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Victorian Owl Brooch

In ancient times, the owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their divine pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena's blind side so that she could see the whole truth. This Victorian brooch features a ruby-eyed owl with beautifully rendered feathers and talons perched atop a gold branch.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), silver, 2 1mm ruby cabochons

  • Age

    c. 1890

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/2" pin, 3/4" x 5/8" owl and branch

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