Description & Technical information

Set throughout with graduated old single, brilliant and rose cut diamonds, the diamonds to the body and wings in scalloped collets forming the feathers, the head highlighted with cabochon sapphire eyes, gold beak and talons, open set in silver and gold.

Weight: 17g

Date:  c.1900
Period:  Early 20th century
Origin:  English
Medium: Diamond and sapphire
Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.9 cm (2 x 0³/₄ inches)
Provenance: From the estate of Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin (1938 - 2021). Edward was the grandson of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, and the fourth Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. Stanley Baldwin was from an extraordinary family: Rudyard Kipling was his first cousin, Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter were both uncles, his mother Louisa was a novelist, and her siblings included the famous Macdonald sisters. Edward Baldwin was committed to rehabilitating his grandfather's reputation and, being an only child, spent much of his life as sole custodian of these family objects.

Images can be found online of Lucy ('Cissie') Baldwin, wife of Stanley Baldwin, wearing this owl brooch on various occasions.

Categories: Jewellery