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Heart brooch

heart brooch

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A type of brooch in the shape of the outline of a heart, or sometimes two adjacent or interlocking hearts, and having a transverse or vertical pin. Such brooches, made of gold or silver, were constructed in the same manner as a ring brooch. They were popular in Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries, being given as love tokens, some having an amatory inscription on the front or the reverse. Some Scottish examples made from c. 1708 are surmounted by a crown, with occasionally a bird's head.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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