Antique Georgian Double Witches Heart Brooch Pin set with Garnet and Paste

The witches heart, with a tail that almost always twists to the right, was a piece of jewelry that had a purpose. Originally it was used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits, especially during childbirth and nursing. This style of heart had become so popular in Scotland in the 17th century that it was sold from small stalls or locked booths and so is sometimes also called a 'Luckenbooth'. By the time that this double Witches heart was made in the 18th century, the meaning had changed somewhat and these double hearts were often given as tokens of love, to indicated that the wearer had ‘bewitched’ the giver! 

This fabulous Georgian double Witches heart brooch is set with garnets and paste gems in silver. It was hand crafted in England or possibly Scotland around 1820 and has a lively fiery glint. The garnets are flat cut and squarish, the pastes are cut to match. This brooch does show some signs of having an old repair to the pin stem, please look carefully at the photos to see this, it’s quite stable and I wouldn’t touch it as is it’s really unnecessary. This brooch measures 31 mm top to bottom and 30.3 mm across, it weighs 6.2 grams. 

These old Witches heart pieces are getting seriously hard to come by, if you’ve ever wanted one, here’s your chance! 

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