Chop, chop, chop, little horse, run gallop!

Antique horse jumping lapel pin with enamel & diamonds, England circa 1895

Horse racing has been known as the sport of kings since time immemorial, but in England in particular it has also been the passion of the aristocracy and bourgeoisie for centuries. The English thoroughbred, bred specifically for gallop racing, is considered the fastest racehorse of all and some of the most famous racecourses in the world, such as Ascot and the Epson Derby, can be found in the United Kingdom. To this day, the big races are highlights of social life, where seeing and being seen is at least as important as the sport itself. It has also been handed down from Queen Victoria that she loved horse racing. On one occasion she is said to have been so excited that she broke a window of the royal box at Ascot when she rushed out to watch the finish. Even her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II, otherwise known for her controlled manner, sometimes shows an astonishing passion at the horse races and is not averse to betting herself. The present lapel pin from the last years of the 19th century is a testimony to this English enthusiasm for horses. As a showpiece, it presents a jockey in black and white dress on a horse studded all over with diamonds. At a stretched gallop it hurries to the right. We can barely glimpse the details of the scene, so dazzled are we by the speed of the finely crafted piece. While the pin is made of gold, the diamonds are set in light silver settings. The noble pin has survived the passage of time in its box superbly. This makes for a wonderful piece of jewellery for blouse, dress and jacket that you can use to add a touch of Ascot wherever you go!

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