate stone. The ombre-esque hue's of reddish orange through to translucent orange are divine, furthermore it is faceted which gives a nice definition and surface sheen. Sterling silver ends depict the arrowhead and detailed fletching at the opposite end. Ornate hand-engraved scrolls and etched patterns adorn the silver ends, adding further artistry and charm. A metal pin and c-clasp are attached to the back. No stamps are sighted which is typical for Victorian Scottish pieces such as this one - it has been tested to sterling silver.
The arrow motif was popular in Victorian times. As a weapon the arrow represents mortality, and with reference to Cupid's arrow represents uncontrollable desire and hope.
An exceptional piece of Scottish history, and would make a bonny piece on the collar!