Pair Georgian Silver Luckenbooth Brooches Pins Scottish Wedding Jewelry

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 historical 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 fabulous large pair 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.

These wonderful, early antique silver Luckenbooth brooches were handcrafted in Scotland, in about 1780. They bear minimalistic engraving overtop overlapping hearts topped with a crown. The brooches are hand crafted and so while I suspect they are a matched pair, they are very slightly different in size. One of the brooches measures 72 mm high and 52.2 mm across, the other measure 68.8 mm top to bottom and 51 mm across at the widest point, together they weigh 55.4 grams. These early beauties are unmarked and have been tested as silver.

These enduring silver tokens of romance were doubtlessly made as a wedding pair and they would make an excellent gift for a bride and groom.

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