Victorian Faith, Hope & Charity Brooch Pin Silver Gilt

Symbolism was powerful to the Victorians. With strict rules of society and culture they had to express themselves in non-verbal ways, like through art, music and literature. When it came to jewelry, symbolism and creativity were combined. This faith, hope, and charity brooch was a popular motif during the Victorian era. We have the cross, a traditional symbol indicative of faith, the heart, a symbol reaching back thousands of years, which is representative of charity and last but not least, there’s the anchor; long associated with sailors at sea, it indicates hope and steadfastness. A sailor hopes to land an anchor in a safe place after a long journey.

This silver gilt brooch was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1900. It’s a late Victorian brooch that features the traditional cross, heart, and anchor motif set on a crescent. It also spells out the words, “Faith Hope Charity”. This antique pin measures 41.5 x 21 mm and weighs 2.8 grams. It bears the assay mark for Birmingham, the lion mark for sterling, the date letter, “a” for 1900, and the maker’s mark, “P&T”.

A faith, hope, and charity accessory was typically gifted by sweethearts, from mothers to children, or between sisters.

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Item ID: BHA22763VA

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