The Luckenbooth gets it’s name from the locked booths that sold these iconic brooches along the Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. These brooches were part of the crown and heart motif which also birthed the claddagh ring design. They were usually given as a love token or a betrothal gift, the two hearts intertwining symbolized a lasting union. I was thrilled when I came across this very large and handsome example on my last trip to London, and was even more happier when I saw the early hallmark, dating this wonderful piece to the early years of the Victorian era.
This large antique silver Luckenbooth brooch was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1846. It bears an engraved scrolling design overtop two overlapping hearts topped with a crown. This brooch pin measures 71.5 mm top to bottom and 50 mm across at the widest point, it weighs 24.3 grams. It is fully hallmarked and bears the duty mark of Queen Victoria looking left, the lion passant, the date letter, “X”, the anchor for Birmingham, and the maker’s mark, “CW.Co” for Cronin & Wheeler.
This enduring silver token of romance would make an excellent gift for the one you want to love forever.
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