This larger size cross comprises 6 pieces of Montrose blue agate set between a hand engraved foliate design, around the outer and internal edges of the cross. Beautiful pale blue Montrose agate is the most desirable, and sought after, of the all the Scottish agates. Marks: The cross is not hallmarked, but my jeweller confirms it is sterling silver. Condition: The front and rear silver surfaces of the pendant are remarkably clear of any dents, or dings.
Unlike many of these crosses, I think this one is solid silver, not hollow, but I can't be 100% sure. There are tiny scratches, merely comprising general'age patina' on the rear.The agate stone sections are beautifully set - and are remarkably free from damage. The cross itself has a hanging length of 2 & 1/2 inches (6.5cm). Antique Cross Victorian Scottish Sterling Silver Blue Montrose Agate Hand Etched. This is a very fine example of Victorian Scottish stone set jewellery, and it is in excellent condition! Queen Victoria often made Balmoral Castle (in Scotland) her residence, and in doing so, made all things'Scottish' very fashionable in the late 19th century.
Jewellery items made of Scottish agate were very popular gifts in Victorian times, to a sweetheart, a betrothed or a dearly loved family member or friend. This traditional item, may well have been a beautiful gift brought back from Scotland for a special person.. Due to it most likely originating from Scotland, where a lot of this style of jewellery was made, and hallmarks were often not used. The agates do sit up proud of the silver, but in such a uniform way that I think this is how they were set. There is one teeny flea bite chip on the left of the top set agate, (see photo), but only visible under magnification.
Dimensions: The cross itself has a hanging length of 2 & 1/2 inches (6.5cm) including the silver bale. The cross is 1.25 inch (3.3cm) wide. It weighs 9.8 grams. Overall, a hard to find Scottish Montrose agate cross in such good condition, attractive Celtic cross - ready to wear and give many more year's enjoyment, and perhaps become a family heirloom to be passed on. It would make a most attractive addition to any Victorian Scottish silver collection.All items are posted promptly and are carefully packed. Australia is via Regular Ordinary Post (for lower value items); and by Registered or Tracked Post (or an Express Post Trackable satchel on request) for higher value items. Each listing will advise specific postal options. Please contact me within 30 days of receiving your item, to arrange an immediate return. My lifelong passion has been collecting a wide range of antique and vintage jewellery, particularly Victorian and Edwardian jewellery. I have been lucky enough to travel extensively, and have always been on the hunt at antique auctions, fairs and flea-markets! I always reply promptly but please don't forget our international time zone differences!
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