Kate Greenaway was a beloved children's writer and illustrator and a rival of Randolph Caldecott. Her first book was, 'Under the Window', a best-selling collection of stories about the idyllic lives of children. Her wonderful characters were used widely in Victorian times to decorate porcelain, clothes, and all manner of items, including jewelry. She would portray her characters in early 19th century clothing, which in turn influenced the Victorian fashion of the times. Liberty of London adapted her drawings as designs for actual children’s clothing! This sweet brooch is a stunning example of how her illustrations shaped fashion.
This Kate Greenaway brooch was handcrafted in Victorian England around 1890. It is crafted in 18 karat gold and features the motif of a boy whispering into a girl’s ear. A fence makes up the background while a cute cat and a woven basket sit near the couple’s feet. This brooch pin is decorated with two pearls and two rose cut diamonds. This piece measures 32.5 x 24 mm and it weighs 8.1 grams. It bears the gold purity mark, “18” and the maker’s mark, “AF”.
I always found Kate Greenaway to be a role model. Her career is aspirational as her work affected both the literary community and the fashion industry. She was a woman making strides well over a hundred years ago and her books are still coveted today. This brooch is a token of her successes and her brilliant imagination.
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