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Antique Victorian brooch gold English bulldog dog 19th century Unisex (7420)

Antique Victorian brooch gold English bulldog dog 19th century Unisex (7420)

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Antique Victorian Bulldog brooch. 9ct yellow gold. Made in the United Kingdom, 19th century. Unisex - suitable for a man or a woman.

Measurements: Weight is 8.2 grams. Total length from tail to muzzle is approximately 1 1/3 inches (3cm).

Description : Bulldog standing in profile is naturalistically modelled, showing off his muscles and a textured coat. The pin at the back with hinge on one side and sturdy double clasp with locking lever on the other. All done in 9ct gold and all original.

Marks and Metal: Hidden in the texture of the dog's coat, are the marks: 9 and 375, all of which stand for 9ct gold.

Condition: Good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.

THE STORY: like today, the English were passionate dog lovers during the Victorian era. The Queen herself was never seen in private without being accompanied by Dash, her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Another firm favorite was the bulldog, seen as the emblem of Great Britain and strength of character in people like Winston Churchill. Bulldog brooches were particularly popular during the Victorian period.

Interestingly, the French are no less devoted to their Bulldogs and at least as much jewelry was made in that form as the English Bulldog. Wearing a bulldog brooch can identify you amongst your fellow dog-lovers and remind all of the values of strength, loyalty and devotion. Perfect, surprisingly affordable jewelry for a man or a woman as we are entering an era when gender holds no barriers.
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