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1930s Alfred Jewel Souvenir Brooch

$675

This is a silver replica of the famous "Alfred Jewel" currently in the Ashmolean Museum. The inscription is 'Aelfred mec heht gewyrcan' which means 'Alfred ordered me to be made'. The original aestel (made of gold) dates to the late 9th century, but several similar ones have been found; the Anglo-Saxon king sent them to important church members throughout his land. What's an "aestel", you ask? It's a handle for a pointer which you'd use to follow the words on a page. Apparently there are Victorian era souvenir copies kicking around but this one is from the 1930s which is unusual.

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  • Materials

    sterling silver, enamel

  • Age

    Birmingham assay marks for 1934

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    2" x 1 1/8"

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Art Deco

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Art DecoEra

19151940

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.