Britannia Rule The Waves

Antique brooch with "Naval Crown" in pearls & gold, Great Britain circa 1910

A noble coronet made of gold and shimmering pearls decorates the present brooch from the first 20th century. It is a so-called "Naval Crown", which is a special feature of English coats of arms. These naval crowns are made of inflated sails on the mast and the prows of a ship. In English coats of arms, the Naval Crown often takes over the heraldic function of the mural crown of city coats of arms, which is widespread in Germany, and shows the maritime connection of a respective city. Perhaps our brooch was once the jewelry of a resident of an English coastal town? In any case, the piece of jewelry is to be understood as a profound expression of deep attachment to the sea. The crown is set on an oval base of mother-of-pearl held by a black enameled framing of gold. Typically British in this piece of jewelry is the fineness of 15 carats, which was used only until 1932. We date the brooch to the reign of Edward VII. To us it found in London.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.