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Dating a brooch depicting 19c dress....
by: Yvonne

Hi Martin, all it means, is that the brooch depicting a lady wearing 19c dress is not British made. Countries have their own hallmarking systems that are all different and continually changing over time.

Yes, it COULD be European. Maybe you could identify some clues by the style of the 19c dress. Some people also tend to forget the most obvious - does the brooch look old? What type of closure, and the pin stem itself. Is it long or short? What type of hinge? The tube hinge was used until the 1890s. The findings will provide important clues.
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Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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But COULD it be 19th century?
by: Martin

There is no dot before the 750 mark. Does this mean it absolutely cannot be 19th century or were some countries marking their 18 carat gold jewellery with just 750 at that time?

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Decimal Values on Antique Jewelry and Dates
by: Yvonne

Good question! In 1854 there was a MAJOR change to hallmarking which allowed the carat number PLUS the decimal value such as 9 with .375 or 18 with .750 to be marked on items.

The decimal POINT was dropped off circa 1975. This will help you identify age.

Also just because the gold brooch depicts a woman wearing 19th century dress this doesn't necessarily mean the brooch was made in the 19th century.


best regards,
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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